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2012 Big 12 Schedule Breakdown - OSU to WVU
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
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Posted Feb 15, 2012


Breakdowns and analysis of each Big 12 team's 2012 schedule - Oklahoma State to West Virginia


Big 12 Schedules - OSU to WVU

Baylor | Iowa State | Kansas | Kansas State | Oklahoma
Oklahoma State | Texas | TCUTexas Tech | West Virginia


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Oklahoma State

Non-Conference Games: Savannah State, at Arizona, Louisiana
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Savannah State, at Arizona, Louisiana, at Kansas, Iowa State, TCU, West Virginia, Texas Tech, at Baylor

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Texas, at Kansas State, at Oklahoma

Summary: The Cowboys have a lot of work to do to rebuild and reload after coming so achingly close to playing for the national title, but they have the schedule to come up with another great run if, and it’s a huge if, they can get by Texas in late September.

Savannah State and Louisiana won’t be a problem, and Arizona is still going to be figuring out what it’s doing under Rich Rodriguez on September 8th. And then comes the week off to prepare for Texas. Win that, and with at Kansas and Iowa State to follow, 6-0 is possible before a home date against TCU and a trip to Kansas State. Going to Oklahoma is a problem, and closing out the year at Baylor isn’t a plus, but OSU gets Texas, TCU, and West Virginia in Stillwater. It also gets a revenge game against Iowa State at home has a terrific stretch from September 15th to November 3rd with just one road game.

Sep. 1 Savannah State
Sep. 8 at Arizona
Sep. 15 Louisiana
Sep. 22 OPEN DATE
Sep. 29 Texas
Oct. 6 OPEN DATE
Oct. 13 at Kansas
Oct. 20 Iowa State
Oct. 27 TCU
Nov. 3 at Kansas State
Nov. 10 West Virginia
Nov. 17 Texas Tech
Nov. 24 at Oklahoma
Dec. 1 at Baylor

Texas

Non-Conference Games: Wyoming, New Mexico, at Ole Miss
Realistic Best Case Record: 11-1
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Wyoming, New Mexico, at Ole Miss, at Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Baylor, at Kansas, Iowa State, TCU, at Kansas State

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Oklahoma, at Texas Tech

Summary: The Longhorns are loaded up with veterans on offense and should have the Big 12’s best defense. The talent level is the best in the conference, but that hasn’t mattered over the last few years. The schedule won’t be a barrier to getting back to superpower status, but there are a few key landmines to sidestep.

The non-conference schedule is a walk with Wyoming, New Mexico, and Ole Miss all layups if the Longhorns are focused, and then comes a nicely timed week off before going to Oklahoma State to kick off the most important three game stretch of the season. OSU, West Virginia, and Oklahoma are likely going to be the three toughest teams on the schedule, and they all come in a row. If Texas gets to 6-0, it’ll be on the fast track to 12-0. However, don’t sleep on the road trip to Texas Tech, who’ll be experienced on defense and improved on offense. It could be the big curveball of the 2012 Big 12 season. An week off before facing TCU is a godsend, and closing out at Kansas State shouldn’t be too bad if Texas is back to being Texas.

Sep. 1 Wyoming
Sep. 8 New Mexico
Sep. 15 at Ole Miss
Sep. 22 OPEN DATE
Sep. 29 at Oklahoma St
Oct. 6 West Virginia
Oct. 13 Oklahoma (Dallas)
Oct. 20 Baylor
Oct. 27 at Kansas
Nov. 3 at Texas Tech
Nov. 10 Iowa State
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 TCU
Dec. 1 at Kansas State

TCU

Non-Conference Games: Grambling State, Virginia, at SMU
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 9-3

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Grambling State, at Kansas, Virginia, at SMU, Iowa State, at Baylor, Texas Tech, at West Virginia, Kansas State

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Oklahoma State, at Texas, Oklahoma

Summary: Welcome to the Big 12, TCU. Now go to Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Texas.

Gary Patterson has a strong team that can beat anyone on the schedule, but the new kid on the block isn’t getting any favors over the second half of the season with just one home game from mid-October to December 1st. Does anyone else in America have to go on the road in back-to-back weeks to face teams – West Virginia and Oklahoma State – that won BCS games last year? No. Considering Kansas State was good enough to have gone to the BCS, and Texas and Oklahoma are Texas and Oklahoma, it could be argued that TCU has the nation’s toughest finishing kick.

The Horned Frogs get five conference road games, but they also get a little bit of a break with Kansas State and Oklahoma at home and a week off before going to Texas. The non-conference schedule isn’t a breeze after warming up against Grambling State, hosting Virginia and going to SMU.

Sep. 1 OPEN DATE
Sep. 8 Grambling State
Sep. 15 at Kansas
Sep. 22 Virginia
Sep. 29 at SMU
Oct. 6 Iowa State
Oct. 13 at Baylor
Oct. 20 Texas Tech
Oct. 27 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 3 at West Virginia
Nov. 10 Kansas State
Nov. 17 OPEN DATE
Nov. 24 at Texas
Dec. 1 Oklahoma

Texas Tech

Non-Conference Games: Northwestern State, at Texas State, New Mexico
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Northwestern State, at Texas State, New Mexico, at Iowa State, Texas, Kansas

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Oklahoma, West Virginia, at TCU, at Kansas State, at Oklahoma State, Baylor

Summary: The Red Raiders will be better. They have to be with almost everyone returning on defense and with the offense full of veterans and loaded up for the passing game. The schedule should help the cause as Tommy Tuberville tries to get off the hot seat.

It’s Texas Tech, so the non-conference schedule isn’t exactly a challenge with Northwestern State, at Texas State, and New Mexico before getting a week off to rest up after the oh-so-taxing start.

There are only four road games in conference play with Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia all having to make the trip to Lubbock. It’s dicey in the middle of the year with back-to-back road games at TCU and Kansas State before hosting Texas. There aren’t any weeks off over the nine game conference slate, but the Red Raiders close out with three of the final four games at home.

Sep. 1 Northwestern State
Sep. 8 at Texas State
Sep. 15 New Mexico
Sep. 22 OPEN DATE
Sep. 29 at Iowa State
Oct. 6 Oklahoma
Oct. 13 West Virginia
Oct. 20 at TCU
Oct. 27 at Kansas State
Nov. 3 Texas
Nov. 10 Kansas
Nov. 17 at Oklahoma St
Nov. 24 Baylor (in Arlington)

West Virginia

Non-Conference Games: Marshall, James Madison, Maryland
Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Worst Case Record: 6-6
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Marshall, James Madison, Maryland, Baylor, at Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Kansas

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at Texas, TCU, at Oklahoma State, at Iowa State

Summary: Be careful what you wish for. If West Virginia was in the Big East, it would’ve been in the hunt for the national title. That’s not going to happen in the Big 12.

Remember, the Mountaineers barely got into the BCS last year but left a lasting impression with the obliteration of Clemson in the Orange Bowl, and while they’ll be better this year, the schedule will be far far, tougher.

Florida State got booted from the non-conference slate and now it looks nice and soft with Marshall, James Madison, and Maryland to deal with before diving into Big 12 play. On the positive side, there are only four conference road games and there aren’t any true road games until October. And then things get tough in a hurry with away dates at Texas and Texas Tech before hosting Kansas State. TCU, Kansas State, and Oklahoma all have to come to Morgantown, and the finishing kick is as easy as possible going to Iowa State and closing out against Kansas.

Sep. 1 Marshall
Sep. 8 OPEN DATE
Sep. 15 James Madison (in Landover)
Sep. 22 Maryland
Sep. 29 Baylor
Oct. 6 at Texas
Oct. 13 at Texas Tech
Oct. 20 Kansas State
Oct. 27 OPEN DATE
Nov. 3 TCU
Nov. 10 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 17 Oklahoma
Nov. 24 at Iowa State
Dec. 1 Kansas

- 2012 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Week Rankings
- 2012 Big 12 Schedule Analysis - Baylor to Oklahoma