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Big 12 releases 2012 football schedule

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With the path officially cleared this morning for West Virginia’s departure from the Big East, the Mountaineers’ new conference was finally able to reveal its oft-delayed slate for the upcoming season.

The Big 12 wasted no time in releasing the 2012 schedule, either, issuing a press release less than an hour after it was announced that new member WVU and the Big East had reached a settlement agreement in its civil litigation.  The two new additions to the conference offsets the loss of Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC, meaning the 10-member conference will again play a nine-game slate in 2012.

The conference schedule will officially kick-off the third weekend of the season, with TCU, the other new member of the conference along with WVU, traveling to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks Sept. 15.  Iowa State and Texas Tech are the only two schools that will not play the final weekend of the regular season.  Those schools are also the only two in the Big 12 that will play nine straight conference with no byes or non-conference games mixed in.

The official release also confirmed that TCU will travel to Texas on Thanksgiving, one of four matchups that holiday weekend.  The premier matchup over the holiday, though, will likely be Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, with the Bedlam game officially moved up from its regular slot the past several years as the season finale for the in-state rivals.

The Bedlam game is part of a tough closing third of the conference season; the home game against the Cowboys is sandwiched between road trips to WVU and TCU.

Speaking of tough stretches, the Big 12 schedule makers did WVU no favors in the month of November in its inaugural season in the league.  The game against OU Nov. 17 concludes a three-game stretch that opens with a home game vs. TCU and then a trip to Stillwater to take on OSU.

Below is the complete 2012 Big 12 conference schedule:

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40 Responses to “Big 12 releases 2012 football schedule”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 14, 2012 11:45 AM

    Welcome to a real conference now WVU. No more feasting on the little guys of the Big Least anymore. I think they will rise to the occasion.

  2. frug says: Feb 14, 2012 11:56 AM

    Interesting that they moved Bedlam to Thanksgiving. They intentionally placed it there last season because they wanted a “premiere” matchup to go against the other conferences’ championship games.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Feb 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    It’s not like they didn’t have this ready months ago. Delaying it because of the BE attorneys is just ridiculous. I can’t wait until October 6th to see WV in Austin and glad to see that OK has to go there the first year.

  4. woebegong says: Feb 14, 2012 1:30 PM

    I wonder how much money was spent in legal fees, just to determine what any sensible person knew was going to be the outcome. I should have studied to be a lawyer, because being a scientist in my field didn’t really make me very rich, LOL.

  5. tigersgeaux says: Feb 14, 2012 1:31 PM

    The Big 12 will likely be one of the toughest conference schedules in 2012 in college football. Depending upon the records of the teams they likely will be either 2 behind the SEC or 1 slightly ahead, but right up there. It will be a jump up for our Mountaineer friends and we think they are ready (though $20 M less in their pockets, we understand) and will surprise some this season.

  6. drozman says: Feb 14, 2012 2:24 PM

    So why would WVU not just spend a week in Texas for the Texas, TTU back to back road games. This is silly and that travel will be a pain in the cheeks.

  7. mhalt99 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:34 PM

    So why would WVU not just spend a week in Texas for the Texas, TTU back to back road games. This is silly and that travel will be a pain in the cheeks.

    No, No, No…….you’re confusing college with professional football. these are student athletes we are talking about here. they have to be back so they can attend class and learn. the way you are talking, they are just extremely underpaid professional athletes who need to make millions if not billions of dollars for their corporate masters….er make that Non-Profit masters who don’t pay taxes and only voluntarily make payments to their communities.

    on another note…….jeez what scumbags were those fatcats who used to use child labor while only paying them pennies of what they made……oh what? they went on to form the NCAA?

  8. helenh777 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:43 PM

    Who ever put the schedule out. Thanks. Looks like a difficult season, but looking forward to it.

  9. helenh777 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    I can’t help but wonder why some of you are so angry. If you hate college football so much why are you here. Just go do something else. I watched every game I could. If there were two on at the same time I went back and forth. Got a kick out of watching other teams. Really enjoyed the Orange Bowl and the National Championship. I like both teams and respect both coaches. I have always kept track of all the teams in the Big East. I will now root for all the teams in the Big 12. Of course not when they play my mountaineers. Maybe if some of you chose a couple more schools to root for you might get less bitter. Truthfully some of you seem to dislike all the teams.

  10. centexhorn says: Feb 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    mhalt99, give it a rest. They’re getting free educations, which are worth a lot. Do you know how much tuition costs at some of these schools? It’s insane.

    They’re not getting ripped off. They’re making money for a university so that it can give them their free education. Do you think half these kids would want to play football for these schools if they weren’t getting an education in the process? What percentage of them go on to play professionally? Maybe 1%? A fraction of a percentage?

    Anyway, you’re ruining a perfectly good comment section about a perfectly good topic. The Big 12 schedule. It’s going to be epic.

    Prepares your buttholes, WVU!

  11. kcrobert10 says: Feb 14, 2012 3:26 PM

    I’ll be the 1st to point out ku and mu both have non con openings on the same weekend in Nov. Come on ku don’t be scared to take a beating. Nobody else is going to pay u the kinda money u will get from the chiefs for that game anyway. More boarder war forever. M-i-z-z-o-u beat ku……

  12. brakadamas says: Feb 14, 2012 4:02 PM

    Hey…..good idea!!! Maybe I can talk my wife into staying in Texas for a week to watch the Mountaineers take on Texas and Texas Tech!!!
    And helenh777…..some people just aren’t happy unless they’re miserable.

  13. says: Feb 14, 2012 4:38 PM

    Like any College Football season….this looks like fun.

    The winning HC of the KSU-TCU game should get to wear a “Purple Reign” Cape at the return game the following year.

  14. mrslay1 says: Feb 14, 2012 4:53 PM

    Surely I didn’t see some dumbutt on here rate the little (10)12 equal to the SEC…please don’t start this crap again till you can prove it. And everyone knows you haven’t!

  15. centexhorn says: Feb 14, 2012 5:32 PM

    mrslay1, it’s better since you sheep f*ckers left.

    And I love how you act like y’all were part of the SEC an not part of the group who didn’t prove it. God, y’all are such losers.

  16. centexhorn says: Feb 14, 2012 5:34 PM

    BTW, the person who said that about the Big 12 and the SEC was an LSU fan. Whoops!

  17. vegasrobert says: Feb 14, 2012 6:27 PM

    mrslay1, the conference rankings have consistently ranked the Big XII ahead of the SEC.. but you see, the SEC is highly overrated by ESPN so it’s understandable that you get a boost in the polls, hence the BCS, hence more berths into the NCG.

    Oh and I’m sure you know this, but we don’t “recruit” the same way in our part of the country as you do in places like Alabama. If johnny thug wants a new camaro, he has to wait for the NFL.

  18. mrslay1 says: Feb 14, 2012 6:42 PM

    What happened in the Cotton bowl this year..texas fags

  19. kcrobert10 says: Feb 14, 2012 6:53 PM

    Guys come on the big 12 isn’t on the sec’s level. They have arguably the 3 best teams in the country Ala, Lsu, ark. 2 other teams that have national titles in more recent yrs than anyone in the big 12. Also if u want to really gage the health of a conf talk about its worse teams and I’m sorry ku is one of the worst programs in the country. On the other hand Tennessee or ole miss may have finished last in the sec but can u seriously argue that those programs are worse than ku.

  20. TxGrown says: Feb 14, 2012 10:02 PM


    The ultimate asswipe. Always there with a stained point of view.

  21. mrslay1 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:26 PM

    txgrown just another wart on the ass of the country… called texas

  22. thefiesty1 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:24 PM

    How about the non-conference schedule? Which gimme games have been scheduled? Haven’t those been scheduled for years? According to DeLost they don’t have room for A&M anymore and the KU-Missouri border war is over. With this conference schedule, one would think they could figure out a way to keep the rivalries.

  23. mrslay1 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:33 PM

    Well stated sir. They b12 has some good teams each year. Oklahoma is the only one that seems to stay at the top, and always there. But top to bottom nobody comes close to the SEC.

  24. centexhorn says: Feb 15, 2012 9:02 AM

    The Cotton Bowl hasn’t been played this year.

  25. mrslay1 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:19 AM

    Real bright.

  26. mrslay1 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:22 AM

    Last time I checked the 2012 Cotton Bowl was played January 6th.

  27. woebegong says: Feb 15, 2012 9:23 AM

    Maybe I am misunderstanding here, but if you are talking about the bowl game, Cotton Bowl, I wouldn’t think they would list it, since it hasn’t been decided who plays in it yet. Since it is not one of the four BCS bowls, it is an open invitation as far as I know.

  28. centexhorn says: Feb 15, 2012 9:56 AM

    What happened in the Cotton Bowl was not-your-team beat not-your-team. Not really anything you personally get to brag about. You’re an aggy. You’re still in the Big 12. You’re only making fun of yourself.

  29. mrslay1 says: Feb 15, 2012 12:39 PM

    Once again you show your stupidity. I am a Razorback who waxed your #2 little 12 team just like they would have your #1. Sadly the faggies are coming into our conference, but it is certainly a step to the top of the ladder and something the tea sippers will never get a invite to.

  30. timh1955 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:04 PM

    The Little 12 is a joke now! Look at Oklahoma’s schedule! You guys in the Big 12 are competing with Boise State for playing the most pathetic schedule of any conference including the MWC and WAC.

  31. pdcooper08 says: Feb 16, 2012 8:09 AM

    @ Mike Slay: Do you get paid to come on every post and just act like an ass. I see you everywhere. Your always talking about some body elses program being a wart on the ass. You are a clown and the real ass. Get a life loser.

    I’m sure you already know this, as you appear to get off on this type of behavior. Put others down to build yourself up. Hope it’s working there for you.

    I like your coach and what he has done with the program the past 3 years, but I really hope your not representation of the typical Arkansas fan.

  32. woebegong says: Feb 16, 2012 8:20 AM

    I wonder how well or how long it will take the other teams to adapt to the WVU offense. They emphasize speed and use it very well, to keep teams off balance, and I am not sure the other teams have seen that much speed on offense in the past, in the conference.
    Then again, I am not sure how well WVU will do at first because they have really stepped up in the quality of teams they will be playing now. Who will be the traditional rival for them, now that they are in the new conference. It seems to me, that every football team needs a good old fashioned grudge match with an opponent each year to get the juices going.

  33. helenh777 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:01 AM

    I would like to see all the BCS Bowls again. Maybe ESPNU could do that. If they do please let me know when. I thought they were all pretty good.

  34. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:36 AM

    Sorry, but your opionion means nothing to me, and I doubt anyone else. Say what you wish… and I’ll do the same. If you don’t like that, you can go somewhere else.

  35. timh1955 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:11 PM

    It’s just a matter of time until the Big 12 is history. UT controls the conference and all the other schools do what they are told. No wonder Missouri and A&M went to the best conference in college football.

  36. pdcooper08 says: Feb 16, 2012 6:17 PM

    @slay, is there anyone else that reads your post that lives close to. If so, could you just show up to his mobile home and slap him in the back of the head.

    It doesn’t matter what region you comment about, you and nothing to say important. Your a lonely toothless Hill Billy that’s got no life. Why don’t you be the one that goes away. Your a major tool Mike.

  37. mrslay1 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:07 PM

    I don’t need a wife, when I want a woman I just go get yours. She ia always greatful to have a REAL man for a change.

  38. kibbee2545 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:15 PM

    I think Ohio State should join the Big 12. They won’t have to cheat to win

  39. pdcooper08 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:01 AM

    You got me on the that mike slay, I’m out of here now.

  40. mhalt99 says: Feb 21, 2012 11:21 AM

    centexhorn says:

    Exactly, not many will go on to play professionally. They are not playing to cover the cost of their education. They are playing to cover the cost of their education, their coaches salary, the salary of the coaches of other sports, the AD’s salary, the rent on the stadium that the university uses to influence peddle while hosting everything from senators to governors to…. Good programs even bank money as they make so much. Also, the bowl system “non-profits”….well just look at what happened to the Fiesta Bowl and where all of that money that these kids made went. Also as for non-profits…the money these kids make isn’t even taxed so the local economy is just left with whatever it can make off of home games. A school like Texas banks a good deal of money and even puts some back into the university, a school like Rutgers puts the burden on the state taxpayers and cuts educational programs.

    As to paid with their education. Education is insanely expensive and may be the next bubble to burst. I agree that the kids should be happy about not having loans. Of course in any other industry they would be paid much more, have a 401k and insurance (there is a program that supplements parental insurance)….life insurance, maybe even dental. Here they are used up and thrown out. The education they receive is scheduled around game trips and grueling practices. In some cases the education that is received is barely worth the paper it is printed on as it is in something like Information Processing ala Va Tech. look at the majors the kids are pressed into. Also what about the value of said education. What of the student-athletes that do not have the “Q” as stated by Marion Brady. Many of these student-athletes, if not being paid for the billions (B-ball, Football maybe W.Bball at Tenn UConn) that they produce would be better off financially in the long run if they went into other professions. If you don’t care to read Brady, then maybe you should ask the class of 2010, 2011 or 2012 how that piece of paper is working out for them (excl – Engineering & Sciences). In fact the cost of a degree has gone up exponentially while the value of one has gone down. The first Heisman winner out of Chicago turned down the pros for a a better offer in business.

    Overall these kids are being exploited and not getting much back in return. Even the times is starting to come around. If you can’t see this then…………well…………well then I have some great Mortgage Bonds I’d like to sell to you, they are virtually risk free… me, I went to Harvard, the guy who’s idea it was went to Wharton and our manager was top of his class at “insert school.”

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