Big 12 football: The box for a BYU scheduling alliance

A BYU partnership with a Big 12? Why not?  (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps, File)

I’m in a routine of compiling my annual list of a Big 12 football games, ranking them one by 75. we once did one by 96, yet going from 12 to 10 members cost a joining 21 games.

That ranking is designed for a Sunday Oklahoman.

I’m also in a routine of doing a garland of interviews with outlets in a state of Utah, that are all dismissed adult about a new Brigham Young talk. BYU manager Bronco Mendenhall fundamentally politicked to join a Big 12, and wrote a few pieces about it.

One thing I’m revelation a friends in Utah is that a Big 12/BYU scheduling fondness could be a good thing, for dual reasons:

1. Get to know one another. We had some shotgun weddings in discussion realignment. Missouri/SEC being many prominent. It’s been OK for Mizzou so distant and maybe it will stay that way. But a kinship of dual mostly unknown entities is not a good idea.

If a Big 12 ever considers enlargement again, a some-more it knows about BYU, a better. And clamp versa.

Regular games relating BYU and Big 12 foes would capacitate a discussion administration and any school’s officials to learn some-more about any other. There can’t be any downside to that.

2.  It would give a Big 12 some-more good games. BYU-Texas Tech instead of Tech-UTEP. BYU-OSU instead of OSU-UTSA. BYU-Baylor instead of Baylor-Buffalo.

Scheduling can be an strident problem. While a nine-game discussion report gives a Big 12’s radio networks a lot of good from that to pick, a 10-school format can tying during times. With many schools personification usually one, during best, marquee competition in a non-conference, there are some hideous Saturdays.

Let’s take a demeanour during any Saturday this tumble and what kind of radio is offering by a Big 12:

Aug. 30: OSU-Florida State and West Virginia-Alabama are neutral site games that will pull eyeballs. Texas-North Texas substantially is third on a list. So that’s fine.

Sept. 6: Iowa State-Kansas State kicks off a discussion apportionment of a schedule, and Texas hosts BYU, so that’s another decent Saturday. OU-Tulsa (a telecast tranquil by a American Athletic Conference) and Tech-UTEP are next.

Sept. 13: OU-Tennessee is a big-brand game. Iowa State-Iowa is plain (though a Big Ten owns that one, played in Iowa City). Tech-Arkansas is good. So is Texas-UCLA in Arlington. TCU-Minnesota. Kansas-Duke, West Virginia-Maryland (though a latter dual are ACC-controlled).

Sept. 20: A wasteland. Kansas State hosts Auburn on Sept. 18, a Thursday night ESPN telecast. The usually games on Saturday are OU-West Virginia and Kansas-Central Michigan. A practical bye week.

Sept. 27: OSU-Tech is played on Sept. 25, a Thursday ESPN game, and that Saturday is so-so – Baylor-Iowa State, Kansas-Texas, TCU-SMU and Kansas State-UTEP.

Oct. 4: Five discussion games, so that’s great.

Oct. 11: Four discussion games, and Iowa State-Toledo, so that’s fine.

Oct. 18: Five discussion games.

Oct. 25: Three conferences games. OSU-West Virginia, TCU-Tech, Kansas State-Texas, so that substantially will be all right.

Nov. 1: Five discussion games.

Nov. 8: Four conferences games.

Nov. 15: Three conferences games, so it’s dicey again – OSU-Texas, TCU-Kansas, OU-Tech.

Nov. 22: Kansas State and West Virginia are personification on Thursday, Nov. 20, so a Saturday is left with only 3 joining games – OSU-Baylor, OU-Kansas, Tech-Iowa State. So substantially workable.

Nov. 29: Texas-TCU is Thanksgiving night, that leaves a Saturday for Kansas State-Kansas, Tech-Baylor and Iowa State-West Virginia. Could be a problem.

Dec. 6: Three discussion games – Baylor-Kansas State, TCU-Iowa State and Bedlam.

So a Big 12 has one awful Saturday and a few potentially broken Saturdays. That’s not expected to occur in a 12-team league.

Add Brigham Young as some kind of scheduling partner, and it would help.

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