Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Ultimate Big 12 Road Trip: Week 11
By David Ubben
We're continuing our march across Big 12 country with your dream trek for 2013. Want to see the best of the best in the Big 12 this season? Come along with us.
We don't make the final decisions about where we spend our fall Saturdays, but I'm walking week by week through the 2013 season and forecasting where I'd like to be. Circumstances change as games happen, of course, but here's how I'd project the season. Road nonconference games count. Let's move on with the next week.
Expectations are very different for these two programs, but Texas constantly carries a bull's-eye on its back in Big 12 play, regardless of its record. The attention and cash the program rakes in by the bushel is a big reason, but Texas is a brand, the flagship program in a talent-rich state with great tradition and big names.
Ask TCU and West Virginia what beating Texas last season meant. It was the best victory for both teams all season, and made for special trips home for both programs. This time, it'll produce a great atmosphere at Milan Puskar Stadium, one that represents everything special about college football. Expect a gold rush for the burnt orange Horns coming to town and a big-time atmosphere to match. West Virginia may just be fighting for a bowl bid and Texas could be traveling to Morgantown in a must-win situation in the Big 12 title race. That's a lot on the line for both teams, and this late in the season, you can expect sharp performances with a lot of effort and emotion. Sounds awesome.