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Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip: Week 9

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 9.

Trotter’s pick: Baylor at Texas

These two sides do not like one another, dating back to Baylor clinching the Big 12 title in 2013 with a win over the Longhorns. Texas returned the favor last year by knocking the Bears out of the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

But with Baylor’s turmoil off the field, could Texas be on its way to re-controlling the state? A win here would help.

Olson’s pick: Baylor at Texas

In light of the current events of the past week, I didn’t really know what to do with Baylor games on the ultimate road trip. But I am certain that, no matter who’s coaching them, the Bears still have more than enough talent to be competitive in the Big 12 this fall. And I’m certain this is a game that will matter to them.

We know Baylor will want some payback for their bizarre 23-17 home loss to Texas a year ago. We know these fan bases very much dislike each other, and their players weren’t too fond of each other on the field last December. We know this is an interesting test for first-year Texas OC Sterlin Gilbert, considering his coaching roots. Add all that up and I think we’ll get a must-watch ballgame.

Chatmon’s pick: Baylor at Texas

With West Virginia visiting Oklahoma State in Week 9, I almost changed my mind after the events of the past week. But nothing is going to change the general dislike and rivalry between the players on the field in Austin. Bragging rights and redemption are on the line.

Baylor players will want to show the program is more than just Art Briles, while Charlie Strong’s team will want to win a second-straight head-to-head matchup with the Bears, even if there aren't Big 12 title implications.

This game is the start of Baylor’s toughest three-game stretch of the season, with TCU and Oklahoma following the Longhorns, so the Bears will have more than simply revenge on their minds. Meanwhile, Baylor’s visit to Texas is sandwiched between road trips to Texas Tech and Kansas State for the Longhorns, creating an incredible trio of tests for any defensive coordinator. There are plenty of reasons to be stoked for this one.