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Big 12 Faces Tough Non-conference Foes In 2014
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Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

The 2014 college football season is on the clock. Big 12 Conference fans can start looking forward to a nonconference schedule that a semi-trailer carrying saltine crackers.

The 30 non-league opponents combined to go 211-168 this past season and 11 of the 22 FBS opponents went to bowl games. Oklahoma State will play defending national champion Florida State while Kansas State will take on runner up Auburn.

Two Big 12 teams will face FCS teams that played for the national championship last Saturday. Iowa State faces three-time defending national champion North Dakota State while West Virginia faces Towson, the team that lost in the FCS title game.

Texas and first-year coach Charlie Strong will face three teams that played in bowl games – North Texas, BYU and UCLA.

Here’s the list on nonconference opponents with their 2013 records; numbers in parentheses is the combined won-loss total of the opponents.

Baylor (19-18)
SMU 5-7
Northwestern State* 6-6
Buffalo 8-5 (bowl)

Iowa State (30-10)
North Dakota State* 15-0
Iowa  8-5 (bowl)
Toledo 7-5

Kansas (19-19)
Southeast Missouri State* 3-9
Duke 10-4 (bowl)
Central Michigan 6-6

Kansas State (17-21)
Stephen F. Austin* 3-9
Auburn 12-2 (bowl)
UTEP 2-10

Oklahoma (12-24)
Louisiana Tech 4-8
Tennessee 5-7
Tulsa 3-9

Oklahoma State (26-12)
Florida State 14-0 (bowl)
Missouri State* 5-7
UT-San Antonio 7-5

TCU (21-17)
Samford* 8-5
Minnesota 8-5 (bowl)
SMU 5-7

Texas 27-12
North Texas 9-4 (bowl)
BYU 8-5 (bowl)
UCLA 10-3 (bowl)

Texas Tech (12-24)
Central Arkansas* 7-5
UTEP 2-10
Arkansas 3-9

West Virginia (31-11)
Alabama 11-2 (bowl)
Towson* 13-3
Maryland 7-6 (bowl)

* - Football Championship Series team.

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