Ranking the Big 12 football games: OSU-Texas tops 2013 slate

The Cowboys play at Texas on Nov. 16, and the home squad hasn't won in this series since 2008.
by Berry Tramel Modified: June 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm •  Published: June 23, 2013
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36. OSU at Iowa State, Oct. 26: The Cowboys' first trip to Ames since November 2011, when ISU burst OSU's national-championship hopes and it wasn't even the worst news of the day.

37. Texas Tech at West Virginia, Oct. 19: It's 1,540 miles from Lubbock to Morgantown. Of course, it's 1,505 miles from Coral Gables to Chestnut Hill, and no one seems to mind that Miami and Boston College are in the same league.

38. Kansas at Rice, Sept. 14: Big referendum on Charlie Weis' progress. The Jayhawks lost at home to the Owls last September. Lose again, and optimism goes poof.

39. Kansas State at OSU, Oct. 5: The last two Big 12 champs would seem to be in line to stage a major tilt. But I don't believe in K-State unless Bill Snyder has a big-time quarterback.

40. Kansas State at Texas Tech, Nov. 9: In the Big 12 era, KSU was 1-5 against Mike Leach, but the Wildcats are 5-0 against Tech without Leach.

41. Tulsa at OU, Sept. 14: The Hurricane is a quality opponent, but Bob Stoops is 6-0 against TU, with an average score of 47-8, including three shutouts. Not that anyone should expect an OU shutout this season.

42. Iowa State at West Virginia, Nov. 30: Is ISU-WVU becoming a Thanksgiving weekend tradition?

43. Texas Tech at OU, Oct. 26: The Red Raiders won on their last trip to Norman, one of the most puzzling Sooner games of the Stoops era.

44. West Virginia at Kansas State, Oct. 26: No Bob Huggins to make this matchup overly interesting.

45. Kansas at Iowa State, Nov. 23: Here's how bad Kansas was last season. The Cyclones were the ninth-best team in the 10-team league, yet won 51-23 at KU.

46. North Dakota State at Kansas State, Aug. 30: The Wildcats always seem to struggle with lesser foes early in the season, but the Bison is not all that much lesser — North Dakota State has won two straight I-AA national titles.

47. West Virginia at OU, Sept. 7: Promise the same theater we saw last November in Morgantown, and I'll rank this in the top five. But for now, it seems like a humdrum conference opener.

48. Iowa State at Texas Tech, Oct. 12: Finally, Tech has a coach it loves, too. Now we'll see if Kliff Kingsbury can coach like Rhoads.

49. West Virginia at TCU, Nov. 2: The Mountaineers got their promising baseball coach, Randy Mazey, off the TCU staff. Wonder if that's where West Virginia will look for its next football coach?

50. Texas Tech at SMU, Aug. 30: SMU hasn't beaten Tech since 1986, pre-death penalty. Fourteen straight wins.

51. Iowa State at Kansas State, Nov. 2: Do you realize there are only five Big Eight schools left standing? The Oklahoma schools, the Kansas schools and Iowa State. Which means ISU-KSU is one of only five rivalries that have been played longer than four straight years — along with Bedlam, KU-KSU, KU-ISU and OU-Texas.

52. OU at Kansas, Oct. 19: Too bad the Sooners aren't playing New Mexico. Then their 2013 schedule would include games against the Notre Dame trinity of Brian Kelly, Charlie Weis and Bob Davie.

53. Iowa State at Baylor, Oct. 19: The Bears are 13-1 in their last 14 home games. OU's record in its last 14 home games is 11-3. Alabama's is 12-2.

54. SMU at TCU, Sept. 28: Kudos to SMU. With games against the Frogs, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, the Mustangs have the nation's best nonconference schedule.

55. Louisiana Tech at Kansas, Sept. 21: La. Tech won 52-24 at Illinois and lost 59-57 to Texas A&M in Shreveport. But the Bulldogs lost their coach, Sonny Dykes, and a ton of starters.

56. Iowa State at OU, Nov. 16: This game has to be better than the Cyclones' most recent trip to Norman, that 26-6 yawner in 2011 when the wind blew 50 mph.

57. OSU at Texas-San Antonio, Sept. 7: The Larry Coker Bowl. Coker started the UTSA program from scratch. He also coordinated the '88 OSU offense, a worthy predecessor to the current Big 12 machines.

58. Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State, Sept. 7: The Ragin' Cajuns have won two straight bowl games, and some think they could surprise KSU. But North Dakota State will sober up the Wildcats.

59. Louisiana-Monroe at Baylor, Sept. 21: Can you believe all these Louisiana mid-majors don't play each other? Lafayette and Monroe play, because they're both in the Sun Belt. But neither plays Louisiana Tech. Haven't since 2004 (Lafayette) and 2000 (Monroe).

60. Kansas at TCU, Oct. 12: If TCU could lose to Kansas in basketball, which happened last winter, then KU could lose to TCU in football. But don't bet on it.

61. Kansas at OSU, Nov. 9: The Jayhawks have beaten the Cowboys just once since 1995.

62. Kansas at Texas, Nov. 2: Case McCoy had to relieve David Ash last season to lead a last-minute, 21-17 Longhorn victory.

63. Texas State at Texas Tech, Sept. 21: Bobcats opened 2012 with a victory at Houston — then came home and lost 48-10 to Tech.

64. Louisiana-Monroe at OU, Aug. 31: When the Warhawks are the worst team on your schedule, you've got a decent schedule. They won at Arkansas last season.

65. Northern Iowa at Iowa State, Aug. 31: This isn't the typical I-AA pushover. UNI beat the Cyclones in 2007 and lost just 20-19 in 2011.

66. Buffalo at Baylor, Sept. 7: Where have you gone, Turner Gill? The Bulls were 4-8 last season, playing in the Mid-American Conference.

67. New Mexico State at Texas, Aug. 31: Aggies as good a pick as any for nation's perennial-worst program. They went 1-11 last season and didn't beat a I-A foe.

68. Wofford at Baylor, Aug. 31: The Terriers aren't a bad I-AA team — they tied Georgia Southern and Appalachian State atop the Southern Conference last season and played South Carolina within 24-7.

69. Massachusetts at Kansas State, Sept. 14: UMass had a rude welcome to I-A football, going 1-11 last season playing in the Mid-American Conference.

70. Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech, Sept. 7: It's hard to tell apart Stephen F. Austin and fellow I-AA Southland member Sam Houston State. Here's a clue. Stephen F. Austin is not the really good one.

71. Georgia State at West Virginia, Sept. 14: The Panthers move up to the Division I-A Sun Belt Conference, but that doesn't make Georgia State a better team. The Panthers were 1-10 last season playing in the I-AA Colonial Athletic Association.

72. Southeastern Louisiana at TCU, Sept. 7: The I-AA Lions went 5-6 last season and lost 62-10 at Missouri.

73. William & Mary at West Virginia, Aug. 31: The Tribe went 2-9 overall last season, including 1-7 in the Colonial. But if you're looking for bright spots, William & Mary lost five games by three points or less.

74. Lamar at OSU, Sept. 14: The Cardinals brought back football in 2010 after a 20-year hiatus. Lamar went 4-8 last season, playing in the I-AA Southland Conference. This won't even be a return for banished tailback Herschel Sims, who transferred from OSU to Lamar but has moved on.

75. South Dakota at Kansas, Sept. 7: The Coyotes went 1-10 last season, including 0-8 in the I-AA Missouri Valley Conference.


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...
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