The Big 12 conference is a tale of two conferences. The two favorites in the Big 12, Oklahoma and Texas, come from the same division. Nebraska and Missouri are possible candidates for the Big 12 North Champion but just about everybody would consider them a heavy underdog in the Big 12 Championship. However, that doesn’t make the games less important. Every team that wants to win the conference has to do it on the field and these are ten games that will be very important this Big 12 season.
Kansas at Kansas State – October 6th
Surprisingly Kansas is second in the Big 12 in offense and first in defense. Although Kansas so far has only played Central Michigan and SE Louisiana and next up are Toledo and Florida International. We’ll really see how good Kansas is when they play their first Big 12 opponent.
Nebraska at Missouri – October 6th
Some of the experts are picking Missouri to win the Big 12 North. Nebraska thinks they are back and will have something to say about it though. In the weaker North division this could be the most important game of the season.
Oklahoma at Texas – October 6th
The Red River Shootout is one of the biggest rivalries in all of college football. Last season it seemed like Texas would return to glory very soon with Colt McCoy while Adrian Peterson was on his way out of Oklahoma. But so far Oklahoma looks the better team. This game will probably decide who wins the Big 12 South.
Missouri at Oklahoma – October 13th
Some were picking Missouri to win the Big 12. Oklahoma looks like the best team in the Big 12 North. The match up between Missouri and Oklahoma could be a preview of the Big 12 Championship. Missouri would definitely show they have what it takes to win the Big 12 North if they can upset Oklahoma.
Nebraska at Texas – October 27th
Nebraska thinks that their team is ready to return to the top of the Big 12. If they can pull the upset against USC they might have some National Championship hope. Even if they don’t win that game they can still compete in the Big 12. Nebraska doesn’t have Oklahoma on the schedule this year so if they can beat Texas then the rest of the schedule is doable.
Texas A&M at Oklahoma – November 3rd
Texas A&M joined the top 25 last week and is looking to stay there and try and compete in the Big 12 South. If Texas A&M has any chance they have to win at least one of their games against Texas or Oklahoma.
Texas Tech at Texas – November 10th
Every year Texas Tech has a great offense. Texas Tech’s offense feasts early on against non-conference opponents and some of the lesser Big 12 teams but they can’t seem to break into the upper echelon of the Big 12. Texas has beaten Texas Tech seven out of the last eight games. If Texas Tech ever wants to be taken serious they need to be able to beat Texas.
Oklahoma at Texas Tech – November 17th
It wasn’t a huge deal that Oklahoma scored 79 on North Texas because it’s North Texas. But scoring 51 on Miami, down season or not, opened some eyes. Oklahoma looks like a great offensive team. Texas Tech has a great offense every year and these two teams will probably end up first and second in the Big 12 in scoring so expect a lot of scoring in this game.
Nebraska at Colorado – November 23rd
Nebraska and Colorado don’t get mentioned much when it comes to great rivalries but they’ve had some great games throughout the years. The Cornhuskers get the best of the Buffaloes more often than not but every once in a while the Buffaloes will come out of nowhere and upset the Cornhuskers.
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma – November 24th
Be careful of Oklahoma State. Oklahoma looks like the best team in the Big 12. If they beat Texas in early October they could start breezing through the rest of the schedule. But Oklahoma State could catch Oklahoma looking ahead to the Big 12 Championship game and pick them off. It wouldn’t be the first time Oklahoma State upset Oklahoma at the end of the season.