Big 12 Football: Oklahoma vs. West Virginia Is Conference's 2012 Must-See Game

Erin SorensenContributor IJuly 3, 2012

Move over, Red River Rivalry, there is a new must-see game in town, according to Berry Tramel and The Oklahoman.

On November 17th, the Oklahoma Sooners will head to the Appalachian Mountains to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. Countless reasons make this the Big 12 game of the season, beginning with the two Heisman-contending quarterbacks.

West Virginia's Geno Smith and Oklahoma's Landry Jones have been compared every which way to Sunday. And both players are members of teams destined to make a run at the Big 12 title.

Jones is the Sooners' all-time passing leader with 12,379 career yards. As a sophomore in 2010, Smith was the first Mountaineer to throw for more than 2,500 yards in a season since 1998.

There is no denying that Jones and Smith are outstanding athletes.

These two are a very large part of what makes this November showdown in Morgantown so exciting. Fans will see first hand which quarterback shines brighter. It could even be a game that determines the respective fates for these potential Heisman candidates.

Beyond that, Berry Tramel also notes that most preseason pundits have Oklahoma and West Virginia as No. 1 and No. 2, or No. 2 and No. 1, in the Big 12.

"I don't know about that," said West Virginia's head coach, Dana Holgorsen. "Obviously, whole lot of things have to happen in order for that to come true."

Holgorsen may just be putting on a humble front, but the Mountaineers definitely do have a shot at taking the Big 12 by storm. The matchup with OU will be one to remember, as West Virginia is not necessarily unfamiliar with such big-game situations.

The most recent game most fans will be familiar with may be the Mountaineers' 70-33 Orange Bowl crushing of Clemson in January. That game alone signified the power of the Mountaineers, proving the Big 12 is not in for a cakewalk with this new team.

The Sooners will bring a lot of national hype to the mountains and put the Mountaineers in an unfamiliar spotlight, but do not expect West Virginia to choke. It will be a hard-fought battle between the veteran and the rookie.

This is what it is all about in the Big 12. Big games with even bigger meaning. The winner of the OU-WVU matchup could easily become the Big 12 champion.

So buckle up, Oklahoma and West Virginia fans. It's going to be a wild ride in November.