Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Rating the Non-Conference Slate, Part 4: Big XII

Today's rankings will example the Big XII conference. Short and sweet because I'll also discuss the NCAA title game and the Braves' opener.

So, here we go for the Big XII:
  1. Colorado (3 legit, 0 DI-AA): Colorado State, @Arizona State, Florida State, Miami (OH). CSU and CU is a huge rivalry game and will be played at a neutral site this year. Add that and FSU to a road game at a BCS conference team and you probably have one of the Big 12's best non-conference slates. While others have 1 really good name, CU has 3 decent ones and no I-AA teams.
  2. Nebraska (2, 0): Nevada, @Wake Forest, Southern Cal, Ball State. You could certainly schedule worse mid-majors than Nevada. Surprising road game @Wake, but between that and their game at @USC last year they've shown a willingness to travel for intra-BCS games. USC completing the home-and-home also helps.
  3. Missouri (2, 1): Illinois, @Mississippi, Western Michigan, Illinois State. Game against Illinois is in Kansas City, so probably not much of a neutral site. @Ole Miss earns some brownie points, but the fact they're ranked here speaks more to the quality of the rest of the schedules in this conference.
  4. Kansas State (1, 1): @Auburn, San Jose State, Missouri State, @Fresno State. Apparently this is a response an oft-repeated criticism of KSU scheduling soft opponents. I don't think they counted on Fresno going 4-8 last year, though. @Auburn is the highlight here.
  5. Oklahoma State (1, 1): @Georgia, Florida Atlantic, @Troy, Sam Houston State. It boggles the mind that any Big 12 team would on the road to Troy after the Missouri game a few years back. KSU gets the nod, however, for going to Auburn over UGA.
  6. Texas A&M (1, 1): Montana State, Fresno State, UL-Monroe, @Miami (FL). Once again, shame about Fresno going 4-8 last year, otherwise this looks significantly better.
  7. Oklahoma (1, 0): North Texas, Miami (FL), Utah State, @Tulsa. I suspect Tulsa is having record season ticket sales this year. Just a hunch.
  8. Iowa State (1, 1): Kent State, Northern Iowa, Iowa, @Toledo. 2 MAC teams and 2 in-state rivals. Not much to get excited about here, which is probably also applicable to ISU's season as a whole.
  9. Texas Tech (0, 1): Southern Methodist, Texas-El Paso, @Rice, Northwestern State. TTU hits the old Southwest Conference circuit and will probably be the most well-attended at Rice Stadium (capacity: 70,000) in a long time.
  10. Texas (0, 0): Arkansas State, Texas Christian, @Central Florida, Rice. Nothing much to see here, yes, Arkansas State is DI-A....wait, hold on. @Central Florida? How on Earth did that happen? Did Texas schedule a 4 for 1 deal?
  11. Baylor (0, 1): @Texas Christian, Rice, Texas State, @Buffalo. @Buffalo, eh? I guess they wanted a break from the Texas heat.
  12. Kansas (0, 1): Central Michigan, Southeast Louisiana, Toledo, Florida International. I don't really even have anything witty to say about this schedule, and I can't think of a good Mangino joke. Alas.
Don't forget to check out our next installment as we investigate that haven of round-robin scheduling, the Pac-10.

2 comments:

Philip said...

Missouri (2, 1): Illinois, @Mississippi, Western Michigan, Illinois State. Game against Illinois is in Kansas City, so probably not much of a neutral site. @Ole Miss earns some brownie points, but the fact they're ranked here speaks more to the quality of the rest of the schedules in this conference.

You are aware that Ole Miss is fricking terrible, yes? For my money one trip to Auburn or Georgia beats games against both a bad SEC team and a bad BT team.

Also, StubHub indicates the MU-UI game is in Saint Louis. Makes sense, with STL being on the Illinois border, and they've played there before.

asimperson said...

Indeed, it is in St. Louis - they do have 2 games in Kansas City (their conference games versus Kansas and Kansas State, appropriately enough).

And, yes, Ole Miss is terrible. In retrospect they could easily slide down to 6th and 7th.