What would your fall look like if you had no restrictions on how you spent your Saturday? Every Big 12 game is an option to attend in person as you strive to see the best game, find the best game-day atmosphere and tailgating or simply follow your favorite team or player on a weekly basis.
That is the premise of our annual Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip as Jake Trotter, Max Olson and Brandon Chatmon pick one game per week to attend.
We continue the series with Week 8.
Jake Trotter’s pick: Oklahoma at Texas Tech
There might not be a Big 12 game that will carry more anticipation than the Baker Mayfield Bowl.
The former Texas Tech quarterback will finally return to his former field for a showdown against counterpart Patrick Mahomes.
The Jones will be an absolute inferno for this one, maybe more so than any other game since Texas Tech knocked off top-ranked Texas in 2008.
If there’s to be a can’t-miss game in the Big 12 this season, this could be it.
Olson’s pick: Oklahoma at Texas Tech
So after watching West Virginia-Texas Tech in last week’s road trip, I decided to stick around and spend the week in Lubbock. I’ve only been there a few times, but I think it’s an underrated college town. Plus, c’mon, nobody wants to miss this Oklahoma game. The Baker Mayfield Bowl is finally here!
Texas Tech fans have been looking forward to this one for a while, I’m guessing. It’s fair to say a bridge or two might have been burned on Mayfield’s way out of town. His dad might’ve publicly called Kliff Kingsbury a “scoundrel,” if I recall correctly. And there’s still the contentious matter of that missing year of eligibility. And OU’s blowout win over Tech in 2015. Mayfield is a highly emotional player and this promises to be a highly emotional – and probably memorable – reunion.
Chatmon’s pick: Oklahoma at Texas Tech
TCU’s trip to West Virginia earned strong consideration, but it’s impossible to cast the Baker Mayfield Bowl aside.
The Sooners are the conference favorite, but Tech has the goods to take away Oklahoma’s Big 12 title hopes with an upset, particularly with Ohio State, TCU, Texas and Kansas State as the Sooners' previous four opponents. A wounded Sooners squad would be ripe for the picking.
And the off-the-field hype could be matched by on-field excellence with Mayfield and Mahomes, arguably the conference’s top two quarterbacks, going toe to toe.
This isn’t a rivalry game but it will feel like one, making it the right place to be in Week 8.