Big 12 announces 2012 football schedule
BY JOHN E. HOOVER World Sports Writer
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
2/15/12 at 5:23 AM
Maybe now area college football fans can start making travel plans.
The Big 12 Conference released its 2012 schedule Tuesday morning, but also warned that "dates are subject to change as adjustments are expected to accommodate television partners' requests."
At Oklahoma State, that means two open dates in a span of three weeks, followed by games on eight consecutive Saturdays, might change.
At Oklahoma, it means two open dates in September, followed by games on nine Saturdays in a row, could get tweaked.
Either way, it is official: West Virginia and Texas Christian University are full-fledged members of the rapidly changing Big 12. Both join from the Big East Conference, although TCU hadn't attained full membership after winning the Mountain West Conference title last season.
The Mountaineers formally became the newest Big 12 member Tuesday morning when the school reached an accord with the Big East. WVU and the Big East had sued each other in West Virginia and Rhode Island courts.
According to multiple reports, WVU will pay the Big East $20 million in exit fees and damages, half of which will be fronted by the Big 12. The school will then repay Big 12 member institutions over time.
Parties can't discuss the agreement publicly, but WVU athletic director Oliver Luck said in a conference call Tuesday morning that the school would get a huge boost from being in a more lucrative conference.
"We're very excited about the financial security that the television arrangements (in the Big 12) will provide all of our athletic programs," Luck said.
Luck said West Virginia's estimated television revenue for 2011-12 with the Big 12 will be about $18 million to $19 million after a three-year period of pro-rated revenue. It would have been about $10 million with the Big East, he said.
Even with the pro-rated TV revenue plan WVU and TCU agreed to - 50 percent in 2012-13, 67 percent in 2013-14, 80 percent in 2014-15 and a full share thereafter - it's a win-win move.
"We will be in very strong financial shape through the first couple years as well as when we get into years three and four," Luck said.
West Virginia will travel to Stillwater on Nov. 10. Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen is starting his second season in Morgantown after one season coordinating the Cowboys' offense to record productivity. OSU also hosts TCU on Oct. 27.
Oklahoma State opens conference play on Sept. 29 with a home game against Texas. It's the Longhorns' first game in Stillwater since 2009. OSU also gets Iowa State and Texas Tech at home, and travels to Kansas, Kansas State, OU and Baylor.
After playing in Stillwater and Waco in back-to-back seasons, the Sooners get OSU and Baylor in Norman. But the OSU game sits between what could be a rugged finish: at West Virginia, at TCU.
OU opens conference play Sept. 22 at home against Kansas State, then visits Texas Tech on Oct. 6 before meeting Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 13. OU also hosts KU and visits ISU.
While OSU announced its full schedule (the Cowboys open Sept. 1 against Savannah State, visit Arizona on Sept. 8 and host Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 15), the Sooners' nonconference opponents aren't known yet.
OU hosts Notre Dame on Oct. 27, but the Sooners have four dates in September to find two games (although, as the Big 12 warned, a league game could be moved to help OU balance its two open dates).
The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel on Tuesday reported OU has added Florida A&M for its Sept. 8 opening, although no official word came from OU. CBSSports.com has reported the possibility of OU opening the season at UTEP. News outlets in New Jersey have reported OU playing Rutgers at the new Meadowlands (Met Life Stadium).
The Big 12 scheduled four games on "championship weekend," Dec. 1, including OU at TCU and OSU at Baylor. That gives the Big 12 a prime-time television presence at the same time other leagues are playing championship games.
OSU SCHEDULE: THE HIGHLIGHTS
Sept. 8: at Arizona
Whether it's Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh or Wes Lunt, an inexperienced QB leads the Cowboys in a road game against the Wildcats and their new coach, Rich Rodriguez.
Sept. 29: vs. Texas
Before the 2010 season, Oklahoma State was 2-22 against Texas. This year, the Cowboys will be looking for their third consecutive victory over the Longhorns.Nov. 24: at Oklahoma
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Cowboys visit Norman for the first time since their 27-0 defeat in 2009. OSU has lost four straight at Norman since its last win in 2001.
Nov. 24: at Oklahoma
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving,
the Cowboys visit Norman for the first
time since their 27-0 defeat in 2009.
OSU has lost four straight at Norman
since its last win in 2001.
— BILL HAISTEN, World Sports Writer
OU SCHEDULE: THE HIGHLIGHTS
Oct 27: vs. Notre Dame
Fighting Irish haven’t played in Norman
since 1966, when Barry Switzer
was a first-year OU assistant. Chip
Kelly shook up his staff, but returns
15 starters, including QB Tommy Rees.
Nov 17: at West Virginia
Morgantown in November can
be slippery — the weather and the
chances of winning. The Mountaineers
and second-year coach Dana Holgorsen
count big-play QB Geno Smith
among 17 returning starters.
Dec 1: at TCU
QB Casey Paschall is among Gary
Patterson’s 15 returning starters. The
Horned Frogs are armed with a new
stadium and a fast, fierce defense.
Their win at OU in 2005 was the most
recent Sooner loss at home until the
Texas Tech game in 2011.
— JOHN E. HOOVER, World Sports Writer
Big 12 schedules
(Dates and times are subject to change per the Big 12 television agreements.)
Sept. 1: SMU
Sept. 15: Sam Houston
Sept. 22: at La.-Monroe
Sept. 29: at West Virginia
Oct. 13: TCU
Oct. 20: at Texas
Oct. 27: at Iowa State
Nov. 3: Kansas
Nov. 10: at Oklahoma
Nov. 17: Kansas State
Nov. 24: Texas Tech
Dec. 1: Oklahoma State
Sept. 1: Tulsa
Sept. 8: at Iowa
Sept. 15: Western Illinois
Sept. 29: Texas Tech
Oct. 6: at TCU
Oct. 13: Kansas State
Oct. 20: at Oklahoma State
Oct. 27: Baylor
Nov. 3: Oklahoma
Nov. 10: at Texas
Nov. 17: at Kansas
Nov. 24: West Virginia
Sept. 1: South Dakota State
Sept. 8: Rice
Sept. 15: TCU
Sept. 22: at Northern Illinois
Oct. 6: at Kansas State
Oct. 13: Oklahoma State
Oct. 20: at Oklahoma*
Oct. 27: Texas
Nov. 3: at Baylor
Nov. 10: at Texas Tech
Nov. 17: Iowa State
Dec. 1: at West Virginia
Sept. 1: Missouri State
Sept. 8: Miami (Fla.)
Sept. 15: North Texas
Sept. 22: at Oklahoma
Oct. 6: Kansas
Oct. 13: at Iowa State
Oct. 20: at West Virginia
Oct. 27: Texas Tech
Nov. 3: Oklahoma State
Nov. 10: at TCU
Nov. 17: at Baylor
Dec. 1: Texas
Sept. 8: Grambling State
Sept. 15: at Kansas
Sept. 22: Virginia
Sept. 29: at SMU
Oct. 6: Iowa State
Oct. 13: at Baylor
Oct. 20: Texas Tech
Oct. 27: at Oklahoma State
Nov. 3: at West Virginia
Nov. 10: Kansas State
Nov. 24: at Texas
Dec. 1: Oklahoma
Sept. 1: Wyoming
Sept. 8: New Mexico
Sept. 15: at Mississippi
Sept. 29: at Oklahoma State
Oct. 6: West Virginia
Oct. 13: vs. OU (Dallas)
Oct. 20: Baylor
Oct. 27: at Kansas
Nov. 3: at Texas Tech
Nov. 10: Iowa State
Nov. 24: TCU
Dec. 1: at Kansas State
Sept. 1: NW State
Sept. 8: at Texas State
Sept. 15: New Mexico
Sept. 29: at Iowa State
Oct. 6: Oklahoma
Oct. 13: West Virginia
Oct. 20: at TCU
Oct. 27: at Kansas State
Nov. 3: Texas
Nov. 10: Kansas
Nov. 17: at Oklahoma State
Nov. 24: vs. Baylor (Arlington)
Sept. 1: Marshall
Sept. 15: J. Madison (Landover, Md.)
Sept. 22: Maryland
Sept. 29: Baylor
Oct. 6: at Texas
Oct. 13: at Texas Tech
Oct. 20: Kansas State
Nov. 3: TCU
Nov. 10: at Oklahoma State
Nov. 17: Oklahoma
Nov. 24: at Iowa State
Dec. 1: Kansas
OSU 2012 SCHEDULE
OSU’s first FCS opponent since 2009
(Grambling State). Savannah State was
1-10 last season.
Wildcats, now coached by Rich
Rodriguez, and Cowboys meet for third
time in 22 months.
Three-game contract ends with this
meeting. Ragin’ Cajuns had a nice 2011
season (9-4 and a bowl win).
After two consecutive victories in
Austin, Cowboys host Longhorns for
the first time since 2009.
After routing Jayhawks 70-28 in Stillwater
last season, OSU seeks a fifth
straight win in Lawrence.
vs. Iowa St.
Double-overtime loss in Ames
prevented 2011 Cowboys from playing
for the national championship.
10/27 vs. TCU For the first time, the Cowboys and
Horned Frogs clash as conference
opponents. Fifth meeting in 41 years.
With Collin Klein returning at QB,
Wildcats may contend for the 2012
Big 12 championship.
Dana Holgorsen coordinated the OSU
offense in 2010. This season, he visits
as an opposing head coach.
Three-game win streak over the Red
Raiders included last year’s 66-6
annihilation in Lubbock.
After two consecutive battles at Boone
Pickens Stadium, Bedlam returns to
For the first time since 2004, Cowboys
close the regular season with a non-
— BILL HAISTEN, World Sports Writer
OU 2012 SCHEDULE
Collin Klein may be eager to inflict
pain on team that stole his thunder
Debacle after debacle, the Sooners
haven’t won in Lubbock since 2003.
Will Texas be in Year 3 without a QB,
or will the Longhorns have found their
Thin on talent, new coach Charlie
Weis may need his “decided schematic
Irish beat rookie Stoops 34-30 in
South Bend in ’99 and dominate
historical series 8-1.
Last trip to Ames (17-7 win in ’07)
wasn’t decided until the fourth
Beat OU for the first time last year,
but with no RG3, will these Bears still
Sooner fans have no idea what to expect,
but want revenge for ’07 Fiesta
After two years in Stillwater, Sooners
have the Cowboys right where they
By this time, the college football
world will know if TCU truly belongs
on the big stage.
— JOHN E. HOOVER, World Sports Writer
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OSU's Joseph Randle (left) and OU's Landry Jones lead their teams in a new-look Big 12. Photos by MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World; Photo illustration by ETHAN ERICKSON / Tulsa World
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