BIG 12 PREVIEW: 8 Conference Upsets?

By at July 30, 2010 | 10:32 AM | Print

It’s hard to escape the Big 12 unscathed – even great teams often manage not to do it. Here’s the list of eight potential conference upsets heading into 2010. Click here to see potential non-conference upsets.

Texas at Texas Tech, Sept. 18: Jones Stadium is a different animal at night, and the Red Raiders have the returning skill players to challenge the Longhorns’ excellent defense. UT rarely has an easy time of it in Lubbock, losing there in 2002 and 2008, and winning 35-31 in 2006.

Texas A&M at Oklahoma State, Sept. 30: The Pokes get 12 days to prepare for the Aggies – who, by all means, should be several games better than OSU in 2010 – and might feel some momentum off a 3-0 start.

Nebraska at Kansas State, Oct. 7: It isn’t much to look at, but KSU’s tinderbox of a stadium is, in fact, a difficult play to place, and surprisingly loud at times. The Thursday night ESPN setting only deepens the trouble awaiting the Huskers. K-State will be ready. NU might prevail or even pull away, but the Cats will pack a good first-quarter punch, at the very least.

Oklahoma at Missouri, Oct. 23: By then, the Tigers should have fully broken in some new receivers and worked out the kinks in its pass defense. Mizzou will have OU’s full attention, though, since game is sandwiched in between home contests vs. Iowa State and Colorado. Nevertheless: It’s time for Gary Pinkel to break through against the Sooners at home.

Texas Tech at Colorado, Oct. 23: CU’s never lost to the Red Raiders in Boulder, and Buffaloes have a lot of returning experience. Not all of it good, mind you, but Colorado’s almost always good for one upset a year on its home field.

Texas A&M at Baylor, Nov. 13: The Aggies lost in Waco in 2004 and 2008, and this game means more to the Bears than it does A&M. It is also likely to be the game that decides whether or not BU qualifies for a bowl. Trap alert!

Missouri at Iowa State, Nov. 20: It’ll be the last game of what figures to be a long year for the Cyclones, who will play for pride and principle against the more talented Tigers. By November, ISU should know how its defense fits together.

Nebraska at Texas A&M, Nov. 20: Our hunch is, by this time, A&M has three or four losses to its name and NU has, perhaps, one or two. In a one-game setting, at Kyle Field, the Aggies can absolutely ambush the Huskers. This is NU’s toughest road game of the year, late in the year, after six straight weeks of football. Nebraska’s toughness will be tested.

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