Last week we took a peek at some of the most embarrassing non-conference match-ups for the Big 12 conference and not its time to turn the page and look at the better end of the league’s non-conference schedule. Big 12 schools have scheduled intriguing games against teams from the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Pac 10, SEC and yes, even the Mountain West.
With the criticism often given to Big 12 schools for weak scheduling, accolades are deserved for the following ten games, many of which will make for a strong opening weekend in `09.
9. Missouri/Illinois, September 5th – The “other” boarder way for the Tigers will give us the first look at the post Chase Daniel. This is also the second of two Big 12/Big 10 match-ups on our list indicating that a little conference pride is at stake.
8. Baylor @ Wake
6. Oklahoma/Brigham Young, September 5th – The Sooners get to open up Jerry World with a match up against one of the top teams in the Mountain West. Led by senior quarterback Max Hall, the Cougars will be chasing BCS dreams in `09 while the Sooners begin their quest for a fourth consecutive conference crown and another shot at BCS glory.
5. Kansas State @ UCLA, September 19th – Bill Snyder is back in the saddle in the Little Apple and with the cream puff non-conference schedule that the Wildcats are playing this game sticks out like a sore thumb. The Bruins are long way from being the toast of the Pac 10 conference but they are every bit on par with