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2008 Big 12 Team-by-Team Schedule Breakdown
Nebraska RB Marlon Lucky
Nebraska RB Marlon Lucky
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 3, 2008


The Big 12 isn't exactly pushing itself in the non-conference games, but the league slate will be a weekly killer with so many good teams. Do Marlon Lucky and Nebraska have a schedule to quickly rebound? Check out the analysis and breakdown of each team's schedule.

2008 Big 12 Team Schedule 

- 2008 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Top Games

Toughest schedules
Based on home games as well as who the teams play. when

North
1. Colorado
2. Kansas
3. Kansas State
4. Nebraska
5. Iowa State
6. Missouri

South
1. Baylor
2. Oklahoma
3. Oklahoma State
4. Texas
5. Texas A&M
6. Texas Tech

North Division

Colorado
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 8-4
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 6-6

Brutal. With a new head coach, Colorado State is going to be tougher than ever to get past in the always nasty season-opener, and then there's an off-week against Eastern Washington followed up by a real off-week. And then comes the hammer. West Virginia, at Florida State (it's technically a neutral site game, but it's in Jacksonville), Texas, and at Kansas. Kansas State will be far better, and it's the relative breather after dealing with the trip to Lawrence. At Missouri and at Texas A&M follow. If that wasn't enough, there's still the trip to Nebraska to end the regular season. This is Division I football. It's the Big 12.

Aug. 30 Colorado State (Denver)
Sept. 6 Eastern Washington
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 18 West Virginia
Sept. 27 Florida State (Jacksonville)
Oct. 4 Texas
Oct. 11 at Kansas
Oct. 18 Kansas State
Oct. 25 at Missouri
Nov. 1 at Texas A&M
Nov. 8 Iowa State
Nov. 15 Oklahoma State
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 at Nebraska

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Iowa State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 7-5
Barring total disaster worst case record: 3-9
Realistic record: 5-7

The Cyclones will look to build on the strong end to the 2007 season with easy openers against South Dakota State and Kent State. The Iowa game is always a toss up, but the Hawkeyes should be better, and the end of the non-conference slate at UNLV won't be as easy as it looks. After a week off it's eight games in eight weeks as ISU flies through its Big 12 schedule without a break until the end of November. Getting Baylor and Oklahoma State from the South is a huge break, but both games are on the road. Closing out with three road games in four weeks, with the one home date coming against Missouri, means a big early start is a must.

Aug. 30 South Dakota State
Sept. 6 Kent State
Sept. 13 at Iowa 
Sept. 20 at UNLV
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 Kansas
Oct. 11 at Baylor
Oct. 18 Nebraska
Oct. 25 Texas A&M
Nov. 1 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 8 at Colorado
Nov. 15 Missouri
Nov. 22 at Kansas State
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Kansas
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4

The Jayhawks might be able to slip on by with yet another breezy non-conference schedule, but it'll all catch up to them in Big 12 play. To be fair, there's a beartrap of a pre-conference date at South Florida, which makes up for playing FIU, Louisiana Tech and Sam Houston State. Opening up at Iowa State won't be as easy as it sounds, and going to Oklahoma and hosting Texas and Texas Tech from the South is as bad as it gets. Going to Nebraska won't be a plus, but at least there's a week off before the regular season ending showdown against Missouri.

Aug. 30 Florida International
Sept. 6 Louisiana Tech
Sept. 12 at South Florida
Sept. 20 Sam Houston State
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at Iowa State
Oct. 11 Colorado 
Oct. 18 at Oklahoma
Oct. 25 Texas Tech
Nov. 1 Kansas State
Nov. 8 at Nebraska
Nov. 15 Texas 
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 Missouri (Kansas City)

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Kansas State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 4-8
Realistic record: 7-5

The team should be better, and it should show right away with a decent start. Playing North Texas, Montana State (which would've been Fresno State if the Wildcats didn't wuss out of the date) and UL Lafayette in September will do that, but there's also a mid-week, nationally televised game at Louisville. The big problem overall is the timing of the open dates. There's one on September 13th, and then it's ten games in ten weeks with a brutal stretch of four road games in a five-week span. The home date in the midst of the road run? Oklahoma, followed up by road trips to Kansas and Missouri. On the plus side, the final two games are at home against Nebraska and Iowa State.

Aug. 30 North Texas
Sept. 6 Montana State
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 17 at Louisville
Sept. 27 UL Lafayette
Oct. 4 Texas Tech
Oct. 11 at Texas A&M
Oct. 18 at Colorado
Oct. 25 Oklahoma 
Nov. 1 at Kansas
Nov. 8 at Missouri
Nov. 15 Nebraska
Nov. 22 Iowa State
Nov. 29 OPEN DATE

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Missouri
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 10-2

Last year at this time, starting the season off against Illinois didn't seem like that big a deal. Now it's like a BCS game. Nevada is a good team, but it has to come to Columbia along with SE Missouri State and Buffalo before an off week. All things considered, outside of a trip to Texas, the Big 12 slate isn't all that bad getting Baylor and Oklahoma State from the South and hosting Colorado and an improved Kansas State. Iowa State is better, but that's not a horrible road trip. There's a week off before the regular season ender against Kansas in Kansas City.

Aug. 30 Illinois (St. Louis)
Sept. 6 SE Missouri State
Sept. 13 Nevada
Sept. 20 Buffalo
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at Nebraska
Oct. 11 Oklahoma State
Oct. 18 at Texas
Oct. 25 Colorado
Nov. 1 at Baylor
Nov. 8 Kansas State
Nov. 15 at Iowa State
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 Kansas (Kansas City)

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Nebraska
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

The Bo Pelini era kicks off with three winnable, but very, very interesting non-conference games against Western Michigan, San Jose State and New Mexico State. No Husker fan will expect anything less than a 3-0 start, but that'll be tougher than is looks. There's a week off before a killer three-game stretch of Virginia Tech, Missouri and at Texas Tech. At Iowa State and home against Baylor will be relative breathers before a second brutal three-game run (at Oklahoma, Kansas and at Kansas State) to close out the string of eight games in eight weeks. There's a week off before the Friday game against Colorado. 

Aug. 30 Western Michigan
Sept. 6 San Jose State
Sept. 13 New Mexico State
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Virginia Tech
Oct. 4 Missouri
Oct. 11 at Texas Tech
Oct. 18 at Iowa State
Oct. 25 Baylor
Nov. 1 at Oklahoma
Nov. 8 Kansas
Nov. 15 at Kansas State
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 Colorado

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


South Division

Baylor
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 6-6
Barring total disaster worst case record: 2-10
Realistic record: 4-8
 
Art Briles isn't going to have it easy. For most teams, facing Wake Forest, Washington State and at Connecticut wouldn't be that bad, but those three will be tough for a still-improving Bear team. After a week off there are home dates against Oklahoma (bad) and Iowa State (good) before three road games in four weeks going to Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Texas. The home game in that stretch is against Missouri. Closing out at Texas Tech should be a fun shootout, but it likely will mean a bad end to the year.

Aug. 30 Wake Forest
Sept. 6 Northwestern State
Sept. 13 Washington State
Sept. 19 at Connecticut
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 Oklahoma
Oct. 11 Iowa State
Oct. 18 at Oklahoma State
Oct. 25 at Nebraska
Nov. 1 Missouri
Nov. 8 at Texas
Nov. 15 Texas A&M
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 at Texas Tech

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Oklahoma
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 12-0
Barring total disaster worst case record: 8-4
Realistic record: 10-2

This is a schedule to win a national title with. Cincinnati and TCU are good, but they both have to come to Norman. Going to Washington shouldn't be that big a problem for a team with national title aspirations, and almost all the key Big 12 games are at home. Of course there's the Dallas date with Texas, but that comes after a tune-up at Baylor. Getting Kansas, Nebraska and Texas Tech at home will help, but the trip to Kansas State will be tougher than is might appear. Going to Texas A&M and Oklahoma State is always tough, but again, this is an OU team thinking national championship; it needs to win those showdowns.

Aug. 30 UT Chattanooga
Sept. 6 Cincinnati
Sept. 13 at Washington
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 TCU
Oct. 4 at Baylor
Oct. 11 Texas (Dallas)
Oct. 18 Kansas
Oct. 25 at Kansas State
Nov. 1 Nebraska
Nov. 8 at Texas A&M
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE
Nov. 22 Texas Tech
Nov. 29 at Oklahoma State

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Oklahoma State
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

The non-conference schedule isn't a total breeze, but it's not exactly challenging against Washington State (in Seattle), Houston, Missouri State and Troy. As if the South schedule isn't hard enough, the Texas and Texas Tech games are on the road. Getting Iowa State from the North will help the cause, but that's offset by a road trip to Missouri and a horribly-timed date at Colorado coming in mid-November after going to Lubbock to face the loaded Red Raiders. At least there's a week off before the Bedlam battle with Oklahoma.

Aug. 30 Washington State (Seattle)
Sept. 6 Houston
Sept. 13 Missouri State
Sept. 20 OPEN DATE
Sept. 27 Troy
Oct. 4 Texas A&M
Oct. 11 at Missouri
Oct. 18 Baylor
Oct. 25 at Texas
Nov. 1 Iowa State
Nov. 8 at Texas Tech
Nov. 15 at Colorado
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 Oklahoma

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Texas
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 7-5
Realistic record: 9-3

Considering Arkansas is in a rebuilding phase, and the old Southwest Conference showdown is at home, the non-conference schedule couldn't be much fluffier. Oooooh, there's a game against Sun Belt champion Florida Atlantic. Oooooh, at trip to UTEP before facing Rice. There's a week off before going to Colorado in a can't-look-ahead game before back-to-back dates with Oklahoma and Missouri. Going to Texas Tech will be nasty and traveling to Lawrence to face Kansas isn't like it used to be. There's a week off after playing the Jayhawks and before the rivalry game against Texas A&M.

Aug. 30 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 6 at UTEP
Sept. 13 Arkansas
Sept. 20 Rice
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at Colorado
Oct. 11 Oklahoma (Dallas)
Oct. 18 Missouri
Oct. 25 Oklahoma State
Nov. 1 at Texas Tech
Nov. 8 Baylor
Nov. 15 at Kansas
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 Texas A&M 

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Texas A&M
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 8-4

Mike Sherman has a few tough non-conference games, at New Mexico and at home against Miami, along with home games against Arkansas State and Miami, before starting out the Big 12 slate with a tough road game at Oklahoma State. There's a nice stretch of four home games in a five-week span including key South games against Texas Tech and Oklahoma. The two easiest Big 12 road games possible, at least on paper, are at Baylor and at Iowa State, and A&M gets them both. There's an off-week before the ending the regular season ending showdown at Texas.

Aug. 30 Arkansas State
Sept. 6 at New Mexico
Sept. 13 OPEN DATE
Sept. 20 Miami
Sept. 27 Army
Oct. 4 at Oklahoma State
Oct. 11 Kansas State
Oct. 18 Texas Tech 
Oct. 25 at Iowa State
Nov. 1 Colorado 
Nov. 8 Oklahoma
Nov. 15 at Baylor
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 28 at Texas

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way


Texas Tech
Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

It's Texas Tech, so the non-conference schedule isn't going to be much more than an exhibition of fireworks. The loaded, veteran Red Raiders could hang 100 on Eastern Washington, SMU and UMass if they want to, and if they're as good as expected, they should be able to handle a trip to Nevada without a problem. Those four tune-ups followed up by an off-week should have the team ready for a tough Big 12 opener at Kansas State to kick off a stretch of three road games in four weeks. While going to Kansas is hardly a plus, the schedule has even more breaks with Texas coming to Lubbock and a week off before going to Oklahoma. Closing out the year with Baylor should put a cap on a nice record.

Aug. 30 Eastern Washington
Sept. 6 at Nevada
Sept. 13 SMU
Sept. 20 UMass
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at Kansas State
Oct. 11 Nebraska
Oct. 18 at Texas A&M
Oct. 25 at Kansas
Nov. 1 Texas
Nov. 8 Oklahoma State
Nov. 15 OPEN DATE
Nov. 22 at Oklahoma
Nov. 29 Baylor

- Almost certain win
- Likely loss
- Could go either way