Some of the top players in the Big 12 this year are (clockwise, starting from top left) Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, Baylor's Seth Russell, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, Texas' Malik Jefferson, TCU's Josh Carraway, Baylor's KD Cannon, Okahoma's Samaje Perine and Oklahoma State's James Washington.

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Nine games to go: Texas begins its Big 12 journey

Posted September 24th, 2016

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Texas (2-1) opens its Big 12 schedule on Oct. 1, at Oklahoma State.

Here’s how the Longhorns have fared in the Big 12 in recent years, going back to the 2010 season:

2010: 2-6, last in the Southern division

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2011: 4-5, tied for 6th

2012: 5-4, tied for 3rd

2013: 7-2, tied for 3rd

2014: 5-4, tied for 4th

2015: 4-5, tied for 5th

Here’s Texas’ upcoming road through the Big 12:

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph gets ready to throw against Texas in last year's win at Royal-Memorial Stadium. (Shelby Tauber/AMERICAN)-STATESMAN
Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph gets ready to throw against Texas in last year’s win at Royal-Memorial Stadium. (Shelby Tauber/AMERICAN)-STATESMAN

Oct. 1: at Oklahoma State

Texas’ last game had the Longhorns going up against the country’s No. 2-rated passer and the No. 1-rated receiver. And the next game will have them going against one of the Big 12’s best passers (Mason Rudolph, 71-114-1,017, 6/1) and receivers (James Washington, 19-399-3). The Cowboys were ranked 21st in the country heading into the season, dropped to No. 22 after their first game and then fell out of the poll after their 30-27 home loss to Central Michigan. They rank ninth nationally in passing and are tied for 14th in scoring (44.3) but average only 25 minutes, 52 seconds in time of possession, which ranks 114th, and are giving up 382.7 yards per game, which ranks 69th. And the running game, which has struggled in recent seasons, is anemic again — 98 yards per game, or 119th nationally.

Last year: OSU 30, Texas 27

Last five matchups: OSU, 3-2

The Oklahoma Sooners, after getting bounced from last year's CFP semifinals by Clemson, are aiming for a return trip to football's Final Four in 2016. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)
The Oklahoma Sooners, after getting bounced from last year’s CFP semifinals by Clemson, are aiming for a return trip to football’s Final Four in 2016. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oct. 8: Oklahoma (Dallas)

Remember when OU was being pegged for a second straight College Football Playoff appearance? Not anymore. The Sooners began the season at No. 3, tumbled to 14th after the opening-week loss to Houston and are now 25th — one of two Top 25 teams with a losing record (No. 23 Ole Miss is the other) — after last week’s home loss to Ohio State. Baker Mayfield (55-85-793, 7/2) is getting off to a slower than expected start, but Joe Mixon is fourth in the conference in rushing (29-235-1) and first in all-purpose yardage (181.7 yards per game). Texas has played Oklahoma tough in recent years, nearly upsetting the Sooners in Charlie Strong’s first season and obviously upsetting them last year. It was OU’s lone loss of the season before falling to Clemson in the CFP semifinals.

Last year: Texas 24, OU 17

Last five matchups: OU, 3-2

Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard pulls in a reception over safety Nick Orr of TCU in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. (David Purdy/Getty Images)
Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard pulls in a reception over safety Nick Orr of TCU in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. (David Purdy/Getty Images)

Oct. 15: Iowa State (DKR)

Remember Ames! That should be Texas’ mindset for this game, which will fall 35 days after the Longhorns’ previous game at Royal-Memorial Stadium. The Cyclones’ shutout win over Texas on Halloween last year ranks as one of the lowest performances, if not the lowest, in the Strong era. The Cyclones are struggling offensively (115th in total offense, 115th in rushing, 77th in passing, 123rd in scoring) and defensively (110th in points allowed, tied for 95th in total defense, 105th against the run).

Last year: Iowa State 24, Texas 0

Last five matchups: Texas, 4-1

Kansas State Wildcats defenders converge to make a tackle for loss against Dominique Reed #87 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on January 2, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kansas State Wildcats defenders converge to make a tackle for loss against Dominique Reed #87 of the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first half of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on January 2, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Oct. 22: at Kansas State

Texas’ struggles in Manhattan are well-documented — the Longhorns have lost six of the seven games they’ve played there and haven’t won at Kansas State since 2002. Texas’ last trip there ended in a 23-0 shutout loss. The Wildcats’ defense, through two games, ranked No. 5 in the country after the team fell to Stanford and beat Florida Atlantic. Junior linebacker Elijah Lee is one of the Big 12’s top tacklers.

Last year: Texas 23, Kansas State 9

Last five matchups: Kansas State, 3-2

Baylor quarterback Chris Johnson loses a fumble after a hits from Texas defenders Duke Thomas and P.J. Locke III. Texas recovered for a turnover and Johnson left the game with an injury and at McLain Stadium, Dec. 5, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Baylor quarterback Chris Johnson loses a fumble after a hits from Texas defenders Duke Thomas and P.J. Locke III. Texas recovered for a turnover and Johnson left the game with an injury and at McLain Stadium, Dec. 5, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Oct. 29: Baylor (DKR)

Expectations for Baylor, which had gone 32-7 the past three years, were lowered after the offseason scandal and subsequent departures of head coach Art Briles and several highly regarded freshman signees. But the Bears were 3-0 before Saturday’s conference opener with Oklahoma State (with wins over lightly regarded Northwestern State, SMU and Rice) and have improved from No. 23 nationally to No. 16. Not surprisingly, KD Cannon is one of the league’s best receivers (24-352-4). The Bears still have offensive weapons, including Cannon, and rank in the national top 10 in total offense and rushing, but also in the top 10 in total defense, pass defense and scoring defense heading into this weekend.

Last year: Texas 23, Baylor 17

Last five matchups: Baylor, 3-2

Texas's defense sacks quarterback Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Texas’s defense sacks quarterback Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech during the first half at Royal Memorial Stadium on Thursday, November 26, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Nov. 5: at Texas Tech

On a schedule peppered with top quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes rules them all. He’s already thrown for 1,493 yards and 14 TDs against only two picks. And don’t forget what he did to Texas last year, passing for 372 yards and two touchdowns to offset Chris Warren III’s big 276-yard rushing night. The Red Raiders are averaging 61 points a game, 15 points better than anyone else in the league.

Last year: Texas Tech 48, Texas 45

Last five matchups: Texas, 4-1

West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) looks to pass as Arizona State defensive lineman JoJo Wicker (1) pursues during the second half of the Cactus Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) looks to pass as Arizona State defensive lineman JoJo Wicker (1) pursues during the second half of the Cactus Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Nov. 12: West Virginia (DKR)

The Mountaineers took a 2-0 record into Saturday’s game against BYU, which included a season-opening win over Missouri. Quarterback Skyler Howard trailed only Mahomes, TCU’s Kenny Hill and Rudolph in passing among Big 12 quarterbacks, averaging 321 yards per game, and Rushel Shell (32-174-1) is averaging 87 rushing yards per game.

Last year: West Virginia 38, Texas 20

Last five matchups: West Virginia, 3-2

Painted fans of the University of Kansas watch the game against Texas Tech in the first half at Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2004 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Painted fans of the University of Kansas watch the game against Texas Tech in the first half at Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2004 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Nov. 19: at Kansas

This still is shaping up to be Texas’ easiest game of the year; the Jayhawks were 0-12 in David Beaty’s first season, including a 59-20 loss at DKR. Over the past seven years, Kansas went 4-57 in conference games. So far, statistically, there hasn’t been much to brag about.

Last year: Texas 59, Kansas 20

Last five matchups: Texas, 5-0

TCU running back Kyle Hicks rushes the football against linebacker Jared Brackens #14 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the Big 12 college football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs defeated the Cyclones 55-3. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TCU running back Kyle Hicks rushes the football against linebacker Jared Brackens #14 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the Big 12 college football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs defeated the Cyclones 55-3. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nov. 25: TCU (DKR)

Another Big 12 power that’s experiencing a 2016 drop. TCU was ranked 13th to open the season, fell to 15th after the first week and then dropped out altogether after a 41-38 loss to Arkansas. Still, the Horned Frogs are 2-1 after starting conference play with a 41-20 win over Iowa State. Texas A&M transfer quarterback Kenny Hill (88-135-1,035, 4/3) is one of three Big 12 passers with more than 1,000 yards. Linebacker Sammy Douglas is the Big 12’s leading tackler, with 25 stops. And defensive tackle Aaron Curry’s 2½ sacks lead the conference too. This year’s game falls on the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. Whether that name spreads from shopping to Texas football, we’ll have to wait and see.

Last year: TCU 50, Texas 7

Last five matchups: TCU, 2-3

After three games, here’s Texas’ top …

Rusher: D’Onta Foreman (45 carries for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Passer: Shane Buechele (57 of 86 for 720 yards, with 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions)

Receiver: Jacorey Warrick (13 catches for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns)

Scorer: Kicker Trent Domingue (30 points)

Tackler: Linebacker Anthony Wheeler (22 tackles)

Sackers: Defensive end Breckyn Hager, safety Kevin Vaccaro and outside linebacker Malcolm Roach, all with 2 sacks.

 

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