It’s the time of year when schedules have been finalized, so let’s take a look at the Big 12 for 2010.
Attached is a reverse ranking of the year's out of conference schedules from hard tack to éclair…tough stuff to the creamiest cream puffs.
Overall out of 48 out of conference games, twelve are against opponents from BCS divisions.
This reflects the continuing trend amongst all major conference schools to shy away from quality opposition and schedule only one good, tough non-conference opponent per year.
The league has also scheduled seven games against the Mountain West, which many consider to be on the cusp of getting into the BCS club.
Another recent trend in the last decade amongst the major schools is to schedule at home as much as possible.
The Big 12 again is following this trend, with only 12 away games (one of them on a neutral field) against out of conference opponents scheduled for 2010.
Only one school, Baylor, is splitting their out of conference schedule with two home and two away games.
There are also eight games scheduled against Division 1-AA opponents for 2010, also continuing a lamentable trend amongst larger schools to charge their fans full admission to what is essentially a full contact scrimmage.
So, starting with the toughest….