Friday, May 11, 2012
The Ultimate Big 12 Road Trip: Week 13
By ESPN.com staff
I've been inspired by the boys at the Big Ten Blog, and this should be a fun walk-through each week in the new-look Big 12 next season. I'll pick one game a week during the season that I'd attend if it were entirely up to me. I don't make the call, and things change as games are played, of course. I'll include road nonconference games, too.
Here's the Week 13 slate in the Big 12:
My pick: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
- Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
- West Virginia at Iowa State
- Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
- TCU at Texas
With apologies to the Horned Frogs' first trip to Austin, this is a bit of no-brainer, no? Bedlam's been the best rivalry in the Big 12 for the past two seasons after both games decided the Big 12 title (or, at least, the Big 12 South title). After two years away, thanks to scheduling kinks, the Bedlam rivalry will return to Norman, where Oklahoma State hasn't scored a point since 2007. (Sure, those two years away helped, but Oklahoma relished that 2009 shutout win with Oklahoma State playing for a BCS bid.)
Oklahoma embarrassed the Sooners in 2011, and have fired up the rivalry even further. Oklahoma State will probably be the solid underdog in this one, and its true freshman quarterback, Wes Lunt, will be walking into one of the toughest atmospheres he'll see all season.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma will be experienced and if the ball bounces their way, could be playing for a Big 12 title or even a national title. Oklahoma State could be playing to stay alive in the title race, too.
Either way, this could be yet another classic. Oklahoma will have revenge in mind for last year's game, but Oklahoma State's anything but scared of the Sooners anymore.