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Ranking Big 12 games: Part II

7/21/2014

As we wait for Big 12 media days, we're taking this week to rank all 75 Big 12 games, both in and out of conference, from worst to first. Factors that went into the selection process included quality of opponent, interest level and expected competitiveness.

We got started with the bottom 15.

Today we continue with the next 15, Nos. 60-46:

No. 60. Texas Tech at UTEP (Sept. 6): UTEP played its old Border conference rival from the 1950s tough in meetings in 2006 and 2007.

No. 59. Oklahoma at Tulsa (Sept. 6): Even though this is technically a road game for the Sooners, there will be twice as much crimson as Hurricane blue.

No. 58. TCU at Kansas (Nov. 15): I don't remember a single thing about this game last year, which tells you how compelling it was.

No. 57. North Texas at Texas (Aug. 30): The first game of the Charlie Strong era.

No. 56. Iowa State at Kansas (Nov. 8): Maybe the Jayhawks' best chance of landing a conference win.

No. 55. Kansas at Texas Tech (Oct. 18): The Jayhawks are 1-14 all-time against the Red Raiders who, after a slow start, crushed Kansas in Lawrence last season.

No. 54. Oklahoma State at Kansas (Oct. 11): In the Cowboys' previous trip to Kansas, the Jayhawks had the ball in Oklahoma State territory in the fourth quarter with a chance to win.

No. 53. Iowa State at TCU (Dec. 6): Scheduled the final week of the season, this game will get more attention. As ugly as last year's meeting was between these two teams -- there were 21 punts -- that's not a good thing.

No. 52. North Dakota State at Iowa State (Aug. 30): The Bison pulled off a stunner at Kansas State with a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter last season. Can the three-time defending FCS champs knock off another Big 12 member in an opener?

No. 51. Texas at Kansas (Sept. 27): Kansas has hung tough with the Longhorns over the years, but has spectacularly failed to get a final stop (notably in 2012 and 2004). As a result, Texas has won 11 in a row.

No. 50. Iowa State at Oklahoma State (Oct. 4): The Cowboys have coasted past Iowa State twice now since dropping the 2011 heartbreaker that ultimately bounced them from the national title game.

No. 49. Texas Tech at Iowa State (Nov. 22): Traveling to Ames late in the year is part of another brutal November schedule for Tech that also includes Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor.

No. 48. West Virginia at Iowa State (Nov. 29): The Big 12 is clearly attempting to make this game a Thanksgiving tradition, with the previous two meetings falling on Thanksgiving weekend.

No. 47. Kansas at Kansas State (Nov. 29): One of the only Big 12 rivalries that's more important on the hardwood than the field.

No. 46. Kansas at West Virginia (Oct. 4): The Mountaineers will be out for blood after last season's debacle in Lawrence, while Kansas will look for its first winning streak against a Big 12 opponent since defeating Iowa State back-to-back in 2008 and 2009.