With the removal of the Big 12 championship game after the exit of Colorado and Nebraska, this final week of games will decide which team earns the automatic BCS bid. Although only six teams are playing this week, all of them have earned bowl bids, making each matchup important for the Big 12 standings and potential bowl positions.
The Big 12 lacks a marquee matchup this weekend, with ranked teams facing unranked teams and two teams on bye.
If the rivalry wasn’t heated enough, throw in the conference realignment fiasco that took place in September. Kyle field threatens a hostile environment for Baylor, but the Bears are ready for the Aggies.
It shocked no one that the Sooners broke open the 2011 season with a 47-14 win over Tulsa. Heisman candidate junior quarterback Landry Jones threw for 375 yards and one touchdown. His favorite target, senior wide receiver Ryan Broyles, caught 14 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown.
On Friday fans across the nation gladly welcome back college football for another year. As always, there’s plenty of potential and new possibilities, and everyone has something to prove. Here’s a preview of the new-look Big 12, who to watch and what to expect.