Five thoughts on the '14 Big 12 schedule
November, 6, 2013
By Jake Trotter | ESPN.com
The Big 12 released its 2014 schedule Tuesday. Five quick thoughts on the schedule:
- Oklahoma State and Texas Tech play the first Big 12 game on a Thursday night in Stillwater on Sept. 25 in what should be a compelling matchup. This will be a critical game for both teams. The Red Raiders have a very favorable schedule next year. If they can get out of Stillwater with a victory, their next toughest road game will probably be the following weekend at Kansas State. And Tech will have an extra day to prepare.
- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy expressed concern about loading up the nonconference schedule. You can see why. The Cowboys have a brutal slate next year. Oklahoma State opens with Florida State in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma State then closes out the season with back-to-back road tilts at Baylor and Oklahoma.
- We’ll find out quickly whether TCU will be improved. In October, the Horned Frogs play OU, at Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Considering three of those games will be in Fort Worth, TCU has an opportunity for a bounce-back season.
- I know the game was agreed to years ago, but why play North Dakota State in your opener if you’re Iowa State? There’s nothing to gain. And, as Kansas State found out, a whole bunch to lose against the best program in the FCS.
- Texas will have a defining two-week stretch in early October. The Longhorns face Baylor in Austin on Oct. 4, then take on Oklahoma in Dallas on Oct. 11. The rest of the Longhorns’ schedule is pretty tough, too. Texas plays BYU and UCLA early in the season, then later has to go on the road to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35