On Wednesday, the Big 12 released its official All-Big 12 team, which is voted together by media that covers the conference.

Like any other all-whatever team, there were several players deserving of making the cut that didn’t. But who had the biggest gripe about being left off the preseason All-Big 12 team?

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Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper has a compelling grievance, considering he was All-Big 12 last year as a sophomore. Tapper, in fact, was the only defensive underclassman named All-Big 12 in 2013.

Tapper, however, isn’t the only one with a gripe.

Texas running back Johnathan Gray probably also would have been All-Big 12 last season, had he not torn his Achilles at West Virginia in early November. Gray rushed for 141 yards against Kansas State and 123 against Oklahoma. Teammate Malcom Brown took over at running back after Gray’s injury, and rushed for more than 100 yards in the Longhorns’ final three games. As a result, although Gray is expected to be good to go for the opener, Brown was selected to the preseason team over him.

Only five offensive linemen have more career starts than West Virginia guard Quinton Spain, who has been the Mountaineers’ top offensive lineman the past two seasons. Spain and Mark Glowinski form arguably the league’s best one-two punch at guard. Among the offensive linemen left off, Spain might have the biggest beef.

TCU cornerback Kevin White got overshadowed last year by All-American teammate Jason Verrett. And he’s getting overshadowed this preseason by safeties Sam Carter and Chris Hackett. But White was one of the better cornerbacks in the league last year, and should be one of the Big 12’s best this season.

Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman isn’t as accomplished as the other players mentioned above. But he might have the biggest upside. Despite being a part-time player last year, Oakman ranked sixth in the Big 12 in tackles for loss. Coach Art Briles called the 6-foot-9 Oakman “unblockable” during the spring, and is probably the biggest reason why Briles believes Baylor will have one of the best offensive lines in the country.

But we’re leaving it to you to decide via our weekly Big 12 poll – who actually has the biggest gripe?
Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 6, featuring a rematch of last season's de facto Big 12 championship game plus -- yep, we're going there -- one gigantic upset.

More Big 12 predictions for 2014.

Baylor 38, at Texas 28: The last time they met in Austin, we got a 56-50 shootout. In Charlie Strong's four years as a head coach, his defenses have yet to give up more than 45 in a game. He comes up with a creative approach to slowing the Bears early on, but Bryce Petty has too much firepower at his disposal to lose this ballgame.

at West Virginia 42, Kansas 16: The Mountaineers jump on top early and cruise to their first conference victory thanks to a sharp showing from Clint Trickett and his underrated collection of wideouts. A few costly first-half turnovers are the difference for Kansas in a game that's much closer in the second half that the final score suggests.

at Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 13: Desmond Roland rocked the Cyclones last season to the tune of 219 yards and four TDs. He doesn't match those numbers, but he does surpass 100 yards, and so does backup running back Rennie Childs. Kevin Peterson vs. Quenton Bundrage is a sneaky good one-on-one matchup, and the Cowboys' corner comes up big.

at Kansas State 45, Texas Tech 35: Tech's five losses in 2013 came by an average margin of 20.6 points. This one isn't that bad, but KSU doesn't hold back against a suspect Red Raiders secondary. It's a statement game for Jake Waters, who might be the Big 12's second-best passer.

at TCU 34, Oklahoma 20: The Sooners had to slip up at some point, and TCU has played them close each of the last two seasons. This time, the Horned Frogs' defense forces three turnovers, their Air Raid turns those opportunities into points, and Gary Patterson gets a win far more rewarding than his last upset of OU in 2005.

Current Big 12 standings

1. Baylor -- 5-0 (2-0)
2. Kansas State -- 4-1 (2-0)
3. TCU -- 4-0 (1-0)
4. Oklahoma -- 4-1 (1-1)
5. Texas Tech -- 4-1 (1-1)
6. Oklahoma State -- 3-2 (1-1)
7. Texas -- 3-2 (1-1)
8. West Virginia -- 2-3 (1-1)
9. Kansas -- 3-3 (0-2)
10. Iowa State -- 1-4 (0-3)
Five days before Big 12 media days get underway, the conference has released its official preseason All-Big 12 team as well as its preseason award-winners, as voted on by conference media.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was named Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. No surprise there. Oklahoma State RB/WR Tyreek Hill, the speedy juco transfer from Garden City (Kansas) Community College, received preseason Newcomer of the Year honors.

The more debatable award, preseason Defensive Player of the Year, went to TCU defensive end Devonte Fields. He played in just three games in 2013 due to a foot injury but was voted the league's top defender and newcomer in 2012 as a true freshman.

Baylor led the way with seven players on the All-Big 12 team. Kansas State had five selections on the squad, and Oklahoma received four. Only one Big 12 program -- Oklahoma State -- did not have at least one player make the team.

All-Big 12 Team

QB Bryce Petty, Baylor
RB Shock Linwood, Baylor
RB Malcolm Brown, Texas
WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
WR Antwan Goodley, Baylor
TE E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State
OL Spencer Drango, Baylor
OL Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
OL B.J. Finney, Kansas State
OL Daryl Williams, Oklahoma
OL Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech

DL Ryan Mueller, Kansas State
DL Devonte Fields, TCU
DL Chucky Hunter, TCU
DL Cedric Reed, Texas
LB Bryce Hager, Baylor
LB Ben Heeney, Kansas
LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma
DB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
DB Sam Carter, TCU
DB Quandre Diggs, Texas
DB Karl Joseph, West Virginia

PK Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma
P Spencer Roth, Baylor
KR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
PR Levi Norwood, Baylor

There aren't many snubs to be found from this year's team. You can make a case for a bunch of other players -- TCU cornerback Kevin White, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman, Texas' Johnathan Gray and Malcom Brown, West Virginia's Quinton Spain and Nick O'Toole. But based on 2013 performance, this list looks about right.

Any more exclusions stand out to you? Should Ryan Mueller or someone else win DPOY? Hit us with your complaints in the comments below.

Crimson Countdown: G Tony Feo

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During the summer, ESPN.com is taking a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall, and his long-term projection. Starting with No. 1 Dominique Alexander, the series follows the roster numerically through No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.

No. 53 Tony Feo, guard, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, senior

Impact thus far: A junior college signee, Feo made an impact on special teams during his first year on campus. He played in 12 games as a mainstay on OU’s punt unit, even recording a tackle against Texas Tech.

Impact in 2014: If he doesn’t earn a spot in the rotation, Feo should provide depth at guard and serve as a special teams mainstay for the second-straight season.

Long term upside: At the very least he should contribute on special teams for the second-straight season.

Evaluation grade for Feo: A. A late addition to OU’s Class of 2013, Feo has done exactly what he was brought in to do. The Sooners pursued him to provide depth and protection in case the injury bug crippled the guard position.

Development grade for Feo: B. He played in his first game as a Sooner so the opportunity to play has been given to the California native. And it’s very possible he could see additional time on offense during his final season.
Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 5. Conference play starts to really pick up with Oklahoma State hosting Texas Tech on Thursday night to kick things off.

More Big 12 predictions for 2014.

Texas Tech 52, at Oklahoma State 49: Offenses excel and defenses struggle as Tech and OSU provide one of the most entertaining games of the entire season. This game comes down to Tech quarterback Davis Webb handling the hostile environment at Boone Pickens Stadium with a superb final quarter as the two teams go back and forth. Webb comes through with a game-winning throw to Bradley Marquez in the final seconds.

Baylor 45, at Iowa State 21: The Bears defense looks like it is finally starting to come together, holding the Cyclones to seven points through three quarters. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and the offense continue to roll up the points and the yards on the way to 5-0.

at Kansas State 38, UTEP 24: The Wildcats rebound from the setback against Auburn with a win over UTEP to finish off their nonconference schedule. Two special teams touchdowns are the foundation of the win as Bill Snyder’s squad looks toward conference play with plenty of momentum.

TCU 34, at SMU 17: The return of Devonte Fields is complete as the Horned Frogs defensive end takes over the win over SMU with three sacks and two forced fumbles. Big 12 offensive tackles weep.

Texas 34, Kansas 17: It becomes pretty clear what the Longhorns focused on during their bye week after UT calls eight running plays to start the game and drives right down the field for an opening touchdown. UT finishes with more than 300 rushing yards while cruising to a comfortable road triumph.

Current Big 12 standings

1. Baylor 4-0, 1-0
2. Oklahoma 4-0, 1-0
3. Texas Tech 4-0, 1-0
4. TCU 3-0
5. Kansas State 3-1, 1-0
6. Texas 3-1, 1-0
7. Kansas 2-2, 0-1
8. Oklahoma State 2-2, 0-1
9. West Virginia 1-3, 0-1
10. Iowa State 1-3, 0-2

Big 12's top 12 toss-up games

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The computers have spoken. On Monday, we broke down the Big 12 title odds. Yesterday, we gave you in-depth win/loss projections. And now, courtesy of the recently released preseason projections from ESPN’s Stats and Information team, we're talking about the games that will decide the season.

As they stand today, ESPN's preseason predictions suggest the Big 12's biggest games this season won't really be close contests. In the Oklahoma's toughest game of the season, at home against Baylor, it's being given a 60.1 percent chance of survival as 4-point favorites.

The projections have pegged Oklahoma's chances of beating Texas in the Red River Showdown at 74.2 percent, with OU as an 8-point favorite. And Bedlam is decidedly in the Sooners' favor (70.9 percent, 8.5-point favorite) as well. So with that in mind, we're instead taking a closer look today at the 12 games that ESPN projections indicate will be true nail-biters.

Some of these might not seem like high-profile matchups, but in real life they'll go a long way toward deciding how the league standings shake out. Here are the Big 12's biggest toss-up games:

1. Kansas State at West Virginia (Nov. 20)
Projection: KSU, 50.9%

In 2012, K-State spanked WVU by a score of 55-14 for the second of the Mountaineers' five straight losses following a 5-0 start. Last season, the Wildcats needed a second-half rally with four unanswered TDs to end a three-game slide in Big 12 play. ESPN projections say KSU will enter this season's matchup mired in a four-game losing streak.

2. Texas Tech at Kansas State (Oct. 4)
Projection: KSU, 51.9%


This one wasn't close last season, as K-State ran for 291 yards in Lubbock to win 49-26, but it's a potential do-or-die game for the Wildcats simply because their next four games come against Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU. KSU is less than a 1-point favorite in the projections.

3. West Virginia at Iowa State (Nov. 29)
Projection: ISU, 52.8%

The best Big 12 game you did not watch last year was ISU's 52-44, triple-overtime victory in Morgantown. The Mountaineers might badly need this one: ESPN's projections peg them as favorites in only two of their games this season, and this is the season finale.

4. Texas at Kansas State (Oct. 25)
Projection: TEX, 53.1%

The Longhorns snapped their five-game losing streak to Kansas State last year, but they were fortunate that game was early in the season before KSU got on a roll. This game is a potential fork in the road for a Texas team projected to be 4-3 entering its trip to the Little Apple.

5. Texas at Texas Tech (Nov. 1)
Projection: TTU, 53.3%

Texas has won five in a row against the Red Raiders, who are projected at 5-3 entering this game but could easily be 7-1 or 8-0 if they win their close ones early on.

6. TCU at West Virginia (Nov. 1)
Projection: TCU, 54.8%

The battle of the Big 12 newcomers has gone to overtime in each of the past two years, and they've split those wins. The ESPN projections like TCU here, but only by a margin of 1.9 points.

7. Texas Tech at TCU (Oct. 25)
Projection: TCU, 55.9%

Texas Tech won a 56-53, triple-overtime thriller in 2012, and then a tough 20-10 win early last season to propel its win streak. If the Horned Frogs have their new (and somewhat Tech-inspired) offense rolling by the end of October, this could be another high-scoring affair.

8. Kansas State at Iowa State (Sept. 6)
Projection: KSU, 56.4%

That makes four Kansas State games on this list. The way K-State's schedule is built, the margin between 8-4 and 4-8 might be slight this season. This might seem like a gimme on the surface, but ESPN's projections say ISU is only a 2.5-point underdog.

9. Oklahoma State at TCU (Oct. 18)
Projection: OSU, 56.8%

These might be the two most unpredictable teams in the league in 2014. Either could finish as high as third or as low as seventh in the final Big 12 standings. ESPN's projections predict a five-game win streak for OSU (after losing to Florida State) heading into the matchup.

10. Iowa State at Kansas (Nov. 8)
Projection: ISU, 59%

Most assume this will be the battle for last place, and ESPN's projections agree. They have both KU and ISU with identical 2-6 records entering this contest, with each program starting 0-5 in Big 12 play.

11. Baylor at Oklahoma (Nov. 8)
Projection: OU, 60.1%

Probably our Game of the Year in the Big 12, and this time the Sooners will have home-field advantage. If the projections prove accurate, both teams would still be undefeated by this date. Baylor's average projected margin of victory in its first eight games before this showdown is 20.8 points.

12. BYU at Texas (Sept. 6)
Projection: TEX, 60.9%

We all remember what BYU did to Texas in Provo last season. The Longhorns will want revenge before they go up to Arlington, Texas, to face UCLA. Once again, do not sleep on the Cougars: ESPN projections say they're a 9-3 team in 2014.
Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 4. This week features one of college football's most intriguing nonconference matchups, plus our second conference game of the season.

More Big 12 predictions for 2014.

Auburn 34, Kansas State 24: Nick Marshall returns to the state where he once played juco ball and has just enough magic and help (WR D'haquille Williams has his coming-out party) to win a tricky game on a big Thursday-night stage. Tyler Lockett is as good as any receiver the Tigers will see in 2013, and K-State makes it interesting early in the fourth quarter, but the defending SEC champs have too much talent back to lose in Manhattan.

Oklahoma 35, West Virginia 20: If you're hoping for the thrilling 50-49 redux of the last time OU went to Morgantown, you're in for disappointment. Trevor Knight avenges another bad memory of 2013 with three TD passes and WVU's stable of backs get stymied by a Sooner defense that's only getting stronger by the week.

Kansas 24, Central Michigan 21: A last-second field goal is the difference for Kansas against a CMU team that'll go on to win six games. The experienced Chippewas give KU all they can handle, but Nick Harwell went for 215 receiving yards against this team in 2012 (while at Miami, Ohio) and he comes close to doing it again to save the day.

Current Big 12 standings

1. Oklahoma -- 4-0 (1-0)
2. Kansas State -- 2-1 (1-0)
3. Baylor -- 3-0
4. Texas Tech -- 3-0
5. TCU -- 2-0
6. Kansas -- 2-1
7. Oklahoma State -- 2-1
8. Texas -- 2-1
9. Iowa State -- 1-2 (0-1)
10. West Virginia -- 1-3 (0-1)

Big 12 lunchtime links

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Best of luck to Fred Hoiberg this morning as he gets his pacemaker replaced.
  • West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood was arrested Monday and is facing extradition.
  • A Baylor player is also facing aggravated assault charges for a fight.
  • Documents indicate an agent bought a meal for two unnamed Texas players.
  • Oklahoma State has spent $165,000 on its investigation of its football program.
  • That investigation is expected to conclude in the next few months.
  • Why it's OK with Dana Holgorsen that West Virginia isn't getting preseason hype.
  • The Dallas Morning news breaks down the secondaries for Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and TCU.
  • If you missed it, Oklahoma and Michigan scheduled a home-and-home for 2025 and 2016.
  • Iowa State's Cyclones.tv has the Texas game but is still missing on-air talent.
During the summer, ESPN.com is taking a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall, and his long-term projection. Starting with No. 1 Dominique Alexander, the series follows the roster numerically through No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.

No. 48 Aaron Ripkowski, fullback, 6-foot-1, 257 pounds, senior

Impact thus far: Ripkowski may have made the biggest impact during the Bob Stoops era for a player with one reception for 3 yards and one touchdown during his first three seasons. He’s played a key role in the Sooners offense since his redshirt freshman season. He made an immediate impact as a extra blocker in short-yardage situations during his first two seasons then as a fullback as a junior, particularly after Trey Millard's injury. He’s played in 33 games with eight starts heading into his final season.

Impact in 2014: Expect Ripkowski to be a critical contributor for his fourth straight season. His blocking, durability and production cements his spot in the offense, even with true freshman Dimitri Flowers looking like a key contributor in 2014.

Long-term upside: He will leave Norman as one of the top walk-ons during the Stoops’ era.

Evaluation grade for Ripkowski: C. When you consider his contribution during his time in the program, Ripkowski should have gotten a scholarship from the outset. OU eventually did reward his impact with a scholarship after it was clear he had earned it.

Development grade for Ripkowski: A. As soon as OU recognized Ripkowski could help win games, the Sooners put him on the field. Scholarship or no scholarship, they found a role for him alongside Millard early in his career and he’s rewarded them with stellar production.
On Monday, we broke down the Big 12 conference title race predictions according to newly released projections from the ESPN Stats and Information folks. You know Oklahoma and Baylor are considered the big-time favorites to win the league. But what should the other eight teams expect?

The following are the win-loss result projections for each and every Big 12 team in 2014. Remember, these are just preseason projections based on a lot of number crunching. New projections will be released weekly during the season.

Take note of the projected win totals on the right. OU and Baylor are each projected for close to 10 wins, while Oklahoma State leads a group of five teams that all seem likely to be in contention if one or both of the Big 12 favorites falter.

Here's how the ESPN preseason projections see this Big 12 season playing out:

Baylor: The defending Big 12 champs are projected to win 9.6 games with a 5.3 percent chance of going undefeated. The Bears have at least a 75 percent chance of winning all but three of their games: Texas (61.1 percent), Oklahoma (39.9) and Oklahoma State (69.4). Baylor is favored by 2 TDs or more against seven of its foes, including Kansas State and TCU.

Iowa State: ISU is projected to win 4.7 games -- essentially a 5-7 season projection -- and the computers see four of its Big 12 games as being especially winnable: Kansas State, Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Cyclones are favored in two nonconference games and projected to be 10.2-point underdogs to Iowa in the annual rivalry game.

Kansas: ESPN's projections have KU winning 3.3 games, which is fewest for any program in Big Five conference (Purdue and Wake Forest were tied at 3.6) and third-fewest among all FBS teams. The Jayhawks' best bets for wins are against Southeast Missouri State (91.4 percent), Central Michigan (64.5) and Iowa State (41). They're projected to be double-digit underdogs in every other game.

Kansas State: The Wildcats are projected for 6.1 wins, but ESPN's data sees a schedule loaded with games that can go either way: K-State is considered a slight favorite against Iowa State, Texas Tech and West Virginia and a slight underdog versus Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU. As for the big battles, KSU is seen as a two-TD dog against Auburn, Oklahoma and Baylor.

Oklahoma: ESPN preseason projections see 9.6 wins but suggest Oklahoma will be favored in all 12 games and a serious playoff contender. OU's chances of winning dip below 75 percent for only five contests: TCU (69.6 percent), Texas (74.2), Baylor (60.1), Texas Tech (67.5) and Oklahoma State (70.9). Gotta like those odds.

Oklahoma State: The computers like this team more than a 7.6-win projection might suggest. These ESPN projections give OSU only an 8.6 percent chance of upsetting Florida State in the opener, but the Cowboys are then considered favorites in their next nine games before wrapping up with Baylor (30.6 percent) and OU (29.1).

TCU: The Horned Frogs' projection is almost exactly 7-5, with five of those wins coming by double digits. The defining stretch hits at midseason following projected losses to OU and Baylor. TCU is seen as a slight underdog to OSU but projected for very-close victories over Texas Tech, West Virginia and Kansas State in consecutive weeks.

Texas: Charlie Strong's debut season gets a projection of 6.9 wins. In addition to the trio of top-10 games in which they are underdogs (UCLA, Baylor, Oklahoma), the Longhorns are not projected to be favored vs. Texas Tech (46.7 percent) and Oklahoma State (34.3). Two more tough ones: Texas is a 1.2-point favorite at K-State and a 4.3-point favorite against BYU.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders' 7.1-win projection is very similar to TCU's, and beyond an easy one vs. Kansas (87.9 percent favorite), every Big 12 game is projected to be within single digits. Tech is projected to be an underdog against OSU, Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma and Baylor, though the K-State game is basically a toss-up (48.1 percent). TTU is actually projected to have a better chance vs. OU at home (32.5 percent) than against Baylor at AT&T Stadium (22.8).

West Virginia: ESPN's computers have little love for the Mountaineers in the preseason projections: 4.6 wins and underdogs in all but one Big 12 contest (KU, 78.4 percent favorite). In fairness, three games look extremely close in the projections: Kansas State (49.1 percent), Iowa State (47.2) and TCU (45.2). WVU's chances of stunning Alabama in the season opener have been set at 5.9 percent.
Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 3. Several quality non-conference matchups highlight the week.

More Big 12 predictions for 2014.

Baylor 59, at Buffalo 24: The Bears cruise to their third straight win to start the season. This 2014 version of Baylor has yet to be tested, but its offense looks just as good as the 2013 version and the defense is getting more and more seasoned each week.

at Iowa 21, Iowa State 17: The Cyclones and Hawkeyes tend to play great rivalry games and this season is no different. But the Cy-Hawk Trophy remains in Iowa City after ISU’s defense cannot stop Iowa’s fourth quarter drive to win the game.

at Maryland 45, West Virginia 44: The Mountaineers suffer their second loss in three games as the Terrapins win a high-scoring affair at home. One of the bright spots in the loss is the play of running backs Wendell Smallwood, Rushel Shell and Dreamius Smith, as each WVU running back finds the end zone in the defeat.

at Duke 38, Kansas 24: The Jayhawks offense, under new coordinator John Reagan, shows some explosiveness against Duke, particularly receiver Nick Harwell, but the inexperience of Montell Cozart shows up at the worst time with two second-half interceptions.

at Texas Tech 38, Arkansas 30: Quarterback Davis Webb continues his strong start with four touchdowns against the Razorbacks, but question marks about the defense continue to weigh on Kliff Kingsbury’s squad with Big 12 play looming.

at TCU 31, Minnesota 14: TCU’s defensive line looks dominant against Minnesota as defensive tackle Chucky Hunter controls the interior and defensive end Devonte Fields chases down the Golden Gophers running backs.

at Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 35: Cowboys’ receiver Jhajuan Seales starts to put Big 12 defensive coordinators on notice with over 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the first half of the Cowboys’ blowout win.

UCLA 28, UT 21 (Arlington, Texas): UCLA’s Brett Hundley proves to be too much for the Longhorns defense despite a couple of key Bruins turnovers that keep UT within reach throughout the game. Hundley throws for one touchdown and runs for another in the fourth quarter to secure the win for UCLA.

at Oklahoma 41, Tennessee 20: The Sooners jump on Tennessee from the outset with a Sterling Shepard catch-and-run for a touchdown on OU’s first drive, followed by a Eric Striker forced fumble on Tennessee’s first possession, putting the Vols behind by two touchdowns midway through the first quarter. The Sooners never look back on their way to a double-digit victory and undefeated nonconference start.

Current Big 12 standings

1. Baylor -- 3-0
2. Oklahoma -- 3-0
3. Texas Tech -- 3-0
4. Kansas State -- 2-0 (1-0)
5. TCU -- 2-0
6. Oklahoma State -- 2-1
7. Texas -- 2-1
8. Kansas -- 1-1
9. Iowa State -- 1-2 (0-1)
10. West Virginia -- 1-2
I still hear from some fans who think the Big Ten should have gone after Oklahoma in the last round of expansion. That wasn't going to happen for a variety of reasons (academics, demographics, the Oklahoma State factor, etc). But Big Ten fans will still get to see plenty of the Sooners in the near future.

Michigan became the latest league squad to add Oklahoma to its future nonconference schedules. Don't start making plans and booking hotel rooms just yet, as the games are set for 2025 and 2026. May we all be so fortunate to be alive for these games, as 18-year-old freshmen who might play in the first game are just 7 years old right now. I feel really old all of a sudden.

Still, it's a series to celebrate, even though we'll probably forget about it for a long while. Despite the prestigious history of both programs, they've only met on the field one time -- in the 1976 Orange Bowl, which the Sooners won 14-6. Oklahoma ranks seventh all-time in wins in the FBS; Michigan, of course, is first.

And it's great news that this is a home-and-home series, as we've seen some of these big regional matchups take place on neutral fields. Michigan will go to Norman, Oklahoma, in 2025, while the Sooners visit the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Sept. 12, 2026. I would say mark your calendars, but if you already own a 2026 calendar, you're probably too fastidious to need such a reminder.

Oklahoma is already scheduled to play Ohio State in a home-and-home in 2016 and 2017 and will renew its Big 8/Big 12 rivalry with Nebraska in 2021 and 2022. You never know who is going to be good when you schedule that far into the future, but the Sooners seem as good a bet as any to maintain a high level of play over the next decade-plus, given their history and resources.

Big Ten teams continue to make good on their promise to beef up nonconference schedules in anticipation of the College Football Playoff. Michigan, freed (you might say) from the Notre Dame series after this season, already had some good but exactly mouth-watering home-and-home matchups slated in the future against Arkansas, Virginia Tech and UCLA. The Oklahoma series rises to absolute marquee level, along with the neutral-site showdown with Florida to open the 2017 campaign.

A program of Michigan's stature should be playing these kind of nonconference games at least once every season. Oklahoma is clearly game for these heavyweight matchups. It should be fun watching how the Big Ten fares against the Sooners in those six scheduled meetings in the next 12 years.

Michigan-OU to meet in 2025-26

July, 14, 2014
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Michigan and Oklahoma, two of the most accomplished programs in college football history, have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2025-26.

The first game will be in Norman on Sept. 6, 2025. The Sooners will return the trip Sept. 12 the following season.

"We are excited to reach an agreement to play Oklahoma, one of the storied programs in college football history," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "Oklahoma and Michigan have always been regarded as two of the top programs in college football, and creating this type of matchup is great for fans of both programs and the game of college football."

Despite their decorated histories, the Sooners and Wolverines have met only once before. Oklahoma defeated Michigan 14-6 in the 1976 Orange Bowl to clinch the program's fifth national championship.

"We remain committed to playing games that celebrate the history and excitement of college football," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. "Oklahoma and Michigan represent two of the most iconic names in American sport, and we look forward to a series that will be marked by mutual respect and admiration."


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Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 2. This week should be fairly devoid of much drama, with the exception of one big ballgame in Austin.

More Big 12 predictions for 2014.

Oklahoma 48, Tulsa 17: The Sooners travel up I-44 for their first road test and have little trouble. Trevor Knight, who was injured and benched for last year's 51-20 win over Tulsa, comes out firing and gets plenty of help from the Keith Ford-Joe Mixon duo. Oklahoma's suffocating first-string defense gives up just 7 points.

Kansas State 27, Iowa State 24: The first Big 12 game of the season goes to the Wildcats, who have to hold on tight in the fourth to escape Ames with a 'W.' K-State's unproven running backs struggle, but Jake Waters-to-Tyler Lockett gets the job done.

Oklahoma State 42, Missouri State 6: J.W. Walsh gets a confidence-boosting blowout following the loss to Florida State. The FCS Bears just can't keep up with the speed of OSU's deep receiving corps and the uncatchable Tyreek Hill.

Kansas 31, Southeast Missouri State 10: They won't get much easier than this for the Jayhawks, a season opener against an FCS team that went 3-9 last season. New OC John Reagan makes a solid first impression and Nick Harwell finds the end zone in his KU debut.

Baylor 70, Northeastern State 14: One of the great mismatches in all of FBS this season plays out a lot like the Bears' nonconference games of a year ago: The starters exit early in the third quarter and BU still hits the magic 70-point number.

Texas 24, BYU 9: Charlie Strong forces his defense to watch a highlight reel from BYU's 40-21 blowout win in 2013, a ploy that delivers results: The Longhorn defense comes out angry and does not give up a TD to the fleet-footed Taysom Hill or any other Cougar.

West Virginia 28, Towson 20: WVU follows up a loss to Alabama with a scare against last year's FCS championship runner-up. The Mountaineers are lucky Terrance West went pro early (2,509 rushing yards, 41 TDs in '13) or else this might've been a loss.

Texas Tech 45, UTEP 20: Playing a 10 p.m. CT game in El Paso ain't fun -- ask Oklahoma's 2012 team -- but Davis Webb will put up enough yards and points to make this a fun nightcap and RB/LB Kenny Williams pulls a Myles Jack with a rushing TD and a fumble recovery TD.

Current Big 12 standings

1. Kansas State -- 2-0 (1-0)
2. Baylor -- 2-0
3. Oklahoma -- 2-0
4. Texas -- 2-0
5. Texas Tech -- 2-0
6. Kansas -- 1-0
7. TCU -- 1-0
8. Oklahoma State -- 1-1
9. West Virginia -- 1-1
10. Iowa State -- 1-1 (0-1)

Big 12 recruiting scorecard

July, 14, 2014
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The latest on what's happening on the recruiting trail in the Big 12 as we wind down summer camp and 7-on-7 season and inch closer and closer to putting the pads back on.

BAYLOR
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: Longtime Baylor commit ATH Blake Lynch transferred to Gilmer (Texas) High School, a big-time East Texas program, this summer and is trying his hand at a new role. The former Troup (Texas) quarterback played wide receiver at the Texas state 7-on-7 tournament this past weekend, and that's the position our ESPN scouts see him playing in college. Lynch's commitment to BU remains solid.

IOWA STATE
Total commits: 6
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: RB Devine Ozigbo of Sachse, Texas, is set to announce his commitment next Tuesday and is down to eight schools on his list: Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Boise State, Boston College and Mississippi State. The Cyclones are selling him on the chance to be the only rusher they take in their 2015 class, but ISU's top competition for Ozigbo might be its in-state rival.

KANSAS
Total commits: 10
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: ESPN 300 running back Tyreik Gray told our Damon Sayles this past weekend he wants to take official visits to Kansas, Oklahoma and Louisville before deciding on signing day. Gray is also expected to take an unofficial visit to Texas on Friday. Gray transferred to powerhouse Houston Lamar this spring and is being recruited as a RB/DB by most schools.

KANSAS STATE
Total commits: 7
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: The Wildcats' newest commitment came from ILB Chase Johnston. The Carl Junction, Missouri, native impressed enough at a K-State camp this summer to earn an offer, running an impressive 4.6-second 40 at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. Johnston also went to Arkansas and Missouri camps this summer and made a strong impression, but KSU was his first and only scholarship offer.

OKLAHOMA
Total commits: 7
ESPN 300 commits: 5
The latest: The Sooners appear to be in the lead now for ESPN 300 offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu of Arlington (Texas) Bowie, and he could be closing in on a decision soon. The 6-foot-5 lineman's father attended OU, and this is likely going to come down to a Texas-Oklahoma decision for the rising four-star. For what it's worth, two of Akamnonu's high school teammates have already committed to TCU.

OKLAHOMA STATE
Total commits: 8
ESPN 300 commits: 3
The latest: The Pokes are out in front for a sleeper wide receiver out of Louisiana. Don't be surprised if OSU locks up a pledge from Jalen McCleskey of Covington (Louisiana) St. Paul's in the near future. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound wideout has visited Stillwater several times and could end up being OSU's first WR pledge for 2015.

TCU
Total commits: 16
ESPN 300 commits: 0
The latest: TCU is one of two early offers for Plano (Texas) Prestonwood linebacker Deonte Williams. Baylor has also joined the mix with an offer for the teammate of ESPN Junior 300 receiver Michael Irvin Jr., and Williams is planning to camp at Florida State soon. The Horned Frogs already got Williams on campus this summer and are in good shape so far.

TEXAS
Total commits: 11
ESPN 300 commits: 5
The latest: Texas hosts its first-ever "Under The Lights" camp on Friday night inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and a star-studded turnout is expected. Among those planning to attend are all 11 commits in this class and reportedly as many as 25-plus members of the ESPN 300 for 2015 and 2016, highlighted by WR Ryan Newsome, CB Holton Hill, CB Kris Boyd and possibly OLB Malik Jefferson. Top QB targets Kai Locksley (2015) and Shea Patterson (2016) will also be on campus.

TEXAS TECH
Total commits: 7
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: Texas Tech had just two of its commits qualify for Nike's The Opening in Oregon, but both were stellar. QB Jarrett Stidham finished in seventh place in the final Elite 11 standings and DT Breiden Fehoko proved he's one of the nation's strongest linemen with an event-best 42 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press. Both will play in the Under Armour All-America Game after their senior season.

WEST VIRGINIA
Total commits: 13
ESPN 300 commits: 2
The latest: LB Riley Nicholson is expected to make his decision this week, and the Mountaineers are finalists along with UCF and NC State. The Kissimmee (Florida) Osceola standout visited all three schools multiple times during his recruitment, but UCF's rise to prominence in 2013 might be the difference-maker in this battle.

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