The 2013 Big 12 college football schedule was released this afternoon and there are several intriguing match-ups that jump right off the page.
With the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas State Wildcats looking like the most promising “paper teams” for 2013, there are plenty of other match ups which should have some high television value for the networks and that could determine the landscape of not only the Big 12, but the BCS race as well.
Here are a few:
SEPTEMBER 21ST– TEXAS AT KANSAS STATE
OCTOBER 5TH– KANSAS STATE AT OKLAHOMA STATE
OKLAHOMA AT TCU
OCTOBER 12TH– BAYLOR AT KANSAS STATE
OKLAHOMA V.S. TEXAS (RED RIVER SHOOTOUT)
OCTOBER 19TH- OKLAHOMA STATE AT TCU
TEXAS TECH AT WEST VIRGINIA (WILDCARD)
*OCTOBER 26TH- KANSAS STATE AT WEST VIRGINIA
TCU AT TEXAS
NOVEMBER 2ND- OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS TECH
WEST VIRGINIA AT TCU
NOVEMBER 9TH- BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA
TEXAS AT WEST VIRGINIA
NOVEMBER 16TH- TCU AT KANSAS STATE
OKLAHOMA STATE AT TEXAS
NOVEMBER 23RD- BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA STATE
OKLAHOMA AT KANSAS STATE
NOVEMBER 30TH- BAYLOR AT TCU
DECEMBER 7TH- OKLAHOMA V.S. OKLAHOMA STATE (BEDLAM)
The first thing that stands out to me on the schedule is the early season, September 21st match up between Texas and Kansas State. After playing each other in the last conference game of 2012, these two teams face off in one of the first high-profile battles of the 2013 conference slate.
It will be a great early litmus test both for Mack Brown and Bill Snyder to see where their teams stand in preparation for the grind of the 2013 conference schedule.
As always, the October 12th Red River Shootout should have huge implications– especially if both teams are undefeated, which given the lay of their schedules, it’s certainly reasonable they could be at that point.
October 26th could be the biggest Saturday of October, as we’ll have a great feel where four potential powers lie when Texas battles the TCU Horned Frogs and the West Virginia Mountaineers take on Kansas State. The Wildcats and Mountaineers will be an unknown quantity in the early-going given they could both be looking at new signal-callers, but I have little doubt they will make the games on October 26th worth a watch.
November 16th and 23rd have some great promise as well, with things tapering off some as November ends and early December wraps up the conference schedule.
Which of these games do you think will have the biggest impact on the 2013 Big 12 Championship race?
Kris is the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.