In a year that a number of Big 12 teams will be looking to hoist the crystal football at the end of the season, every conference game will be vital to the success of the conference. So in counting down to the commencement of the college football season, here are the top 10 Big 12 conference games to watch in 2013.
10. Saturday, November 16 – Oklahoma @ Kansas State
Another tough road game for Oklahoma in this one, and another team in Kansas State that will be looking to prove themselves. By this point in the season, the Wildcats will need to find a defense that can defend the Sooners, or Oklahoma could end up pulling away.
9. Thursday, November 7 – Oklahoma @ Baylor
If Baylor expects to compete for the Big 12 Title in 2013, then they will have to win games like this one. Oklahoma is led by senior running back Damien Williams, but Baylor’s Lache Seastrunk will be one of the better playmakers in the country. This will be one of the many great Thursday night games in 2013, but it will also be an exciting high-scoring affair.
8. Saturday, October 26 – Texas @ TCU
Quarterbacks David Ash and Casey Pachall will be the stars of this game, but the defense that steps up late in the game could decide the outcome.
7. Saturday, October 5 – TCU @ Oklahoma
October 5th will be a day in college football full of exciting conference games, including this one between TCU and Oklahoma. This contest will also be one of the many that decide the outcome of the Big 12, so look for both teams to have this one circled on their calendar.
6. Saturday, November 16 – Oklahoma State @ Texas
Oklahoma State is the team picked by many to win the conference, but if they fail to win this game the Big 12 could very easily go to Texas. For Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf, it will be one of his biggest tests of the season, so look for him to perform well in this one.
5. Thursday, September 12 – TCU @ Texas Tech
In this Big 12 conference opener between two of the Big 12’s top offenses, scoring won’t be an issue. However, an important game such as this one is often decided by a defensive or special teams score. Casey Pachall and TCU will have already been tested by LSU, but this game being in Lubbock serves a tremendous advantage to the Red Raiders.
4. Thursday, November 28 – Texas Tech @ Texas
This matchup is becoming one of the more exciting rivalries in the conference, and this year should be no different. Michael Brewer and Eric Ward will have to be playing at the top of their game to pull it off the upset against Texas, but it has been done before. (Harrell to Crabtree in 2008, anyone?)
3. Saturday, October 19 – TCU @ Oklahoma State
In a contest between what are likely the top two teams in the Big 12, this game will most play a big part in deciding who earns the conference crown. Offensive stars will highlight this matchup, including quarterbacks Casey Pachall and Clint Chelf, and wide receivers Brandon Carter and Josh Stewart.
2. Saturday, December 7 – Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State
This in-state rivalry pits Oklahoma’s Blake Bell and Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf, two quarterbacks who have yet to prove their elite passer status in the Big 12. The quarterback who outperforms the other will likely lead their team to victory in this game, as this should be another one of the conference’s high-scoring games.
1. Saturday, October 12 – Oklahoma @ Texas
The 2013 edition of the ‘Red River Rivalry’ will be a much-anticipated matchup between quarterbacks Blake Bell and David Ash. Oklahoma running back Damien Williams and Texas running back Johnathan Gray could very well have breakout games, and should help the inexperienced passers find their rhythm. Texas will probably be the team favored to win, but Oklahoma has won the last three.