2012 Big 12 Schedule Breakdown
Kansas State RB John Hubert
Kansas State RB John Hubert
Posted Feb 15, 2012

Breakdowns and analysis of each Big 12 team's 2012 schedule - Baylor to Oklahoma

2012 Big 12 Schedules - BU to OU

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

Big 12 Composite Schedules 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007
Big 12 Team Breakdowns 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

- 2012 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Week Rankings
- 2012 Big 12 Schedule Analysis - Baylor to Oklahoma
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Toughest Schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when. From toughest to easiest ...
1. TCU
2. Kansas
3. West Virginia
4. Baylor
5. Kansas State
6. Iowa State
7. Oklahoma State
8. Oklahoma
9. Texas
10. Texas Tech

Non-Conference Games: SMU, Sam Houston State, at ULM
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: SMU, Sam Houston State, at ULM, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech

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

Summary: For a team that has some rebuilding to do, it'll be a must to work out all the kinks in the post-RGIII era early on with a slew of nasty road dates over the first half of the season. The Bears have just one home game over a five-game stretch from September 22nd to the end of October, but there's hope at the end with just one true road game in the final five.

The non-conference slate is manageable with three winnable games against SMU, Sam Houston State, and ULM before kicking off the new world of the Big 12 at West Virginia. Getting a week off before facing TCU is a plus, and getting Kansas at home before going to Oklahoma will help, but forget about winning the Big 12 title with road games at OU, Texas, and West Virginia.

Sep. 1 SMU
Sep. 15 Sam Houston St.
Sep. 22 at ULM
Sep. 29 at West Virginia
Oct. 13 TCU
Oct. 20 at Texas
Oct. 27 at Iowa State
Nov. 3 Kansas
Nov. 10 at Oklahoma
Nov. 17 Kansas State
Nov. 24 Texas Tech (in Arlington)
Dec. 1 Oklahoma State

Iowa State

Non-Conference Games: Tulsa, at Iowa, Western Illinois
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Tulsa, Western Illinois, Baylor, at Kansas, West Virginia

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

Summary: The Cyclones always seem to come with a stunning win out of the blue – like beating Iowa and Oklahoma State last season – and it's going to take a few shockers to come up with a winning season.

The non-conference slate is hardly a breeze with Tulsa and a trip to Iowa to start before the layup against Western Illinois. However, if ISU can work its mojo against Iowa like it's been able to now and then in the rivalry, 3-0 isn't out of the question going into the bye week.

Unfortunately, with no December 1st game, there's no break in the Big 12 slate going on a nine-week run. That means the conference opener at home against an experienced Texas Tech is a must before taking off for TCU. There isn't a rough stretch of road games – the November dates with Texas and Kansas are the only back-to-back road tests – but there isn't a sure-thing win on the lot. The team can't take a break.

Sep. 1 Tulsa
Sep. 8 at Iowa
Sep. 15 Western Illinois
Sep. 29 Texas Tech
Oct. 6 at TCU
Oct. 13 Kansas State
Oct. 20 at Oklahoma St
Oct. 27 Baylor
Nov. 3 Oklahoma
Nov. 10 at Texas
Nov. 17 at Kansas
Nov. 24 West Virginia


Non-Conference Games: South Dakota State, Rice, at Northern Illinois
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 3-9

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: South Dakota State, Rice, at Northern Illinois

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

Summary: Even if Charlie Weis is able to work his magic and make the offense work right away, it's going to be another rough year for the Jayhawks with few layups to count on. Even if KU is merely mediocre, it still might not be enough to pull off more than three wins.

The Jayhawks beat Northern Illinois last year, and they'll have to pull off another win over the MAC power to get off to a nice start. South Dakota State is no big deal and beating Rice is a must to have any dream of a decent year.

The week off before going to Kansas State is a plus, but going on the road for four games in six weeks will be rough. The home game against Iowa State might be the best chance at a Big 12 win, and getting a week off before facing West Virginia on the road probably won't help. The Jayhawks will have to catch someone napping, with the best chance coming on November 10th against Texas Tech, who plays Texas the week before and Oklahoma State the week after.

Sep. 1 South Dakota St
Sep. 8 Rice
Sep. 15 TCU
Sep. 22 at Northern Illinois
Oct. 6 at Kansas State
Oct. 13 Oklahoma State
Oct. 20 at Oklahoma
Oct. 27 Texas
Nov. 3 at Baylor
Nov. 10 at Texas Tech
Nov. 17 Iowa State
Dec. 1 at West Virginia

Kansas State

Non-Conference Games: Missouri State, Miami, North Texas
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 6-6

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Missouri State, North Texas, Kansas, at Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: Miami, at Oklahoma, at West Virginia, at TCU, at Baylor, Texas

Summary: Kansas State seemed to win every close game last season coming up with eight victories by seven points or fewer. It's asking way too much to be on the right side of every tight battle again, and this year, the schedule could by too tough to expect another ten-win season. The goal will be to hold serve at home. If the Wildcats can own Manhattan, including wins over Oklahoma State and Texas, the potential is there to surprise once again.

Missouri State and North Texas won't be a problem in the first three weeks, but it'll all come down to the Miami game. A win over the Canes for the second year in a row will mean a 3-0 start before going to Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the off-week comes before the relatively easy Kansas game. And then comes the run with four road games in six weeks, with two away games wrapped around two home games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The second off week comes before the finale at home against Texas.

Sep. 1 Missouri State
Sep. 8 Miami
Sep. 15 North Texas
Sep. 22 at Oklahoma
Oct. 6 Kansas
Oct. 13 at Iowa State
Oct. 20 at West Virginia
Oct. 27 Texas Tech
Nov. 3 Oklahoma State
Nov. 10 at TCU
Nov. 17 at Baylor
Dec. 1 Texas


Non-Conference Games: Notre Dame, two TBD
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 8-4
Likely Finish: TBD

Pre-Spring Projected Wins: Kansas State, at Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas, Notre Dame, at Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, at TCU

Pre-Spring Projected Losses: at West Virginia

Summary: The Oklahoma slate is interesting early with a few light scrimmages against UTEP and Florida A&M before getting a week to rest up for Kansas State. Because of a quirk, the Sooners get another week off after the Wildcats to prepare for Texas Tech, and then it's time hit the ground running with no other breaks the rest of the way. With Notre Dame locked in at one non-conference spot it would've been nice to get an off-week in late October, but it didn't happen.

In Big 12 action, the slate is spread out nicely without two road games in a row – not counting the neutral site showdown with Texas. After the Red River Rivalry, assuming the Sooners can dominate on their home field, there's a nice run of Kansas, Notre Dame, at Iowa State, and Baylor to help beef up the record before a three game showdown at West Virginia, Oklahoma State, and at TCU.

Sep. 1 at UTEP
Sep. 8 Florida A&M
Sep. 22 Kansas State
Oct. 6 at Texas Tech
Oct. 13 Texas (Dallas)
Oct. 20 Kansas
Oct. 27 Notre Dame
Nov. 3 at Iowa State
Nov. 10 Baylor
Nov. 17 at West Virginia
Nov. 24 Oklahoma State
Dec. 1 at TCU

- 2012 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Week Rankings 
- 2012 Big 12 Schedule Analysis - Oklahoma State to West Virginia