The Big 12 Conference recently released the 2012 schedule of league football games.
As far as the home-and-away games are concerned, next year’s conference slate is essentially the reverse of where the games were played this season. Next year will be the fourth consecutive season for the 10-team, nine-game round-robin scheduling format. The conference championship game was discontinued after the 2010 season.
TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State each have three Big 12 home games in 2014. The remainder of the conference has four home dates during the conference season. Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kansas State are the only conference teams to have five true road dates against Big 12 opponents. Oklahoma vs. Texas, Baylor vs. Texas Tech are on neutral fields.
The conference season kicks off on a Thursday night, Sept. 25 with Texas Tech at Oklahoma State.
Several other observations about the 2014 Big 12 football schedule:
- Oklahoma and Baylor play three of their first four conference games on the road. The Sooners don’t play their first home game against a Big 12 opponent (Oct. 18 vs. Kansas State) until they have played three conference games (at West Virginia, at TCU and against Texas in the Red River Rivalry game in Dallas).
- Kansas State arguably had the hardest season-opener last season, having to face two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State. Things don’t get any easier in 2014. The Wildcats have to go to Fargo, N.D., to open next season as part of the two-game home-and-away agreement.
- Kansas State had the killer schedule to open the 2013 conference season. The Wildcats opened Big 12 play on the road at Texas, then to Oklahoma State the following weekend before hosting Baylor at home. In 2014, it appears that TCU drew the short stick as far as a front-loaded schedule challenge. In October 2014, the Horned Frogs host Oklahoma, then go to Baylor, but they do get Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at home the final two weekends in October.
- Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has expressed his opinion in the past against loading up the front-end or non-conference leg of the schedule. Looking at next year’s Cowboys schedule, you can understand where he is coming from. The Cowboys open the 2014 season against Florida State at the Jerry Jones Dome (AT&T Stadium) in Arlington, Texas. OSU began the 2013 season playing Mississippi State out of the SEC in Houston. The Cowboys will have a rough finish to the 2014 season, as well, with games at Baylor and Oklahoma.
- Texas has a difficult two-game swing in October next season, facing Baylor at home the week before taking on Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. The Longhorns also have to face Brigham Young and UCLA in the early non-conference games.
- Oklahoma begins the first of a two-game series with Tennessee next season. The Sooners host the Volunteers in Norman in 2014 (in the second game of the season) and the series flips to Knoxville in 2015.