Big 12 by schedule strength according to PFF
The 2022 college football season is so close we can almost taste it. The Oklahoma Sooners held their first practice of fall camp on Friday, which means the home opener against UTEP will be here before we know it.
Brent Venables and the Oklahoma Sooners are looking to open the season strong in a year where expectations remain high after missing the Big 12 championship game in 2021.
The Big 12 looks strong this season. While Oklahoma will be among the league favorites, defending champion Baylor will once again be good on defense, and if they can continue their running game, they will be tough to beat in 2022. The State of L Oklahoma has the most experienced quarterback in Spencer Sanders and, despite losses on defense, should be one of the teams in contention.
Quinn Ewers, one of the less experienced quarterbacks in the Big 12, leaves the Longhorns as wildcard. They should be good offensively again, but that wasn’t necessarily the problem last year. It was the defense.
Add in teams like Kansas State and West Virginia, which could be dark horse contenders, and there are six strong teams that could be in contention through November.
Much of how the 2022 season unfolds could simply come down to programming. The Oklahoma Sooners will face Baylor, Oklahoma State and Kansas State at home. They have the game at a neutral site against Texas and have road games against Nebraska, West Virginia and Iowa State that could prove difficult.
As we prepare for the 2022 season, Pro Football Focus have released their Season Preview (Premium), and that’s how they’ve ranked the Big 12 based on schedule strength.
Non-conference schedule: Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama, UTSA
West Virginia Mountaineers
Non-conference schedule: at Pittsburgh, Towson, at Virginia Tech
Non-conference schedule: Tennessee Tech, Houston, Duke
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Non-conference schedule: Murray State, Houston, at NC State
Kansas State Wildcats
Non-conference schedule: South Dakota, Missouri, Tulane
TCU Horned Frogs
Non-conference schedule: in Colorado, State of Tarleton, at SMU
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Non-conference schedule: Central Michigan, State of Arizona, Arkansas – Pine Bluff
Non-conference schedule: UTEP, Kent State, Nebraska
Non-conference schedule: Albany, at BYU, State of Texas
Iowa State Cyclones
Non-conference schedule: Southeastern Missouri, to Iowa, Ohio