Big 12 Football: 5 Games Every Big 12 Fan Should Attend
If you're a true fan of Big 12, Midwestern football, then there are five games that you will not miss attending in 2013.
Of course, there's the Red River Rivalry, the annual matchup between Oklahoma and Texas that always has major implications surrounding it.
Another classic rivalry game is the Bedlam Rivalry between the Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, which has been split over the last two seasons.
Add in grudge matches between the Kansas State Wildcats and Baylor Bears, the Wildcats and Longhorns and the West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Tech Red Raiders and you have a terrific slate of games that will certainly be hot tickets this year.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Baylor Bears
The last two meetings between these Big 12 foes have been split evenly.
In 2011, the Kansas State Wildcats delivered the Baylor Bears, who had Robert Griffin III as their quarterback, their first loss of the season in Manhattan, Kan., with a 36-35 win.
However, in 2012, the Bears returned the favor by dashing the national title hopes of then top-ranked Kansas State with a 52-24 win, a game that was arguably the biggest upset of the entire college football season.
In 2013, you better believe that both these teams will have vengeance on their minds.
The Bears will be looking to avenge their loss from the last time they visited Manhattan, while Kansas State will want to give a crushing blow to the team that spoiled what could've been one of the best seasons in college football history.
Add in the fact that Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be freshly renovated on the west side and this game is a must-see for Big 12 fans.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
In 2012, the Texas Tech Red Raiders spoiled a hot start to the West Virginia Mountaineers' season by beating the newcomer to the Big 12, 49-14.
Now in the Red Raiders' first conference trip to Morgantown, bet on the fact that these two high-scoring teams will put on a good show.
The Red Raiders are led by wide receiver Eric Ward, who will look to provide some stability for new quarterback Michael Brewer and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
As for the Mountaineers, running back Andrew Buie is the best returner on an offense that just lost Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.
Both these teams will struggle in the Big 12 in 2013, so this game will be a huge boost for whoever wins. So expect both these teams to leave it all out on the field this year.
Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats
The last time the Kansas State Wildcats lost to the Texas Longhorns, the calendar read October 4, 2003.
Since then, the Wildcats have rattled off five straight wins against the Longhorns, long thought to be the leader of the Big 12. That's led fans in Manhattan to create the chant, "We own Texas."
Last year's win in Manhattan for the Wildcats over the Longhorns secured the Big 12 title, as the 42-24 win sent Kansas State to the Fiesta Bowl and the fans onto the field.
However, with the loss of Collin Klein and Texas returning David Ash, this could finally be the year the Longhorns get off the schneid against Bill Snyder's group.
The last time the Wildcats visited Austin, over 100,000 people watched Klein and Kansas State give the Longhorns a 17-13 loss.
If Texas wants to compete for a Big 12 title in 2013, it will have to beat the Wildcats to do so.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners
The last time the legendary Bedlam Rivalry was held in Stillwater, home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Mike Gundy's team beat the Oklahoma Sooners silly, 44-10, en route to securing a Big 12 title. The win also sent the fans onto the field.
The Sooners got their payback in 2012, though, with a thrilling 51-48 win in overtime.
Now in 2013, with both teams poised to make a run at the Big 12 title, this game is sure to have huge implications. The Sooners will look to earn its second straight in the rivalry, while the Cowboys will look to solidify its home-field advantage at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Both teams will also have new quarterbacks at the helm in 2013. The Sooners will likely start Blake Bell, while Gundy has pegged Clint Chelf has his starter for the year. In 2012, the Cowboys started three quarterbacks, so finding stability at that position will be a huge issue.
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners
There's not a single game that defines the Big 12 better than the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma.
The Longhorns and Sooners are some of the most storied programs in college football history, and their rivalry dates back to 1900, when the two schools first played each other.
The last three games between the two schools have gone in favor of Bob Stoops and Oklahoma, with the Sooners winning by a combined 88 points. So there's no doubt that the Longhorns have revenge on their minds.
Texas staring quarterback David Ash is 0-2 against the Sooners, while Blake Bell saw limited time in his team's last two wins over the Longhorns.
As is tradition, the game will be played in the legendary Cotton Bowl, once again, in 2013.
Simply put, if you're a Big 12 fan, you have to attend the Red River Rivalry at least once in your lifetime.