The Big 12 conference looks like it could be a pretty competitive league in 2022. Though Baylor was chosen as the favorite in the Big 12 by the media, five teams received first-place votes, and the Oklahoma Sooners came in a close second.
It’s a league that’s deep, providing upset potential throughout the season for the Oklahoma Sooners. Over at Athlon Sports, Steve Lassan took a look at each schedule of the national title contenders to determine what games could be “trap games in 2022.” For the Oklahoma Sooners, Lassan chose the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Nov. 12 at West Virginia: The Big 12 doesn’t have a runaway contender for the league title, and with very little separation in the middle of the conference, expect the middle class to pick off the teams at the top a couple of times in ’22. A trip to Morgantown is never easy, and Oklahoma gets that honor a week after hosting Baylor and a Saturday before the Bedlam showdown versus Oklahoma State. Also of note, games against TCU (week before Texas), Oct. (29) versus Iowa State (before Baylor), and Nov. 26 at Texas Tech (after playing Oklahoma State) certainly fit here too. – Lassan, Athlon Sports
West Virginia’s addition of J.T. Daniels gives the Mountaineers a legit quarterback option if he can stay healthy. With Graham Harrell as his offensive coordinator, Daniels could finally live up to the promise that’s made him one of the more highly sought-after quarterbacks over the last several years.
Going to Morgantown is always a tough road trip, but at the same time, the Oklahoma Sooners haven’t lost to West Virginia since they joined the Big 12 back in 2012. Though they’ve played some tightly contested matchups, Oklahoma’s been able to come out on top with nine straight wins.
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