The 12 Great Rivalries Remaining, Renewed And New After The Red River – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Big 12 will have nothing to do with the Red River rivalry on the second Saturday in October once Texas and Oklahoma move to the Southeastern Conference.
But even when passionate crimson and burnt orange fans are split 50-50 at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium during the State Fair of Texas under a different conference logo, there will remain some rivalries in the Big 12, many dating back to well over. a century.
There will even be the renewal of some old feuds, and possibly new ones when Cincinnati, BYU, Central Florida and Houston start the Big 12 over the next two to three seasons. At least Cincinnati and Texas Tech can settle that 10-10 draw they played in 1968 in their only meeting.
A first look at one of the potential new rivalries comes on October 16 when BYU plays a previously scheduled non-conference game at Baylor. It will be the first meeting between the world’s largest Baptist university and the largest Mormon-affiliated school since 1984, when the Cougars won an early-season game en route to their undefeated national championship.
BYU, in its 11th season as a freelance footballer, will play one more season before officially joining the Big 12 in 2023.
Dana Holgorsen, who oversaw West Virginia’s transition from the Big East to the Big 12 a decade ago, could find himself coaching against his former team if he’s still with Houston for his transfer to Cincinnati and UCF from the American Athletic Conference no later than 2024. He left the Mountaineers for the Cougars after the 2018 season.
At least West Virginia has a regional enemy in Cincinnati. These two schools are only about 300 miles apart.
West Virginia, currently the geographic outcast of the Big 12, and Cincinnati played each year from 2005 to 2011 as members of the Big East. Their renewed streak could get more pronounced on the basketball court as long as Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins sticks around. He led the Bearcats from 1989 to 2005.
The Mountaineers have a 16-3-1 series lead on the football field, but those three wins in Cincinnati have come this century, including in 2009 when the Bearcats went 12-1.
Houston was in the former Southwestern Conference from 1976 to 1995, as were past relationships with Baylor, TCU, and Texas Tech.
Texas Tech won its first game this year against Houston in just its fifth meeting since the end of SWC. TCU and Houston also overlapped in Conference USA from 2001-2004 with Cincinnati, but their only other meeting was at the 2007 Texas Bowl.
UCF, an FBS team since 1996, has only played four games against the other eight Big 12 members it will join. The Knights’ only victory was against Big 12 champion Baylor at the Fiesta Bowl in 2014, just before the start of the current four-team college football playoffs and six New Years games.
The current Iowa State Big 12 team have the fewest games against incoming schools, going 4-0 against BYU between 1968-74. Kansas only have six such games, but have won five, including wins over BYU in the 1992 Aloha Bowl and Houston in the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl.
The Jayhawks are part of the most played Big 12 rivalry, with their 118 games and a 64-49-5 lead over Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown which was first played in 1902 and resumes on November 6. the same conferences since 1913, from the Missouri Valley Athletic Association to the Big Six, Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12.
Iowa State has century-old playoffs against both Kansas schools, including the Farmageddon game against K-State which will be played for the 105th consecutive season on October 16. The Cyclones are coming off a 59-7 home victory over Kansas last week in their 101st meeting.
TCU was with BYU in the Western Athletic Conference (1996-98) and Mountain West (2005-10), but the Frogs’ most played opponent is Baylor. They play on November 6 for the 117th time since 1899, with TCU leading 56-53-7 in the game known as Revivalry.
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