What would your fall look like if you had no restrictions on how you spent your Saturdays? Every Big 12 game is an option to attend in person as you strive to see the best game, find the best game-day atmosphere and tailgating or simply follow your favorite team or player on a weekly basis.
That is the premise of our annual Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip as Jake Trotter, Max Olson and Brandon Chatmon pick one game per week to attend.
We continue the series with Week 12.
Trotter’s pick: Oklahoma at West Virginia
West Virginia has yet to knock off the Sooners since joining the Big 12, but will have a prime opportunity here to do just that. Oklahoma will be making the long trek to Morgantown the week after taking on Baylor.
West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard struggled mightily in Norman last season. This could be a chance for his redemption. And coach Dana Holgorsen's chance for a victory to pin his future on at West Virginia.
Olson’s pick: Oklahoma at West Virginia
I thought the Oklahoma-West Virginia matchup early in the 2015 season would be a close call and potentially an upset. Baker Mayfield and his posse prevailed against a stout WVU defense. I think their meeting in Morgantown this season has that upset potential once again.
That will depend entirely on what WVU is bringing to the table at this juncture. Howard has the weapons around him to put up points. A defense full of new starters will have had ample time to gel. If the Mountaineers get a night kickoff and a raucous crowd, this should be a fun ballgame. And if the Sooners are as good as expected, every late-season game will have seriously high stakes.
Chatmon’s pick: Texas Tech at Iowa State
I definitely want to see Matt Campbell’s version of the Cyclones during his first season in charge. Why not visit Ames, Iowa, the same weekend the Red Raiders take the field at Jack Trice Stadium.
I’ve liked everything Campbell has done at Iowa State thus far and I’m hoping this mid-November matchup will provide a good glimpse at Campbell’s vision for how he wants his teams to play.
Meanwhile, on the opposite sideline, Tech is led by Patrick Mahomes, who is worth the trip and price of admission all on his own. There’s no doubt in my mind Mahomes will continue to be one of the Big 12’s (and the nation’s) top signal-callers and should have solidified his favorite targets by this point in the season.
The previous meeting between these two teams in Ames was a 34-31 Red Raiders victory, and I’m hoping to see another close, competitive game with bowl implications.