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 how the Week 5 schedule in the Big 12 looks:
Iowa State at Tulsa
TCU vs. SMU
Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Oklahoma at Notre Dame
My pick: Oklahoma at Notre Dame
A lot of good games this week in the Big 12, but this one has no competition. Notre Dame should be salty once again, less than a year after knocking off the Sooners in Norman to keep its run to the national title game rolling. Colleague Mark Schlabach has Notre Dame at No. 9 in his Too-Early top 25, but this matchup is all about the ambience.
The Irish have tough matchups against Michigan and Michigan State before hosting the Sooners. As someone who's been to the storied stadium in South Bend only once on a random July morning, I'd love to take a trip north and see a game at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time. The history there is palpable, and getting to experience it in person would certainly be special.
It'll be a heck of a game, too. Oklahoma gets a week off before it faces the Irish, but would need to knock off West Virginia in Norman and beat Tulsa on the road to be undefeated. If Notre Dame survives, too, both teams might be in the top 10 when this game kicks off.
Hard to beat a matchup between two top 10 teams on any ultimate road trip relating to college football. There are only so many of those games. Let's hope this is one of them.