2013 Big 12 Schedule Breakdown - Baylor to OU
Oklahoma QB Blake Bell
Oklahoma QB Blake Bell
Posted Feb 11, 2013

Breakdowns, analysis and predictions for all the Big 12 schedules.

2013 Big 12 Schedules

Baylor to Oklahoma

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

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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. Oklahoma
3. West Virginia
4. Texas
5. Iowa State
6. Texas Tech
7. Kansas
8. Kansas State
9. Oklahoma State
10. Baylor

Non-Conference Games: Buffalo, at SMU, ULM
Realistic Best Case Record: 9-3
Worst Case Record: 4-8
Likely Finish: 8-4

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Buffalo, at SMU, ULM, West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma, at Kansas, Texas Tech

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Kansas State, at Oklahoma State, at TCU, Texas

Summary: The Bears kick things off with three winnable, but interesting games that look like cupcakes, but probably won't be. Buffalo should have a decent defense, SMU in Dallas will be a fight, and the ULM team that gave Baylor such a fight last year should be just as potent offensively. But it's still Buffalo, SMU and ULM – BU has to be 3-0 going into the bye week.

There can't be too many complaints with the conference schedule that has Oklahoma and Texas at home and with just four league road dates and a neutral site game against Texas Tech in Cowboys Stadium. West Virginia comes to Waco for what should be a fun and wild shootout before going to Kansas State. Iowa State and at Kansas in back-to-back weeks are must wins before an off week to get ready for Oklahoma. Closing out with the Sooners, Red Raiders, at Oklahoma State, at TCU and Texas will be trying.

2013 Schedule
9/7 Buffalo
9/14 at SMU
9/21 ULM
10/5 West Virginia
10/12 at Kansas State
10/19 Iowa State
10/26 at Kansas
11/9 Oklahoma
11/16 Texas Tech
11/23 at Oklahoma State
11/30 at TCU
12/7 Texas

Iowa State

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

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Northern Iowa, Iowa, at Tulsa, Kansas

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

Summary: Basically, as always for the Cyclones, it's going to take a few out-of-the-blue upsets to go bowling. It's a strangely planned out slate with two weeks off in September and none the rest of the way. The Cyclones open up with the always-feisty in-state game against Northern Iowa before getting a week off to get ready for Iowa and a trip to Tulsa. But just when teams begin to hit their stride, all of a sudden, there's another bye week before starting Big 12 play against Texas.

As if starting out against the Longhorns wasn't bad enough, ISU has to go on the road three times in the next four weeks going to Texas Tech and Baylor before hosting Oklahoma State and going to Kansas State. It's not like things ease up with TCU to follow before going to Oklahoma. Finally, there seems to be a bit of a break getting Kansas in Jack Trice, but the year finishes up at West Virginia.

2013 Schedule
8/31 Northern Iowa
9/14 Iowa
9/21 at Tulsa
10/5 Texas
10/12 at Texas Tech
10/19 at Baylor
10/26 Oklahoma State
11/2 at Kansas State
11/9 TCU
11/16 at Oklahoma
11/23 Kansas
11/30 at West Virginia


Non-Conference Games: South Dakota, at Rice, Louisiana Tech
Realistic Best Case Record: 6-6
Worst Case Record: 3-9
Likely Finish: 5-7

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: South Dakota, at Rice, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, West Virginia

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor, at Texas, at Oklahoma State, at Iowa State, Kansas State

Summary: The Jayhawks return a ton of veteran players, and now they need to win and win early with three good chances to get off to a nice start. After starting out against South Dakota, going to Rice and hosting Louisiana Tech won't be easy, but if KU can't win those, it's going to be ugly once the Big 12 season kicks in. Worst of all, after getting a week off at the end of September before the conference slate starts, the Jayhawks don't get another week off the rest of the way with nine straight games.

Three of the first four Big 12 games are at home, starting out against Texas Tech before going to TCU and getting Oklahoma and Baylor in Lawrence. However, three of the next four games are on the road starting out with back-to-back away games at Texas and Oklahoma State before hosting West Virginia and going to Iowa State. The brutal run finishes up against Kansas State.

2013 Schedule
9/7 South Dakota
9/14 at Rice
9/21 Louisiana Tech
10/5 Texas Tech
10/12 at TCU
10/19 Oklahoma
10/26 Baylor
11/2 at Texas
11/9 at Oklahoma State
11/16 West Virginia
11/23 at Iowa State
11/30 Kansas State

Kansas State

Non-Conference Games: North Dakota State, Louisiana, UMass
Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Worst Case Record: 5-7
Likely Finish: 7-5

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: North Dakota State, Louisiana, UMass, Baylor, West Virginia, Iowa State, at Kansas

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Texas, at Oklahoma State, at Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma

Summary: It's Kansas State, so there isn't exactly a killer non-conference game to deal with hosting North Dakota State, Louisiana and UMass to open up the year. To be fair, the Wildcats need the tune-up time – and the Ragin' Cajuns aren't cupcakes – before opening up the Big 12 slate at Texas. Not helping the matter is a date at Oklahoma State up next, but there's a week off to rest up and prepare.

In a strange scheduling fluke, KSU plays OSU and hosts Baylor before getting a second week off in a month before going on a six-game finishing kick. However, it couldn't be much easier with four of the six games at home and the two road games at Texas Tech and the regular season finale against Kansas. Five of the nine Big 12 games are at home with West Virginia, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma making the trip to Manhattan.

2013 Schedule
8/31 North Dakota State
9/7 Louisiana
9/14 UMass
9/21 at Texas
10/5 at Oklahoma State
10/12 Baylor
10/26 West Virginia
11/2 Iowa State
11/9 at Texas Tech
11/16 TCU
11/23 Oklahoma
11/30 at Kansas


Non-Conference Games: ULM, Tulsa, at Notre Dame
Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Worst Case Record: 7-5
Likely Finish: 10-2

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: ULM, West Virginia, Tulsa, at Notre Dame, TCU, Texas, at Kansas, Texas Tech, Iowa State, at Kansas State

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Baylor, at Oklahoma State

Summary: The Sooners have to be on upset alert from the start with Kolton Browning and ULM coming into Gaylord to kick things off, and the fun shootouts don't stop with a high-powered West Virginia team coming in next to start up the Big 12 season followed up by a date with a dangerous Tulsa squad. That should be enough tune-up time before getting to the meat of the schedule.

OU gets a week off to prepare for a revenge game against Notre Dame, but it's not crazy to suggest that the date with TCU the week after might turn out to be more challenging. And after all of that – five straight games against almost certain bowl bound teams – the Sooners make the trip to Dallas to face Texas. The schedule eases up a bit with a road game at Kansas and a home affair with Texas Tech before getting a week off, but three of the final four games are on the road going to Baylor and Kansas State – wrapped around a home game against Iowa State – before getting a week off to prepare for Oklahoma State. In all, six of the final nine games are away from Norman.

2013 Schedule
8/31 ULM
9/7 West Virginia
9/14 Tulsa
9/28 at Notre Dame
10/5 TCU
10/12 Texas (in Dallas)
10/19 at Kansas
10/26 Texas Tech
11/9 at Baylor
11/16 Iowa State
11/23 at Kansas State
12/7 at Oklahoma State

- 2013 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Weekly Rankings 
- 2013 Big 12 Schedule Analysis - OSU to West Virginia