The Big 12’s 10 Best Non-Conference Games Of The 2022 Football Season

Part of the anticipation of a new college football season is the build up around non-conference games. Many of them can provide a bowl like atmosphere and some will pit ole foes and rivalries together for the first time in a long time. Then there’s the flagship gridiron battles where Blue Blood programs, current and past, battle it out for pride and self preservation. There’s no shortage of any of those type of scenarios as the Big 12 gets ready to kickoff the season in just over three weeks. Here are the Top 10 non-conference games for the Big 12 in 2022.

10. September 10 | Houston @ Texas Tech

The future of the Big 12 in now as these two battle it out in the Lone Star State. This is one of two games that will feature the future of the Big 12 Conference. In 2021 the Red Raiders took down the Cougars by a final of 38-21 in a game that was played at NRG Stadium. Now Tech gets Dana Holgorsen and crew in Lubbock for a game that should feature a lot of points going up on the scoreboard.

9. September 24 | TCU @ SMU

Local pride takes center stage as these two square off in Dallas for some Metroplex bragging rights. This game is also huge for Sonny Dykes and Rhett Lashlee as they take over at the helm of the TCU and SMU programs.

8. September 2 | TCU @ Colorado

TCU makes its second appearance on our list as the Frogs will be on the road for two crucial road games during the non-conference portion of the season. Before riding the bus over to Dallas from Ft. Worth, TCU will travel west to play Colorado in a game that is crucial to either pressure mounting or easing up on Buffs head coach Karl Dorrell. In the offseason Dorrell replaced six assistant coaches in a effort to rebound from a disappointing 2021 season. They’ll be tested right out of the gate to start the 2021 season.

7. September 10 | Baylor @ BYU

Here’s our second preview of the Big 12’s future and it’s going to be a good one. The defending Big 12 champs take their show on the road against a Cougar squad that is looking to build off of their 10-3 season in 2021.

6. September 22 | West Virginia @ Virginia Tech

West Virginia finally kept the Black Diamond Trophy at home in Morgantown when a goal line stand by the Mountaineer defense preserved a 27-21 win over the Hokies last year. Now they’ll try to bring it back to Morgantown after an early season visit to Blacksburg.

5. September 10 | Arizona State @ Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State won with defense in 2021. Now, after losing six of their eight top tacklers, they’ll have to prove that it wasn’t a one-off type season. Glenn Thomas has taken over as the new offensive coordinator for the Sun Devils and you can bank on him using dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones to keep the newly overhauled Cowboy defense honest.

4. September 10 | Missouri @ Kansas State

Forget the new Big 12! This has all of the nostalgia of the old days when the Wildcats and Tigers were conference foes. I’m here for it! Adrian Martinez and Deuce Vaughn will test out the 2022 version of the Wildcat offense against the schemes of new Tiger defensive coordinator Blake Baker.

3. September 1 | West Virginia @ Pitt

With transfer quarterback JT Daniels at the helm, the Mountaineers could be the dark horse in the Big 12 championship race in 2022. September 1st will tell us a lot about whether that’s true or not.

2. September 17 | Oklahoma @ Nebraska

Simply put…it’s one of the greatest rivalries in college football history. It may only be renewed for a short time but it’s sure to be special.

10. September 10 | Alabama @ Texas

This probably won’t be the best X’s & O’s, or Jimmy’s & Joe’s, match up of the Big 12’s non-conference slate but when it comes to logos and television revenue it’ll be one of the top-rated non-conference games in the nation. For that reason alone it grabs our #1 spot, but the Steve Sarkisian vs. Nick Saban matchup provides us an added bonus.

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