Big 12 Conference releases 2017 football schedules

The Big 12 Conference has released its schedule for the 2017 football season.

For the first time since 2004, the Bedlam game will be played before Thanksgiving, as OSU will host Oklahoma in Boone Pickens Stadium on Nov. 4. Also notable is the return of the Big 12 Championship Game, which will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 2. The Big 12 went away from a championship game format after the 2010 season, but OSU would have earned a spot in that game in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, had it existed. Starting in 2017, it will.

The Oklahoma Sooners open up their conference slate on the road against the Baylor Bears, and head back to Texas two weeks later for the Red River Showdown at the State Fair.

OU's home slate features Iowa State, Texas Tech, TCU, and West Virginia.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State's conference schedule includes dates with Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Kansas State, and Kansas.

Their Big 12 schedule starts with a Sept. 23 date with TCU in Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys are 3-0 against the Horned Frogs in Stillwater since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012. A trip to Lubbock for a Sept. 30 battle with Texas Tech is next. The Cowboys have won in each of their last four trips to Jones AT&T Stadium and have won eight straight over the Red Raiders overall.

An Oct. 7 bye week sets up a four-game stretch of games against Baylor, at Texas, at West Virginia and against Oklahoma. When the Bears visit Boone Pickens Stadium on Oct. 14, the Cowboys will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak in the series. OSU’s trip to Austin on Oct. 21 provides the Pokes with an opportunity for their fifth straight win over the Longhorns on their home field. OSU scored its first-ever win in Morgantown on their last visit to Milan Puskar Stadium in 2015, and will look to make it three straight wins in the series when it clashes with WVU on Oct. 28. The path to the Big 12 championship has run through Bedlam in five of the last seven years and the Nov. 4 battle at Boone Pickens Stadium could once again have title implications.

OSU’s road finale will be played at Iowa State on Nov. 11, when the Cowboys will be hunting for their eighth win in their last nine games played against the Cyclones.

The regular season closes with back-to-back home games against Kansas State on Nov. 18 and against Kansas on Nov. 25. The Cowboys have won five in a row at home against the Wildcats and have won 12 of the last 13 overall against the Jayhawks.

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