The Big 12 released its 2014 conference schedule on Tuesday. Obviously, it's time to peek into our crystal ball and figure out just what it all means...nearly one year in advance.
Since the Big 12 plays a round-robin schedule, there aren't too many instances of an individual team getting "screwed" by the scheduling gods.
But what can we initially take away from the 2014 Big 12 schedule?
The 2014 conference slate gets off to an intriguing start
The first Big 12 game of the 2014 season will be a Thursday night game between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in Stillwater. It's impossible to tell if one or both of these teams will be ranked by then—Tech plays Arkansas and Oklahoma State opens the season with Florida State in nonconference play—but it should be an interesting matchup.
Oklahoma State has won the past five meetings against the Red Raiders, but Tech seems bound for great things with head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
November could be shaping up to be another huge month
The next few weeks of Big 12 play will have major conference championship and BCS implications. Next November could play out similarly.
Nov. 1, 2014 will feature Oklahoma State at Kansas State and Texas at Texas Tech. One week later, Baylor heads to Norman to take on the Sooners. Then, on Nov. 15, Oklahoma goes to Texas Tech and Texas travels to Oklahoma State.
There should be plenty of buzzworthy games in those few weeks.
Oklahoma State will have a tough finish to the season
Other than a season-opening neutral site game against FSU, Oklahoma State won't leave Boone Pickens Stadium until Oct. 18 when it travels to TCU. However, five of OSU's final seven games are on the road, including back-to-back games against Baylor and Oklahoma to end the year. Yikes.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, is primed for a late-season push
The Sooners will spend a month away from Norman, beginning with a Sept. 20 road game at Tulsa and ending with the Red River Shootout with Texas on Oct. 11. But starting with an Oct. 18 game against Kansas State, OU gets four of their final six games at home (Kansas State, Baylor, Kansas and Oklahoma State).
Texas' schedule sets up nicely
The Longhorns will once again benefit from a favorable schedule, all things considered. Texas will play six home games, but only four true road games. The annual rivalry with Oklahoma will still be in Dallas on Oct. 11, and a Sept. 13 game vs. UCLA will be in Arlington. For only having six home games, you can't ask for a much better setup than that.