1. 2021 Big 12 schedule winners and losers
Before the fun gets started, the winners and losers in your 2021 Big 12 football schedule are …
There might be a tough date against BYU, but that’s at home and it’s in the middle of the season. The other two non-conference games are against Texas State and Texas Southern and then the Big 12 season starts at Kansas. That’s the other nice part – there are only three other Big 12 road games.
Oklahoma? In Waco. Texas and Iowa State, also Baylor home games. It’s also one of the few Big 12 teams that doesn’t have to go on the road three times in four weeks and doesn’t have back-to-back road games all year.
Loser: Iowa State
There just aren’t any real breaks outside of early October with the Kansas free space followed up by an off week. However, Northern Iowa should be one of the best teams in the FCS, and going to UNLV is a road trip. Iowa State should win both, but they’ll still require effort around the Iowa game.
Oklahoma is on the road at the end of the second run of three road games in four dates. Texas is at home, but that’s sandwiched in between road trips to West Virginia and Texas Tech.
Winner: Kansas State
Playing Stanford in Arlington, Texas isn’t going to be easy, and Nevada is tough, but Kansas State doesn’t have a true road game in non-conference play, and it has only one away game until October 23rd.
There isn’t a three-road-game-in-four-week thing like most Big 12 teams have, Oklahoma and Iowa State are home games, and the date with the Cyclones comes after an off week.
The non-conference slate isn’t all that bad – Duquesne, Cal, SMU – and the home game agains Texas means the Horned Frogs don’t leave Fort Worth until October 9th, but …
It seems like they’re not at home the rest of the way.
Five of the last eight games are on the road including a run of three road games in four weeks. To make things worse, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Iowa State are all road games.