The Big 12 announced television information and kickoff times for non-conference and a few conference leagues games on Tuesday. Let’s break it down.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Friday, Aug. 30
Texas Tech at SMU (ESPN), 7 p.m.
North Dakota State at Kansas State (FoxSports1), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31
William & Mary at West Virginia (FS1), 11 a.m. Central
Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State at Houston (ABC & ESPN2), 2:30 p.m.
Louisiana-Monroe at Oklahoma (FSN, PPV), 6 p.m.
Wofford at Baylor (FSN), 6:30 p.m.
New Mexico State at Texas (LHN), 7 p.m.
Northern Iowa at Iowa State (CyclonesTV), 7 p.m.
LSU vs. TCU at Arlington, Tex., (ESPN), 8 p.m.
SEC vs. Big 12 matchups highlight opening weekend. Look for the Cowboys to prevail in Houston and LSU to take care of the Horned Frogs at Cowboys Stadium. TCU has suspended defensive end Devonte Fields, the Big 12’s defensive player of the year, for the first two games.
K-State opens its Big 12 title defense on Friday on a new network, Fox Sports 1, which debuts on Aug. 17. The opponent, North Dakota State, is the two-time defending Football Championship Subdivision (1-AA) championship.
The home games for Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas and Iowa State are part of those schools’ third-tier networks.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Southeast Louisiana at TCU (FSN), 11 a.m.
Oklahoma State at Texas-San Antonio (FS1), 11 a.m.
Buffalo at Baylor (FSN), 2:30 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette at Kansas State (FS1), 5:30 p.m.
West Virginia at Oklahoma (Fox), 6 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech (FSN), 6 p.m.
South Dakota at Kansas (Jayhawk Network) 6 p.m.
Non-conference yuck. The best opponent is Louisiana-Lafayette, which finished 9-4 last season and returns its starting quarterback.
League play begins, and Oklahoma-West Virginia was one of last season’s most interesting matchups with the Sooners prevailing 50-49. Both teams are replacing starting quarterbacks but the Sooners should be a healthy favorite.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Tulsa at Oklahoma (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2), 11 a.m.
Georgia State at West Virginia (Mountaineer Network), 11 a.m., Central
Iowa at Iowa State (FSN), 5 p.m.
Massachusetts at Kansas State (K-StateHD.tv), 6 p.m.
Lamar at Oklahoma State (TBA), 6:30 p.m.
Kansas at Rice (CBS Sports Network), 6:30 p.m.
Mississippi at Texas (LHN) 7 p.m.
Iowa State has won two straight over its in-state rival, both by field-goal margins…Kansas’ 2012 season started going south after losing at home to Rice.
Ole Miss turned in a superb season under new coach Hugh Freeze but took a beating at home by Texas (66-31).
OTHER TV GAMES ANNOUNCED
Saturday, Sept. 21
Texas State at Texas Tech (FSN), 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Iowa State at Tulsa (FS1) 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Texas at Iowa State (ESPN), 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 7
Oklahoma at Baylor (FS1), 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 28
Texas Tech at Texas (FS1), 6:30 p.m.
Blair Kerkhoff, email@example.com