Unlike the Big Ten (welcoming Rutgers and Maryland and moving to an East/West divisional format), the ACC (welcoming partial-member Notre Dame) and the SEC (still reconciling whether to play an eight or nine-game league schedule), the Big 12 is something it hasn't been since 2010 - stable. The same 10 teams will play the same nine-game, round robin format that they played in 2012 and 2013.
The Big 12 released its 2014 schedule on Tuesday, which you can view here. Given that we don't really know anything about the conference in this season, thanks to its heavily backloaded schedule, we'll refrain from making anything that could be remotely considered a definitive prediction on how the Big 12 will stack up in 2014. Rather, we'll point out the noteworthy games from the Big 12's 2014 slate.
- The 2014 Big 12 season will open Thursday, Sept. 25 with Texas Tech at Oklahoma State. Thursday nights in Stillwater have typically been memorable affairs, with a 31-28 comeback win over Colorado serving as Brandon Weeden's coming out party, and a 38-35 win over Texas A&M, sealed with a 40-yard field goal as the clock hit triple zeros, in 2010.
- The first conference game in the brand-new Baylor Stadium will take place on Oct. 11 as the Bears host TCU. Baylor will open the stadium on Aug. 30 against SMU.
- For the first time in their three-year Big 12 tenure, West Virginia will avoid road games in back-to-back weeks. The Mountaineers will go on the road Oct. 11 (at Texas Tech), Oct. 25 (at Oklahoma State), Nov. 8 (at Texas) and Nov. 29 (at Iowa State).
- The two biggest Big 12 games on an annual basis, Texas vs. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, are set for Oct. 11 and Dec. 6, although the latter could still change.
- Texas hosts TCU on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27. It will be the third straight year the Longhorns host a Thanksgiving game, following TCU in 2012 and Texas Tech this season, but first time Texas will go head-to-head with Texas A&M. The Aggies will host LSU that same night.
- 2014 will be the first time Texas hasn't played into December since 2010. Following the Thanksgiving game, Texas visited Baylor in 2011, visited Kansas State in 2012 and visits Baylor on Dec. 7 of this year.
Check the full schedule here.