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Big 12 football nonconference schedules: OU ranks third, OSU eighth

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Berry TramelbyBerry Tramel

Published: Mon, May 25, 2020 7:15 PM Updated: Mon, May 25, 2020 7:45 PM

Texas is playing a behemoth. West Virginia is playing two Power 5 Conference opponents. OU is playing a fascinating game that’s not even its marquee matchup.

Nothing much has changed in Big 12 football scheduling.

Big 12 football 2020 is a lot like college football 2020 everywhere: lots of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic. Will the games that are scheduled be played? Possibly. Perhaps even probably, after some optimistic moves of recent days.

The truth is, it’s too early to tell. But the college football season, now three months from the scheduled August 29 kickoff, is worth anticipation. And the nonconference matchups are a part of the pageantry of the sport.

College football is afflicted with dumbed-down scheduling – too many exhibition games against lower-division or overmatched opponents – but it also has enough quality games to get us excited for September.

Every year, I rank the nonconference schedules for each of the Power 5 conferences. Today, the Big 12. The schedules are ranked by quality of opponents and site of the games.

  1. West Virginia: Florida State in Atlanta, Eastern Kentucky, Maryland. Typical strong slate for the Mountaineers, who usually rank in the top three of Big 12 scheduling. When a Big Ten, regional rival is not your best game, you’ve got a good schedule.

  2. Texas: South Florida, at LSU, Texas-El Paso. No Division I-AA opponent. A road game at the defending national champion. Even USF isn’t a bad game.

  3. Oklahoma: Missouri State, Tennessee, at Army. No great game, but two interesting games, home against Rocky Top and at West Point.

  4. TCU: at California, Prairie View A&M, at SMU. Two road games, both against decent opponents? That’s a good schedule.

  5. Baylor: Ole Miss in Houston, Incarnate Word, Louisiana Tech. Good schedule, since Louisiana Tech has become a solid mid-major.

  6. Iowa State: South Dakota, Iowa, Nevada-Las Vegas. Three home games for the Cyclones, but at least one of them is Iowa.

  7. Texas Tech: at Texas-El Paso, Alabama State, Arizona. Give the Red Raiders credit for going to El Paso, but the Miners might be the worst team of Division I-A.

  8. Oklahoma State: Oregon State, Tulsa, Western Illinois. Both Oregon State and Tulsa are decent home games, but nothing to get too excited about.

  9. Kansas: New Hampshire, Boston College, at Coastal Carolina. Strange schedule. The Jayhawks’ western-most opponent comes from the coast of South Carolina.

  10. Kansas State: Buffalo, North Dakota, Vanderbilt. Should be a fairly easy 3-0 for the Wildcats.

Percentage of games vs. Power 5: 36.7% (11 of 30)

Percentage of road or neutral games: 26.7% (8 of 30) 

Percentage of non-return games: 46.7% (14 of 30)

Percentage of games vs. Division I-AA: 30% (9 of 30)

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Berry Tramel

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 Oklahoman,… Read more ›

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