The Big 12’s future football schedules are out. Here’s what they mean for OSU

The Big 12’s future football schedules are out. Here’s what they mean for OSU

The Cowboys won't have a conference-designated rivalry like Kansas-Kansas State or BYU-Utah.

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

| Nov 1, 2023, 2:39pm CDT

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

Nov 1, 2023, 2:39pm CDT

Prime Time is coming to Oklahoma State’s 2024 football schedule. But not to Stillwater.

The Big 12 on Wednesday released the opponents and sites for four years of the 16-team conference, which begins next season.

Alas, the OSU-Colorado game will be in Boulder, so no Deion Sanders in Boone Pickens Stadium. Colorado’s next trip to OSU is set for 2026.

The Big 12 adopted a scheduling model that protects four rivalry games annually, but no other matchup will be played every year. No OSU game is included in the annual rivalry list.

The four protected games are Brigham Young-Utah, Arizona State-Arizona, Baylor-TCU and Kansas State-Kansas.

The schools with an annual rival will play four other Big 12 members three times over a four-year period and every other school twice over that span. The schools with no annual rival will play six fellow members three times in the four-year cycle.

OSU’s six rivals that it will play three times in the four-year cycle are Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas and West Virginia.

Here are OSU’s opponents and sites the next four seasons:

2024 

Arizona State (Home)

Utah (Home)

Texas Tech (Home)

West Virginia (Home)

BYU (Away)

Baylor (Away)

Colorado (Away)

TCU (Away)

Kansas State (Away)

2025

Baylor (Home)

Houston (Home)

Kansas State (Home)

Iowa State (Home)

Cincinnati (Home)

Kansas (Away)

UCF (Away)

Arizona (Away)

Texas Tech (Away)

2026

Colorado (Home)

Texas Tech (Home)

Kansas (Home)

UCF (Home)

Arizona State (Away)

Houston (Away)

Kansas State (Away)

Iowa State (Away)

West Virginia (Away)

2027

Arizona (Home)

BYU (Home) 

TCU (Home)

Iowa State (Home)

West Virginia (Home)

Utah (Away)

Baylor (Away)

Kansas (Away)

Cincinnati (Away)

What the schedule means for OSU

* OSU will play five Big 12 road games in 2024 (the Cowboys have five conference home games this season). The home-road conference split will alternate each year, shifting back to five home games in 2025.

Each school in the 16-team conference will play each other at least once home and away over the four years.

* The Big 12 prioritized geography. Old Big Eight members OSU, Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas will play each other at least three times in the four-year cycle. The four Texas members all will play each other at least three times. The five Mountain Time Zone members will play each other at least three times, with the exception of Colorado-BYU.

* The Big 12 members OSU will wait the longest to visit are Cincinnati and Utah; the Cowboys aren’t scheduled at either school until 2027.

* 2023 matchups won’t be repeated at the same stadium. That includes OSU-Arizona State, which was played in Tempe, Arizona, in September as a non-conference game but will be played in Stillwater next season. It will mark the third straight year for the Cowboys and Sun Devils to meet.

*Here are the games for each team that will be played more than twice in the four years:

OSU: 3 each against Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State and West Virginia.

Kansas State: 4 against Kansas, 3 each against Colorado, OSU, Cincinnati and Iowa State.

Kansas: 4 against Kansas State, 3 each against BYU, OSU, Iowa State, Kansas.

Iowa State: 3 against OSU, Kansas, Kansas State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Central Florida.

Arizona: 4 against Arizona State, 3 each against BYU, Utah, Colorado, Houston.

Arizona State: 4 against Arizona, 3 each against BYU, Utah, Colorado, Texas Tech.

BYU: 4 against Utah, 3 each against Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, UCF.

Utah: 4 against BYU, 3 each against Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, TCU.

Colorado: 3 each against Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Houston, Kansas State, UCF.

Texas Tech: 3 each against Arizona State, Baylor, TCU, Houston, OSU, West Virginia.

Baylor: 4 against TCU, 3 each against Texas Tech, Houston, UCF, OSU.

TCU: 4 against Baylor, 3 each against Utah, Texas Tech, Houston, Cincinnati.

Houston: 3 each against Arizona, Colorado, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Cincinnati.

Cincinnati: 3 each against Iowa State, UCF, TCU, Kansas State, West Virginia, Houston.

West Virginia: 3 each against Cincinnati, UCF, OSU, Iowa State, Kansas and Texas Tech.

Central Florida: 3 each against Iowa State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Baylor, Colorado, BYU.

*Here are OSU’s non-conference games scheduled through 2027:

2024

Aug. 31: South Dakota State

Sept. 7: Arkansas

Sept. 14: at Tulsa

2025

Aug. 30: Tennessee-Martin

Sept. 6: at Oregon

Sept. 20: Tulsa

2026

Sept. 5: at Tulsa

Sept. 12: Oregon

Sept. 19: Murray State

2027

Sept. 4: Western Illinois

Sept. 11: at Arkansas

Sept. 18: Tulsa

2028

Sept. 9: Southeastern Louisiana

Sept. 16: at Tulsa

Sept. 23: Alabama

2029

Sept. 15: at Alabama

 (Ben Hutchens and Sam Hutchens contributed to this report.)

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Berry Tramel is a 45-year veteran of Oklahoma journalism, having spent 13 years at the Norman Transcript and 32 years at The Oklahoman. He has been named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel grew up reading four newspapers a day and began his career at age 17. His first assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he’s enjoyed the journey ever since, having covered NBA Finals and Rose Bowls and everything in between. Tramel and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. Tramel can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at [email protected].

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