SEATTLE, Wash. – With the college football season only three months away, here is a look at a few Big 12 games that look to be highly entertaining in 2014.
Week One: Florida State vs. Oklahoma State – 8:00 pm ET – ABC
College football fans will be treated to quite the game between two of the nation’s premier programs in Week One of the 2014 season. The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Florida State Seminoles will face off at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in this year’s Cowboys Classic. Interestingly enough, this season’s incarnation of the game will feature competing teams nicknamed after cowboys and Native Americans. The Pokes finished last season at No. 17, while Seminoles finished at No. 1 after winning the BCS National Championship and completing an undefeated season.
Week Four: Auburn at Kansas State – 7:30 pm ET – ESPN
The Auburn Tigers were the second best team in 2013 and will be quite the handful for the K-State Wildcats. This will be one of the biggest and most anticipated home games that the Wildcats will have all season. Auburn is coming into the Bill Snyder Family Memorial Stadium with one of the top recruiting classes in the country and an experienced quarterback in Nick Marshall. If Kansas State can pull off a win at home, there will be celebration in the streets of Manhattan.
Week Five: Texas Tech at Oklahoma State – 7:30 pm ET – ESPN
This should prove to be a rather even matchup between two extremely well put together programs with potential conference championship implications on the line. The Texas Tech Red Raiders relied on quarterback Baker Mayfield this past season as a freshman walk-on, but in an interesting move, Mayfield elected to transfer to Oklahoma this offseason, meaning Davis Webb will likely be at the controls of head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. The game will be played in primetime under the national spotlight.
Week Five: Baylor at Texas – TBA
With new head coach Charlie Strong attempting to fill the enormous shoes left by Mack Brown in Austin and Baylor head coach Art Briles ready to defend his conference championship, the table has been set for another intriguing matchup during Week Five. The game will almost assuredly be telecast nationally, and the media circus surrounding Briles and Strong will only intensify. The results of this game may have future College Football Playoff implications on the line.
Week 11: Baylor at Oklahoma – TBA
The Sooners will look to redeem their loss against the Bears from last season, this time playing in Norman. Both of these teams finished at the top of the conference in 2013 and could very well do the same in 2014. In a battle between Baylor’s explosive offense and OU’s gritty defense, it will come down to which team wants it more, and as a football fan, that should excite anyone.