Big 12 Football: 5 Most Underrated Conference Matchups of 2013

Sean Frye@Sean_E_FryeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2013

Big 12 Football: 5 Most Underrated Conference Matchups of 2013

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    We're about a third of the way through the 2013 college football season, and that means conference play in the Big 12 is underway. 

    Some of the marquee matchups within the league include the Red River Rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners as well as Bedlam between the Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys. 

    However, with the league being wide open this year, there are certainly some underrated conference games to look out for this year.

    Checkout some of this year's Big 12 games that are flying under the radar. 

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas State Wildcats: October 5

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    The last two Big 12 champions meet up in Stillwater, Okla. on Oct. 5 as the Oklahoma State Cowboys play host to the Kansas State Wildcats.

    The last time this game was held at Boone Pickens Stadium, the Cowboys won in a nail-biter 52-45 in a game that saw 28 points scored in the final six minutes of the game. 

    One reason this game may be flying under the radar is the fact that Oklahoma State is undefeated and picked by the media to win the Big 12, while the Wildcats are 2-2 this year after losing to Texas last week and North Dakota State, an FCS team, in Week 1. 

    Nevertheless, this game is sure to have major implications for both teams. The Cowboys will be looking to secure what could be their second Big 12 win assuming they take care of West Virginia on Sep. 29, while Kansas State is trying to right the ship after a shaky start. 

Baylor Bears vs. West Virginia Mountaineers, October 5

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    Last year, the West Virginia Mountaineers won the shootout against the Baylor Bears 70-63 in what was one of the most intriguing games in the Big 12 all year. 

    Now with Baylor starting the season 3-0 and looking like one of the conference's most dangerous teams early on, the Bears could be poised for revenge as they host WVU on Oct. 5. 

    Baylor has been one of the nation's most prolific offenses this year but has yet to face a BCS team. A win over the Mountaineers would not only give the Bears some legitimacy to their hot start, but would set the tone for the entire Big 12 season. 

    As for the Mountaineers, their season hasn't started the way they wanted to. But a second consecutive win over Baylor could turn the entire campaign around. 

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys, November 2

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys blew out the Texas Tech Raiders 59-21 on Senior Night in Stillwater. 

    But this year, the game featuring two fast-paced offenses should go much differently. 

    Both the Cowboys and Red Raiders are undefeated at 3-0 and 4-0 respectively. And both are looking like potential conference champions early on. 

    This game is in the heart of the Big 12 schedule for both teams, so a win for either side would likely give the team the driver's seat to a conference title. 

    For Oklahoma State in particular, this game kicks off a string of five games that also includes matchups against Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma. If the Cowboys can't win this on on the road, it could spell trouble down the stretch for the team picked to win the Big 12 in the preseason. 

Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns, December 7

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    In what will be the final game held in Floyd Casey Stadium, the Baylor Bears host the Texas Longhorns in Waco, Texas in the season's final regular season game for each opponent. 

    This matchup featuring two high-profile teams from Texas is sure to carry huge implications for the Big 12 standings as the season concludes. 

    Baylor has looked like a darkhorse candidate to win the league with its 3-0 start while Texas is coming off a rebound win against Kansas State last week. 

    With this game being senior night for Baylor in the last game before the program moves into a brand new stadium, the storylines are sure to be endless for this late-season showdown.