4th Conference up, is the often ignored and regularly disrespected, Big 12!
There are ten (10) Football Bowl Subdivision Conferences (AAC, ACC, Big12, Big Ten, C-USA, MAC, MWC, PAC 12, SBC, & SEC) and only two have organized themselves without divisions, the AAC (American Athletic Conference) the the Big 12 (B-12)
In 2010, here is a list of the teams that comprised the B-12: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, & Texas Tech. One year later (2011), the B-12 had gone from 12 members to 10 universities, as Nebraska left for the B-10 & Colorado headed west to begin play in what would become the PAC 12 (Utah from the Mountain West Conference also joined what was then known as the PAC 10)! The B-12 kept their marketing name (even though they had 10 not 12 conference programs) and did away with divisions, organizing themselves as one conference, where they played a round robin schedule (every team in the league played every other team!
Then in 2012, Texas A&M & Missouri left the Big 12 conference and joined the Southeastern Conference. The B-12 did not want to be left with eight (8) teams, so they invited Texas Christian University (TCU) and West Virginia to join their ranks. TCU & West Virginia began playing in the B-12 in 2012, both teams finished that season with identical records, 4-5 in conference play and 7-6 overall!
In 2021, came the shocker, Texas & Oklahoma, the bluebloods of the conference, announced they would be leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference beginning July 1 of 2025! The Big 12 response was quick, they offered Cincinnati, Houston, Central Florida (all from the AAC) and the nations 2nd best Independent, BYU, an opportunity for membership in the Big 12. All four (4) accepted the offer and will begin playing in the conference no later than the 2024-25 academic year!
The Big 12 will be returning to divisional play in 2024 and once again, have 12 members, for the 1st time since 2010!
On Sully’s College Football Page, we use a system of color coding to make the reading of a particular team’s, strength of schedule, easily recognized and understood!
The color Red is used to identify conference games, Yellow, for Power Five (P5) opponents, Green, to signify Group of Five (G5) teams, and finally, we use Light Blue for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The FCS can offer up to 63 scholarship (not more than 63, yet can offer fewer), while the Football Bowl Subdivision ( P5 & G5) must provide 85 scholarships or lose their status as an FBS program!
In should be noted, the terms P5 & G5 are not NCAA language, but rather the constructs of five conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC 12, & SEC) and Notre Dame! No one is quiet sure of the origin of these terms, Power Five & Group of Five, they seem to have evolved over time, suffice to say, they are not NCAA Terms!
The link provided below will take you to Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) featuring the Big 12’s 2022 schedule information!
All that said: the Big 12 (the current B-12) plays 30 Non-Conference games and in 2022, 11 of the tilts are vs Power Five program, 11 vs G5s & 7 vs FCS teams for a total of 29 NC games. Baylor has yet to schedule a 3rd NC Game, since they play BYU on the road, look for them to schedule a weak G5 program or an FCS opponent. When they do so, the B-12 will have reached its allotted 30 game NC total!
Big 12 vs Power Five (P5) opponents, Baylor heads to Provo to take on BYU, Iowa State meanders east to Iowa City to do battle with in-state rival, Iowa, while Kansas hosts’ Duke on Sept. 24th. Kansas State resumes its border war, in Little Manhattan, vs Missouri, Oklahoma kicks it off vs an old Big Eight rival, Nebraska, at Husker’s Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma State, welcomes a PAC 12 opponent, Arizona State to Stillwater, OK, TCU lines in up against Colorado in Boulder, CO @ Folsom Field. Texas plays host to mighty Alabama, on Sept 10th, Texas Tech heads east to battle an ACC program, NC State, @ Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC and finally, West Virginia takes on two (2) Power 5’s (ACC teams), both on the road, Pitt, in the ‘Backyard Brawl’ and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA, @ Lane Stadium.
The Big 12 Conference plays a G5 opponent on eleven (11) dates and have schedule seven (7) FCS teams! Baylor has one game, yet, to schedule, a G5 or FCS program are far and away the most likely Candidate!
The Big 12’s schedule breakdown is 30 NC games, 11 vs P5, 11 against G5s and 7 games vs an FCS squad! Every team in the League plays, at least, one (1) P5, one (1) G5, and seven teams in the conference have schedule an FCS opponent. OU & Texas do not play an FCS program in 2022 and Baylor has one game to schedule for the coming season.
The Big 12 Conference plays 9 conference games and 3 Non-Conference (NC) games to reach their allotted regular season 12 game total. As a result, the conference has to schedules 30 NC games (10 teams X 3 NC Games = 30) to reach their conference total of 120 games (90 conference games + 30 NC tilts = 120 total games in the B-12).
The Big 12 plays 11 P5 opponents; none of these games will be played at a neutral site, four (4) will be contested in B-12 Arenas, & seven (7) of these games will be played as true road games! Of the seven (7) road games (three (3) will be contested on ACC fields, one (1) in an Independent Stadium (BYU’s Lavell Edwards Stadium), two (2) in Big Ten Houses, & One (1) in PAC 12 territory)!
The League plays 11 G5 and 7 FCS all @ home, except for TCU, who plays @ SMU, some likely hurt feelings with the Mustangs, in that, the B-12 did not offer an invite to the Dallas-based team, an old Southwest Conference member, during the latest realignment? While Kansas travels to Houston to take on a future B-12 opponent!
The 2022 B-12 Non-Conference season looks like this, 30 NC games, 20 are home contests, 9 are road battles, & one (1) team & site to be determined!