2009 Big 12 North Schedule Breakdown
Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe
Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe
Posted Apr 8, 2009

Which Big 12 North team has the toughest schedule (and the easiest)? Check out the analysis and breakdown for each Big 12 North team's slate.

2009 Big 12 North Team Schedule 

- 2009 Big 12 Composite Schedule & Top Games
- 2009 Big 12 South Team-By Team Schedule

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

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

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


Colorado Buffaloes

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Colorado State, at Toledo, Wyoming, at West Virginia
Games vs. the Big 12 South: at Texas, Texas A&M, at Oklahoma State
Summary: The Colorado State game is always tough, but the trip to West Virginia, after a well-timed week off, will be the real litmus test to see just how ready the team is for Big 12 play. By November, CU's season will be made or broken after going to Texas and dealing with Kansas and Missouri, but things don't ease up too much. The one supposed layup, Iowa State, is on the road and the trip to Oklahoma State five days later is brutal. At least Nebraska has to come to Boulder, meaning CU gets the three top teams in the North (KU and Mizzou) at home. However, having to go on the road to face the Longhorns and Cowboys in the South is a lousy break.

Sept. 5 Colorado State
Sept. 11 at Toledo
Sept. 19 Wyoming
Sept. 26 OPEN DATE
Oct. 1 at West Virginia
Oct. 10 at Texas
Oct. 17 Kansas
Oct. 24 at Kansas State
Oct. 31 Missouri
Nov. 7 Texas A&M
Nov. 14 at Iowa State
Nov. 19 at Oklahoma State
Nov. 27 Nebraska

Iowa State Cyclones

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

Non-Conference Schedule: North Dakota State, Iowa, at Kent State, Army
Games vs. the Big 12 South: Baylor, at Texas A&M, Oklahoma State
Summary: The first year of the Paul Rhoads era starts out as easily as could possibly be asked for. The only game in the first five against a bowl team from last year is against Iowa, but that's almost always a nasty battle and it's in Ames. There are only two games against 2008 bowl teams (Kansas being the other) in the first seven, while getting Baylor and Texas A&M from the South is the biggest break possible. The Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri games would probably be losses no matter where they'd be played, so they might as well be on the road. However, a stretch of three road games in four weeks isn't going to be easy in the middle of the season. There isn't an off-week to rest up at any point.

Sept. 5 North Dakota State
Sept. 12 Iowa
Sept. 19 at Kent State
Sept. 26 Army
Oct. 3 Kansas State (in KC)
Oct. 10 at Kansas
Oct. 17 Baylor
Oct. 24 at Nebraska
Oct. 31 at Texas A&M
Nov. 7 Oklahoma State
Nov. 14 Colorado
Nov. 21 at Missouri

Kansas Jayhawks

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

Non-Conference Schedule: Northern Colorado, at UTEP, Duke, Southern Miss
Games vs. the Big 12 South: Oklahoma, at Texas Tech, at Texas
Summary: The Jayhawks aren't exactly extending themselves in non-conference play, with four winnable games in September before getting a week off. Easing into the Big 12 schedule with Iowa State is nice, but going to Colorado could be a beartrap before sealing with a brutal second half slate. There isn't any help from the schedule maker facing Oklahoma, at Texas Tech and at Texas from the South, however, facing Nebraska in Lawrence and Missouri in Kansas City should help in the North race. After facing Oklahoma on October 24th, KU only has one home game in the final five dates and has just two in the last seven.

Sept. 5 Northern Colorado
Sept. 12 at UTEP
Sept. 19 Duke
Sept. 26 Southern Miss
Oct. 10 Iowa State
Oct. 17 at Colorado
Oct. 24 Oklahoma
Oct. 31 at Texas Tech
Nov. 7 at Kansas State
Nov. 14 Nebraska
Nov. 21 at Texas
Nov. 28 Missouri (in KC)

Kansas State Wildcats

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 9-3
Barring total disaster worst case record: 5-7
Realistic record: 6-6

Non-Conference Schedule: Massachusetts, at UL Lafayette, at UCLA, Tennessee Tech
Games vs. the Big 12 South: at Texas Tech, Texas A&M, at Oklahoma
Summary: It's Kansas State, so you know what's coming in the non-conference schedule with games against teams like Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech. However, a trip to UCLA makes up for it and going to UL Lafayette is an odd date. While going to Texas Tech and Oklahoma will be tough, getting Texas A&M in the third game against the South will help. However, after the season opener, there's only one other home game in the following five weeks. In the North, the Wildcats have the three big games after the trip to Oklahoma with home games against Kansas and Missouri before finishing up at Nebraska on November 21st. There isn't an off-week meaning the season is cut short.

Sept. 5 Massachusetts
Sept. 12 at UL Lafayette
Sept. 19 at UCLA
Sept. 26 Tennessee Tech
Oct. 3 Iowa State (in KC)
Oct. 10 at Texas Tech
Oct. 17 Texas A&M
Oct. 24 Colorado
Oct. 31 at Oklahoma
Nov. 7 Kansas
Nov. 14 Missouri
Nov. 21 at Nebraska

Missouri Tigers

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 11-1
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 8-4

Non-Conference Schedule: Illinois, Bowling Green, Furman, at Nevada
Games vs. the Big 12 South: at Oklahoma State, Texas, Baylor
Summary: Missouri will need to rebuild by having to deal with an improved Illinois to kick things off. While that might be a tough game, the trip to Nevada could be even tougher. After a week off, the Tigers kick off the Big 12 slate with the biggest game on the docket facing Nebraska. And then comes a harsh three-game stretch going to Oklahoma State and Colorado wrapped around a game against Texas. However, starting with the game against the Buffs, there's a four-game run against teams that didn't go to a bowl last year before closing out against Kansas in Kansas City. There aren't two games in a row away from Columbia, but there aren't two games in a row at home after late September.

Sept. 5 Illinois (in St. Louis)
Sept. 12 Bowling Green
Sept. 19 Furman
Sept. 25 at Nevada
Oct. 8 Nebraska
Oct. 17 at Oklahoma State
Oct. 24 Texas
Oct. 31 at Colorado
Nov. 7 Baylor
Nov. 14 at Kansas State
Nov. 21 Iowa State
Nov. 28 Kansas (in KC)

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Realistic best case record with this schedule: 10-2
Barring total disaster worst case record: 6-6
Realistic record: 9-3

Non-Conference Schedule: Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, at Virginia Tech, UL Lafayette
Games vs. the Big 12 South: Texas Tech, at Baylor, Oklahoma
Summary: Did Nebraska join the Sun Belt conference? It only seems that way facing Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, and UL Lafayette in non-conference play. At least those three teams are decent. The big test to see how far the program has come under Bo Pelini will be the trip to Virginia Tech. Win that, and all of a sudden Nebraska will become a major player in the national title race. It's a plus to get Texas Tech and Oklahoma at home, and it's an even bigger positive to play Baylor and miss South teams like Oklahoma State and Texas. The tests in the North against Missouri, Kansas and Colorado are all on the road, but if Nebraska turns out to be good enough to beat Oklahoma, it'll be good enough to win those three.

Sept. 5 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 12 Arkansas State
Sept. 19 at Virginia Tech
Sept. 26 UL Lafayette
Oct. 8 at Missouri
Oct. 17 Texas Tech
Oct. 24 Iowa State
Oct. 31 at Baylor
Nov. 7 Oklahoma
Nov. 14 at Kansas
Nov. 21 Kansas State
Nov. 27 at Colorado