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Big XII Announces 2012 Football Schedules, West Virginia Included.

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WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03:  Floyd Casey Stadium during a game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Longhorns on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03: Floyd Casey Stadium during a game between the Baylor Bears and the Texas Longhorns on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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I was knee-deep in writing today's DBR when the news that was supposed to come down at 11 broke early: with the resolution of the West Virginia-Big East lawsuit in the past week or so, the Big XII has finalized its entire slate of 2012 football schedules for the again 10-team football conference. For those interested, here is a link to the entire conference schedule.

Because I know that's not what you came here for, here is Baylor's portion; Baylor plays 6 home games next season, 5 road games, and one neutral site game against Texas Tech in Cowboys Stadium.

Sept. 1 -- vs. SMU

Sept. 8 -- Off

Sept. 15 -- vs. Sam Houston State (FCS)

Sept. 22 -- @ Louisiana-Monroe (this game was originally scheduled for the last week in August and had to be moved)

Sept. 29 -- @ West Virginia (first time in school history)

Oct. 6 -- Off

Oct. 13 -- vs. TCU (they're taking A&M's schedule, it appears)

Oct. 20 -- @ Texas

Oct. 27 -- @ Iowa State

Nov. 3 -- vs. Kansas

Nov. 10 -- @ Oklahoma

Nov. 17 -- vs. Kansas State

Nov. 24 -- vs. Texas Tech (in Arlington)

Dec. 1 -- vs. Oklahoma State

We'll talk more in the future about how this schedule sets up for us, but I have a few thoughts below the jump:

  • Don't like going to WV for our first conference game or having to play @ ULM. We must not have been able to find anyone for that spot.
  • I like having a bye week before the TCU game and getting them early in the season. They're typically a better team, particularly on defense, the later you play them.
  • Way too early predictions-- Should Wins: vs. SMU, vs. Sam Houston, @ ULM, vs. Kansas; Could Wins: vs. TCU, vs. Kansas State, @ Iowa State; vs. Texas Tech; Probable Losses: @ WV, vs. Oklahoma State, @ Texas; Definite Losses: @ Oklahoma.
  • I'll admit it: it looks weird to see that schedule without A&M on it.

Thoughts?