Gaining Big 12 streaming content for that service allowed ESPN to pay more for these championship games than they would have otherwise. This week, Michael Smith and John Ourand of Sports Business Journal who broke the news of this deal together last week have a detailed breakdown of the deal and how it came togetherand it turns out that the streaming package was a vital part of bridging the gap between what the conference wanted for these games and what ESPN was willing to pay for them: The Big 12 was trying to sell the rights to three college football games — its championship games inand — and ESPN was one of the few media companies that wanted to buy them.
Without further ado, here are five Big 12 games to look forward to that offer solid competition, intriguing storylines and unsung and sometimes untested stars: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State — Jan.
These teams split their season series last season, with each team winning at home. So why choose the Sooners on the road for this must-watch game? The Cowgirls, on the other hand, will be coming off games against Duquesne and Kansas. Kansas State at Kansas — Jan.
But as this matchup appears on this list, you can guess who won of those two wins came against.
Nothing sweeter than a victory… on the road… in Bramlage Coliseum. ToughandTogether pic.
Sure, things could still get worse for Kansas — the option of winning just one or even zero conference games remains. Neither, it seems, is getting at least a few big wins.
Baylor at Texas — Jan. The Longhorns have kept it close in both of their last two home games, as well as their Big 12 Tournament game.
But what will it take for Texas to win its first game against Baylor since — which they won in Waco, no less? Consistency, for one: The Longhorns return four players who started 10 or more games, two of whom scored in double figures against the Lady Bears in their last game in Austin.
West Virginia at Texas — Feb. But the circumstances of those wins, and the current similarities between these teams, suggest a battle in After the dust settled, the Longhorns ended up third in the Big 12 standings, with the Mountaineers just a game back in fourth.
Both teams lost a major contributor from last season, retain a star and add a five-star recruit. They should stay close in the Big 12 standings this season, but importantly, West Virginia seems have its best chance to grab wins against Texas in consecutive seasons — even on the road.
But in case you want to prepare for this by watching West Virginia at home first, they host Texas on Jan.
ET, FSN. Baylor at Iowa State — March 8 at 1 p. Will Baylor have already steamrolled through the conference and just need this game to wrap up another undefeated campaign? Could the Cyclones find themselves in position to grab the No.
Six months and an entire season out, all we have now is speculation.