Home games are gold.
They aren't a lock, but they are gold.
OSU supposedly had a tough road schedule in 2011, but they managed everything except the part that wasn't supposed to be tough. I'll stop right there before things get smashed and thrown across the room. All this means is that schedule layouts are no guarantee, but they can offer a preseason look at who has the toughest path to the top.
I used 6 separate preseason predictions for the Big 12, including my own and the Big 12 media's. Could have added others, but the outcome is not going to drastically change as the top 6 and bottom 4 are fairly consistent. I included Kansas State because I'm not about to dismiss Snyder.
In order, from preseason easiest to hardest, are the average predicted rankings of the Big 12 road opponents for the predicted top 6 teams in the conference (didn't count OU/UT neutral site game)...
- OSU...average predicted ranking of conference road opponents...6.4
- Kansas State...5.2
- OSU faces only 1 predicted top 5 finisher on the road (Texas). Everyone else faces 2;
- TCU plays 5 road games, vs four for everyone else. Add to that they face OU and OSU on the road (only team in the group that faces both on the road), plus K State (never know what you will get from Snyder in Manhattan);