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Berry Tramel Published: July 27, 2008
Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel ranks all 96 games to be played by Big 12 Conference teams this season:

•1. Oklahoma vs. Texas (Oct. 11): Always the league's marquee game.

•2. Kansas vs. Missouri (Nov. 29): Another division-title showdown at Arrowhead Stadium?

•3. Missouri at Texas (Oct. 18): Could have national title implications.

•4. Texas at Kansas (Nov. 15): Return to scene of Mark Mangino's BCS quote. "That's right, BCS!”

•5. Virginia Tech at Nebraska (Sept. 27): Just like old times, a big game in Lincoln.

•6. Texas at Texas Tech (Nov. 1): Tech likely will be favored.

•7. Arkansas at Texas (Sept. 13): Shouldn't they play every season?

•8. Missouri vs. Illinois (Aug. 30): St. Louis showdown was a season-setting thriller in 2007.

•9. Texas Tech at Oklahoma (Nov. 22): A South Division title game?

•10. Kansas at South Florida (Sept. 12): Huge game for the Jayhawks — and the Bulls.

•11. West Virginia at Colorado (Sept. 18): Mountaineers will find Boulder a tough place to play.

•12. Oklahoma at OSU (Nov. 29): Bedlam in Stillwater has become great theater.

•13. Texas Tech at Kansas (Oct. 25): This year, KU gets the rough side of the Big 12 South.

•14. Oklahoma at Texas A&M (Nov. 8): Sooner-Aggie games at Kyle Field have been classics this decade.

•15. Missouri at Nebraska (Oct. 4): Can Bo Pelini turn Memorial Stadium into the snakepit it once was?

•16. OSU at Washington State (Aug. 30): Cowboys' season could be determined in Seattle.

•17. Texas at Colorado (Oct. 4): 'Horns have won last two trips to Boulder.

•18. Kansas at Nebraska (Nov. 8): Huskers seek revenge for 76-39 embarrassment.

•19. Oklahoma at Washington (Sept. 13): Sooners weren't spiffy on the road in 2007.

•20. Colorado at Florida State (Sept. 27): Played in Jacksonville, could be competitive.

•21. Kansas at Oklahoma (Oct. 18): An old rivalry is important again.

•22. Texas A&M at Texas (Nov. 27): Can Aggies make it three straight over 'Horns?

•23. Texas Tech at Texas A&M (Oct. 18): These guys don't like each other.

•24. Miami at Texas A&M (Sept. 20): Two wounded, prideful programs.

•25. Texas Tech at Kansas State (Oct. 4): Red Raiders finally find a fair fight.

•26. Texas at UTEP (Sept. 6): Dangerous slot for the Longhorns in El Paso.

•27. Colorado at Texas A&M (Nov. 1): Aggies need this one for a good year.

•28. Cincinnati at Oklahoma (Sept. 6): Cincy not a bad team.

•29. Washington State at Baylor (Sept. 13): Grand opportunity for Bears to beat a fellow BCS-league foe.

•30. Texas A&M at New Mexico: Just ask Tech; Albuquerque can be tough place to play.

•31. Texas A&M at Baylor (Nov. 15): Bears might have shot in the Brazos River Bowl.

•32. Colorado-Colorado State (Aug. 31): Underrated rivalry, played in Denver.

•33. Wake Forest at Baylor (Aug. 28): Demon Deacons are what Baylor aspires to be.

•34. OSU at Colorado (Nov. 15): Could be cold in the Rockies.

•35. Iowa State at Baylor (Oct. 11): Fifth home game for Bears in first half of the season.

•36. Kansas State at Louisville (Sept. 17): Fun Thursday night game.

•37. Colorado at Nebraska (Nov. 28): Once-great rivalry has gone strange.

•38. Oklahoma at Kansas State (Oct. 25): Doesn't sizzle like it did with Stoops vs. Snyder.


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