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2011 Big 12 Schedule Breakdown
Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles
Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 7, 2011


The downsized Big 12 has its advantages. Now, a team has to truly earn the title in the new nine-game, round-robin format. This means more Big 12 games, fewer bad non-conference layups, and no missing the big boys. Can Ryan Broyles and Oklahoma get through unscathed? Which Big 12 teams have the toughest schedules (and the easiest)? Check out the analysis and breakdown for each team's slate.


2011 Big 12 Schedules

North Colorado | Iowa St | Kansas | Kansas State | Missouri | Nebraska
South Baylor | Oklahoma | Oklahoma State | Texas | Texas A&M | Texas Tech

Big 12 Composite Schedules - 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
Big 12 Team-By-Team Breakdowns 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- 2011 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Week Rankings
- 2011 Big 12 Schedule Analysis

Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...

1. Kansas State
2. Oklahoma State
3. Kansas
4. Iowa State
5. Missouri
6. Texas
7. Baylor
8. Texas Tech
9. Texas A&M
10. Oklahoma
Baylor

Non-Conference Games: TCU, Stephen F. Austin, Rice
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: The Bears get a chance to make a big national statement from the start against TCU, but if they lose, they get help from an easy start to the season with layups against Stephen F. Austin and Rice before starting out the Big 12 slate against Kansas State and Iowa State. If BU isn’t 4-1, it’s going to be a fight to get back to a bowl game with a harsh back half of the slate, It’s a plus to get Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas Tech at home, but it’s asking a lot to come up with more than two wins in those big games, and it’ll likely be a plus just to get to 1-3. BU can’t give away the home game against ISU and it’ll have to come up with a win at Kansas in November before dealing with the Sooners. 

Sep. 3 TCU
Sep. 10 OPEN DATE
Sep. 17 Stephen F. Austin
Sep. 24 Rice
Oct. 1 at Kansas State
Oct. 8 Iowa State
Oct. 15 at Texas A&M
Oct. 22 Texas
Oct. 29 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 5 Missouri
Nov. 12 at Kansas
Nov. 19 Oklahoma
Nov. 26 Texas Tech

Iowa State

Non-Conference Games: Northern Iowa, Iowa, at Connecticut
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Summary: Considering Northern Iowa always gives a push to the other Iowa teams, the Cyclones have a rough non-conference slate. The rivalry game against Iowa is going to be a fight, as always, and going to Connecticut isn’t going to be easy. If ISU can start out the year 2-1, consider it a major win. The off-week before the start of the Big 12 season is a must considering how brutal the start is with Texas in the home opener before going on the road to Baylor and Missouri. With a trip to Texas Tech, the Cyclones will have three road games in four weeks, and if that wasn’t nasty enough, the year closes out with two road games in the final three going to Oklahoma and Kansas State wrapped around a home date with Oklahoma State.

Sep. 3 Northern Iowa
Sep. 10 Iowa
Sep. 17 at Connecticut
Sep. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 Texas
Oct. 8 at Baylor
Oct. 15 at Missouri
Oct. 22 Texas A&M
Oct. 29 at Texas Tech
Nov. 5 Kansas
Nov. 12 at Oklahoma
Nov. 19 Oklahoma State
Nov. 26 at Kansas State

Kansas

Non-Conference Games: McNeese State, Northern Illinois, at Georgia Tech
Realistic Best Case Record: 7-5
Worst Case Record: 2-10
Likely Finish: 4-8

Summary:
Turner Gill and the Jayhawks have to get off to a big start. McNeese State would normally be seen as a layup, but considering KU’s offensive problems last year and the opener against North Dakota State, nothing can be taken for granted. Northern Illinois might actually come into Lawrence favored, but KU can’t give the home game away with a road trip to a revenge-minded Georgia Tech up next. The Big 12 season doesn’t do KU any favors with Texas Tech, at Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma right away, and road trips to Texas and Texas A&M down the road. However, if the Jayhawks can start 2-0, they can be in the mix for a bowl game by coming up with home wins over Kansas State and Baylor and if they can come up with a victory at Iowa State. However, it’s probably going to take at least two big upsets to get a 13th game.

Sep. 3 McNeese State
Sep. 10 Northern Illinois
Sep. 17 at Georgia Tech
Sep. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 Texas Tech
Oct. 8 at Oklahoma State
Oct. 15 Oklahoma
Oct. 22 Kansas State
Oct. 29 at Texas
Nov. 5 at Iowa State
Nov. 12 Baylor
Nov. 19 at Texas A&M
Nov. 26 Missouri (in KC)

Kansas State

Non-Conference Games: Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, at Miami
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 5-7

Summary: It’s Kansas State, so the non-conference schedule is … forgivable? Every team should start the season out with a layup to tune things up, and the Wildcats get Eastern Kentucky and an off-week to get their feet wet before hosting a Kent State team in transition. While those two games stink, it’s all okay considering the road trip to Miami to close out the pre-Big 12 slate. KSU has to get off to a hot conference start hosting Baylor and Missouri before going on the road for three road games in four weeks facing Texas Tech, Kansas, and Oklahoma State wrapped around a home game against Oklahoma. If October wasn’t rough enough, November roar in like a lion going to Oklahoma State and Texas and hosting Texas A&M. With this schedule, the Wildcats can’t give away winnable home games against Iowa State or Baylor.

Sep. 3 Eastern Kentucky
Sep. 10 OPEN DATE
Sep. 17 Kent State
Sep. 24 at Miami
Oct. 1 Baylor
Oct. 8 Missouri
Oct. 15 at Texas Tech
Oct. 22 at Kansas
Oct. 29 Oklahoma
Nov. 5 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 12 Texas A&M
Nov. 19 at Texas
Nov. 26 Iowa State

Missouri

Non-Conference Games: Miami University, at Arizona State, Western Illinois
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: Considering the regular season finale is a neutral site tilt against Kansas in Kansas City, and considering four other conference games are on the road, this isn’t that bad a slate if, and it’s a huge if, the Tigers can get to the middle of October still standing. Don’t sleep on the season opener against defending MAC champion Miami; the RedHawks are loaded with veterans and should be the preseason favorite to win the title again. Going to Arizona State should be a big problem against a team that gets almost everyone of note back, and Western Illinois, who gave Purdue a game last year, is hardly a pushover. And then comes the Big 12 opener at Oklahoma in a revenge game followed up by a road game at Kansas State two weeks later. The pressure will be on to win the home games against Iowa State and Oklahoma State in mid-October and Texas and Texas Tech in mid-November. Lose any of those, and the Big 12 championship hopes are gone.

Sep. 3 Miami Univ.
Sep. 10 at Arizona State
Sep. 17 Western Illinois
Sep. 24 at Oklahoma
Oct. 1 OPEN DATE
Oct. 8 at Kansas State
Oct. 15 Iowa State
Oct. 22 Oklahoma State
Oct. 29 at Texas A&M
Nov. 5 at Baylor
Nov. 12 Texas
Nov. 19 Texas Tech
Nov. 26 Kansas (in KC)

Oklahoma

Non-Conference Games: Tulsa, at Florida State, Missouri
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: 10-2

Summary: It’s a national title type of schedule as long as the Sooners can take care of business in the three big games away from Norman against Florida State, Texas, and Oklahoma State. The opener against Tulsa will be a nice test for the defense with the showdown at Florida State looming two weeks later. Getting Missouri, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M at home is a huge, HUGE break considering they’re three of the league’s six best teams, and, of course, the Texas game is a neutral site date at Dallas. Considering the problems over the years once the team leaves the state of Oklahoma, there are only four games outside of the borders. If OU has any dreams of going to New Orleans on January 9th, it needs to easily win road dates at Kansas and Baylor and has to put away Kansas State. It could all come down to the Bedlam date at Oklahoma State to close out the regular season.

Sep. 3 Tulsa
Sep. 10 OPEN DATE
Sep. 17 at Florida State
Sep. 24 Missouri
Oct. 1 Ball State
Oct. 8 Texas (in Dallas)
Oct. 15 at Kansas
Oct. 22 Texas Tech
Oct. 29 at Kansas State
Nov. 5 Texas A&M
Nov. 12 Iowa State
Nov. 19 at Baylor
Nov. 26 at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

Non-Conference Games: Louisiana-Lafayette, Arizona, at Tulsa
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: With the return of QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon, and after a few strong recruiting classes, the Cowboy offense should make a run to be almost as potent as last year. It’ll get one game against Louisiana-Lafayette to tune up for Arizona in what might be a fun shootout, and a trip down the road to Tulsa in a firefight that should produce 100 points. The hope will be for the team to be battle-hardened enough to handle a huge Big 12 opener at Texas A&M before getting a week off. Getting four Big 12 road games in six weeks is bad, and playing at Texas, Missouri, and Texas Tech, not to mention the earlier battle with the Aggies, isn’t fair. While the Oklahoma rivalry is in Stillwater, it’ll be coming off of road trips to Lubbock and Iowa State.

Sep. 3 Louisiana-Lafayette
Sep. 10 Arizona
Sep. 17 at Tulsa
Sep. 24 at Texas A&M
Oct. 1 OPEN DATE
Oct. 8 Kansas
Oct. 15 at Texas
Oct. 22 at Missouri
Oct. 29 Baylor
Nov. 5 Kansas State
Nov. 12 at Texas Tech
Nov. 19 at Iowa State
Nov. 26 Oklahoma

Texas

Non-Conference Games: Rice, BYU, at UCLA
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 9-3

Summary: Everything set up schedule-wise for a phenomenal 2010, with the back half apparently easy with so many home games against average teams … oops. This year, Texas will get two big chances early on to show that things have turned back around with BYU as big a must-win as Mack Brown has had in a long, long time. Lose that, and all of a sudden the road game at UCLA becomes a game of monumental proportions. Texas doesn’t play a true home game for over a month, starting with the date at UCLA and going through to the Oklahoma showdown, and there isn’t a big run of home games to rely on outside of a stretch of three home games in four weeks against Kansas, Texas Tech, and Kansas State. Going to Missouri and Texas A&M will be challenging, but getting Oklahoma State and Texas Tech at home is a positive.

Sep. 3 Rice
Sep. 10 BYU
Sep. 17 at UCLA
Sep. 24 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 at Iowa State
Oct. 8 Oklahoma (in Dallas)
Oct. 15 Oklahoma State
Oct. 22 at Baylor
Oct. 29 Kansas
Nov. 5 Texas Tech
Nov. 12 at Missouri
Nov. 19 Kansas State
Nov. 26 at Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Non-Conference Games: SMU, Idaho, Arkansas
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 7-5

Summary: The Aggies have a not-that-awful non-conference schedule with SMU certain to be dangerous, Idaho a competitive low-end bowl team, and Arkansas as good a game as anyone in the Big 12 has to face. The conference season starts out with a bang against Oklahoma State, and it might be a must-win at home with Arkansas to follow and the next Big 12 game at Texas Tech on the horizon. Having five conference home games is a plus, but going to Oklahoma could be a make-or-break moment of the season. Getting Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas at home is as big a break as A&M could ask for. The Aggies don’t leave the state of Texas until late October with a trip to Iowa State, and they only leave three times overall with the other dates at Kansas State and at Oklahoma coming at the end of the regular season.

Sep. 3 SMU
Sep. 10 OPEN DATE
Sep. 17 Idaho
Sep. 24 Oklahoma State
Oct. 1 Arkansas (in Dallas)
Oct. 8 at Texas Tech
Oct. 15 Baylor
Oct. 22 at Iowa State
Oct. 29 Missouri
Nov. 5 at Oklahoma
Nov. 12 at Kansas State
Nov. 19 Kansas
Nov. 26 Texas

Texas Tech

Non-Conference Games: Texas State, at New Mexico, Nevada
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Summary: If the Red Raiders can come up with any semblance of a defense, and if the offense can rebuild, the schedule sets up nicely for a big first half of the season after dumping TCU and keeping the easy non-conference games. The key early on will be to use the first two layups against Texas State and New Mexico to get everything in place, and then hope Nevada didn’t reload by September 24th. If Tech can beat Texas A&M at home on October 8th, there’s a terrific chance it’ll be 6-0 going into the showdown at Oklahoma. While going to Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas are going to be a problem to make a big run at the Big 12 title in the new round-robin format, there are enough winnable home games to hope for a really, really big season. Four of the conference games are at home and five are on the road, but if the Red Raiders are any good, they should be able to handle the extra away date at Baylor.

Sep. 3 Texas State
Sep. 10 OPEN DATE
Sep. 17 at New Mexico
Sep. 24 Nevada
Oct. 1 at Kansas
Oct. 8 Texas A&M
Oct. 15 Kansas State
Oct. 22 at Oklahoma
Oct. 29 Iowa State
Nov. 5 at Texas
Nov. 12 Oklahoma State
Nov. 19 at Missouri
Nov. 26 at Baylor