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2012 Big 12 Football Schedule Arrives, Texas And TCU Could Meet On Thanksgiving

This year's Big 12 schedule is actually out now, believe it or not, featuring West Virginia and TCU.

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2012 Big 12 Football Schedule Finally Released In Full

After much turmoil and at least two delays, one of which saw Texas Tech just go ahead and jump the gun (GUNS UP) entirely, the 2012 Big 12 football schedule has finally arrived, featuring the newly Big East-terminated West Virginia Mountaineers and TCU Horned Frogs. This is WVU's first stint in a heartland conference, while TCU has clawed its way back to rejoin many of its former Southwest Conference rivals.

TCU opens at home against the Kansas Jayhawks on Sept. 15, while West Virginia draws the Baylor Bears on Sept. 29. The two new guys play each other on Nov. 3 in Morgantown.

Elsewhere, Baylor and Tech are playing a neutral-siter in Arlington on Nov. 24, and the Red River Shootout Rivalry Shootout between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners is set for Oct. 13. Replacing Texas A&M as Texas' Thanksgiving week rival is TCU.

The complete 2012 Big 12 football schedule:

Week Baylor Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Oklahoma
Sept 15 TCU
Sept 22 at Oklahoma Kansas State
Sept 29 at West Virginia Texas Tech
Oct 6 at TCU at Kansas State Kansas at Texas Tech
Oct 13 TCU Kansas State Oklahoma State at Iowa State vs. Texas *
Oct 20 at Texas at Oklahoma State at Oklahoma at West Virginia Kansas
Oct 27 at Iowa State Baylor Texas Texas Tech
Nov 3 Kansas Oklahoma at Baylor Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Nov 10 at Oklahoma at Texas at Texas Tech at TCU Baylor
Nov 17 Kansas State at Kansas Iowa State at Baylor at West Virginia
Nov 24 vs. Texas Tech ^ West Virginia Oklahoma State
Dec 1 Oklahoma State at West Virginia Texas at TCU
Week Oklahoma State TCU Texas Texas Tech West Virginia
Sept 15 at Kansas
Sept 22
Sept 29 Texas at Oklahoma State at Iowa State Baylor
Oct 6 Iowa State West Virginia Oklahoma at Texas
Oct 13 at Kansas at Baylor vs. Oklahoma * West Virginia at Texas Tech
Oct 20 Iowa State Texas Tech Baylor at TCU Kansas State
Oct 27 TCU at Oklahoma State at Kansas at Kansas State
Nov 3 at Kansas State at West Virginia at Texas Tech Texas TCU
Nov 10 West Virginia Kansas State Iowa State Kansas at Oklahoma State
Nov 17 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Oklahoma
Nov 24 at Oklahoma at Texas TCU vs. Baylor ^ at Iowa State
Dec 1 at Baylor Oklahoma at Kansas State Kansas
* Game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium; Dallas, Texas
^ Game Played at Cowboys Stadium; Arlington, Texas

For more on Big 12 football, browse SB Nation's fine list of college football blogs.


West Virginia's Big East Exit To Be Announced Tuesday, According To Report

By multiple accounts, Valentine's Day is the day for the West Virginia Mountaineers to finally flee the clutches of the Big East for the Big 12. The spurned conference will announce soon that WVU has left and will compete in the Big 12 in 2012-2013, CBS Sports' Brett McMurphy reports. He also reports the Syracuse Orange and Pittsburgh Panthers won't leave early for the ACC.

Regarding that $20 million buyout West Virginia owes the Big East for splitting early, the MetroNews reports $2.5 million has already been paid, along with an interesting structure for the next $10 million:

WVU, however, will get half of that payment from the Big 12, sources say. $5 million will be a direct gift while the remaining $5 million will be returned to the Big 12 in future years by WVU taking a smaller payout from the league.

The remaining $7.5 million could be composed of money that the Big East owed West Virginia anyway, meaning the 'Eers could get out of the deal without having to pay much of anything. See what a little lawyerin' and a little patience can get you?

For more on the Mountaineers fight to leave the Big East, visit The Smoking Musket. For updates on Big East football, basketball and expansion, visit Big East Coast Bias, and stay tuned to our college conference realignment section.

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