Ranking the Big 12 football games has some challenges

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 5, 2009 at 1:05 am •  Published: June 5, 2009
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Ranking the best Big 12 football games of the 2009 season is easy. Not as easy as ranking the worst Big 12 games of the 2009, but easy.

You take the games matching OU, Texas and OSU, the three teams picked among the top 12 or so nationally; add in the relatively few non-conference games worth beans; and then look for the marquee teams playing snakepit road games.

The bad games are easy, too. Just list all the Division I-AA matchups (there are nine) and check the Sun Belt foes, and there you have it.

It’s that middle that’s difficult, thanks to the North Division.

Who’s going to be good in the North? I have no idea, and I don’t think anyone else does, either.

Is Kansas-Missouri going to be a showdown? Or Nebraska-Colorado? We know the significance of OU-Texas or Bedlam. We don’t know whether Colorado-Kansas will determine a spot in Arlington, Texas, for the Big 12 title game or a berth in the Independence Bowl. Or both.

So the middle is a crapshoot. Suffice to say, at least early in the conference season, any Big 12 North game not involving Iowa State is going to have some intrigue.

Last year’s rankings weren’t too off target. I had OU-Texas No. 1, Texas-Texas Tech No. 5 and Tech-OU No.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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