We're continuing our series today looking at the "most important" game of the year for each team in the Big 12.
I have my own opinions on that for every team, but I'll ask the fans what they think first before I weigh in on what game I'd pick and why.
You can define "important" in a number of ways, which is why this exercise should be intriguing.
Let's have a closer look at the next team up on our list: Texas.
Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Oct. 12: Texas has surely had some long, quiet bus rides back to Austin after the Red River Rivalry in the last two seasons. No loss hurts more, but the embarrassment of turning the fourth quarter into a Sooner victory lap makes it that much worse. That's what's happened in 2011 and 2012, but no road back to the top of the Big 12 will be complete without beating Oklahoma.
at TCU, Oct. 26: TCU could be dangerous in the recruiting game that's already gotten much tougher for Texas as Texas A&M has surged in the past few seasons. Last year's home loss on Thanksgiving was difficult to swallow, but nothing helps TCU build its program more than beating Texas. A second consecutive Longhorns loss to TCU would mean a lot more than just a notch in the loss column.
Oklahoma State, Nov. 16: The Longhorns and Cowboys have the two best and most experienced depth charts in the Big 12, and both look like strong contenders for the league title. OSU is my pick for No. 1, and regardless of if that's the case or not, a loss to the Cowboys would mean getting the outside lane in the title race over the final weeks of the season.
at Baylor, Dec. 7: Just like we talked about in the TCU game earlier, recruiting in Texas is heating up, and Baylor's proven itself as a force to be reckoned with. The Bears may have a chance to directly affect the Longhorns Big 12 title chances in the final week of the season. A win might mean a Big 12 title and a BCS bid. A loss might mean more disappointment and more ammo for the Bears on the recruiting trail for a program trying to build. This will be the last game ever in Floyd Casey Stadium, too. Expect an energized crowd.
Kansas State, Sept. 21: Nobody knows for sure whether or not Texas is really "back," but a solid win over Kansas State in the Big 12 opener would be a nice place to start. The Longhorns have a great shot to start 5-0 and possibly ascend into the top 5-10, but beating the Wildcats (7-2 vs. Texas since the start of the Big 12) has often proved elusive.