Fair and balanced Big 12 football schedules

Big 12 Conference administrators and league Directors of Athletics have been sorting through various football schedule scenarios in recent weeks and that process finally ended Thursday.

The result is that a fair and balanced rotation for future schedules was agreed upon and released to the public.

In odd-numbered years, the Cyclones will face Texas, at Baylor, at Missouri, Texas A&M, at Texas Tech, Kansas, at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and at Kansas State. In even-numbered years, the sites change but the order remains the same.

Iowa State will face one of the schools from Oklahoma and Kansas and two (of the four) Texas schools at home every season.

Iowa State will alternate home and away games every week with the exception being the Missouri game. The years that Iowa State plays the Tigers at home, the Cyclones will have back-to-back games in Jack Trice Stadium. In seasons, ISU plays at Columbia there are consecutive road games.

The greatest benefit for the fans and, ultimately, what will strengthen the league is the round robin schedule. Everybody plays everybody every season.

Iowa State fans will see all Big 12 football teams at Jack Trice Stadium within every two-year period. That will positively impact league rivalries going forward. It’s certainly harder to establish rivalries when schools make visits to campuses only once every four years.

Congratulations should be given to league and school officials, who cooperatively navigated this challenge. Big 12 fans are the winners.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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