We're continuing our march across Big 12 country with your dream trek for 2013. Want to see the best of the best in the Big 12 this season? Come along with us.
We don't make the final decisions about where we spend our fall Saturdays, but I'm walking week by week through the 2013 season and forecasting where I'd like to be. Circumstances change as games happen, of course, but here's how I'd project the season. Road nonconference games count. Let's move on with the next week.
Here's the Week 9 schedule across the Big 12:
Texas at TCU
Iowa State at Baylor
West Virginia at Kansas State
Texas Tech at Oklahoma
Oklahoma State at Iowa State
My pick: Texas at TCU
Last year's Thanksgiving game was the moment Texas' comeback attempt in 2012 was officially deemed a failure, but it was an ugly game on both sides. Don't expect this one to be much prettier, with two defenses that should be solid and two teams that love to run the ball. David Ash should face his toughest task of the season against what should be the Big 12's best defense, and most likely its best secondary, led by cornerback Jason Verrett and safeties Elisha Olabode and Sam Carter.
Every year, a handful of games decide the Big 12 title, and this should be one of them. You never know how the race will shape up, but TCU and Texas will both be in contention, and in a wide-open race, just about every game against a Big 12 team in the top half of the league is a must-win. You never know who you'll need that tiebreaker against to punch a sure ticket to the BCS. You know TCU's crowd will be into it. The Frogs' new stadium isn't big, but definitely surprised folks around the Big 12 with the atmosphere it can provide. Last year's win over the Horns was the Frogs' most satisfying of the season, and they'd love to log another one at home, where they went just 0-4 in Big 12 play last season.
If the quarterback matchup ends up being Ash vs. Casey Pachall, it'll be one of the Big 12's best, too. Put it all together, and you've got what should be one of the best matchups of the Big 12 season.
Honorable mention: Texas Tech at Oklahoma