The Big 12 schedule was (finally) released this morning, Valentine’s Day, which is just one more reason for wives and girlfriends to be fired up about football. Good work logistics geniuses at the Big 12 office, you’ve done yourself proud.
Let’s take a quick gander at OSU’s slate.
Sept. 1 – Savannah State – Great way to break in Walunelf to the QB position. Part of me hates these games because…what’s the point? But part of me loves not opening with LSU in Jerry-world to blow your slim-to-none title aspirations a la Oklahoma State West Coast last year.
Sept. 8 – at Arizona – Over/under on number of times Nick Foles’ name is mentioned here? I mean if I set it at 9.5 you’d think about it, right?
Sept. 15 – Louisiana - “Louisiana has one NFL guy, the dude at right corner. But we have the best wide receiver in the country over there. So F him!”
Sept. 29 – Texas – Pretty bizarre stretch of 28 days with only one game for OSU. I might not speak for everyone but Texas could have David Ash, Case McCoy, or Luke Schenscher under center and this game would still make me nervous.
Oct. 13 – at Kansas – Weis should have KU rolling by this point. That or his assistants might be rolling him to practice. One or the other.
Oct. 20 – Iowa State^ – I think the caret is supposed to mean “this is OSU’s homecoming” but to me it means “we are going to make the riots in Greece seem tame.”
Oct. 27 – TCU – TCU is one of the five teams that could win the Big 12 (OU, WVU, KSU, OSU are the others) so to get them at home is massive. You don’t want to play three of those five on the road in 2012.
Nov. 3 – at Kansas State – Has to be OSU’s toughest game outside of Norman. Wildcats came within a Collin Klein scamper AND BONEHEADED CLOCK KEEPER’S MISTAKE from falling to Snyder’s squad in 2011. This year in Manhattan will be that much tougher.
Nov. 10 – West Virginia – It’s hard to conjure up the words for how excited I am for Dana’s return. Part of me thinks we should go all out, build a statue of orange-colored Twinkies outside Boone Pickens Stadium in his likeness, let Weeden present him with a 1,000-page playbook during pregame ceremonies that just has a middle finger on every page, and have Rickie Fowler jump out of a hot air balloon in a Red Bull outfit with the game ball. But that’s just me…
Nov. 17 – Texas Tech – Remember when it used to matter where OSU played them?
Nov. 24 – at Oklahoma - Not a huge fan of the date because I loved having Thanksgiving open last year. Bedlam always seems so broken up by the holiday festivities and it never seems like the crowd are what they could/should be [insert Gaylord > Boone attendance joke here].
Dec. 1 – at Baylor – Good to see the Big 12 administration has discovered our new found disdain for one another and delivered up a tasty pre-Christmas treat. This could be the “wait….we were REALLY good last season” game of the year in the Big 12.
Overall a pretty good hand dealt to OSU and its fans. You knew beforehand OU and Baylor would be on the road and Texas would be at home so to get WVU and TCU at home and Kansas on the road is outstanding. Really, the only way things could have fallen better is if you made the Tech game in Lubbock and put KSU back in Boone’s house. But we’re getting greedy now.
No predictions for me right now (because it’s February!!!) but things are setting up nicely for what should be a “down” year*.
*Bob Simmons would have killed people to have down years like this one.