TCU tops among Big 12 teams when it comes to scheduling

by Ryan Aber Published: September 26, 2013

Several Big 12 programs — many of the conference's best teams — regularly hit the road for big-time non-conference games. Several teams, though, rarely travel to play against foes from BCS conferences. We rank the programs in terms of non-conference road scheduling since 1999:

Rank. Team (Non-conference games against BCS-conference teams since 1999)

1. TCU (15)

The Horned Frogs needed marquee wins against BCS-conference teams to break through to college football's elite and they did it with aggressive scheduling that included games at Oklahoma (twice), Texas, Nebraska, Stanford, Clemson and Oregon State before joining the Big 12 last season.

2. Oklahoma (9)

The Sooners try to put at least one marquee non-conference game on the schedule, whether home or away. The philosophy has led to a slate that's included two road meetings with Notre Dame and trips to Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, UCLA and Washington among others.

3. West Virginia (14)

The Mountaineers numbers might be better than OU but that's largely due to seven games against Maryland on the road or at neutral sites during since 1999. But West Virginia hasn't been a slouch in scheduling, going to Notre Dame, LSU, Auburn, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Colorado and Mississippi State in that span.

4. Texas (7)

The Longhorns most notable road trip in recent years was to Ohio State in 2005 but Texas also went to Stanford, North Carolina, UCLA and Ole Miss in recent years as well as playing a home-and-home with old Southwest Conference rival Arkansas.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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