College Confidential

Big 12 teams usually successful in season openers

As teams from the Big 12 prepare to open their football seasons this week, league members will do so with a career winning percentage of .721 in nonconference play against opponents from other conferences, independents and non-FBS opponents.

All 10 league members begin their seasons in games to be played Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Included is No. 13 TCU’s season opener Saturday against South Dakota State at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth (7 p.m., FSN).

As a group, Big 12 teams have posted winning records against foes from two of the nation’s other four Power 5 conferences: the Big Ten (47-44) and the Pac-12 (50-45). The league has losing marks in intersectional play against opponents from the SEC (26-42) and ACC (35-36), as well as against independents (11-14). But the Big 12 has winning records against foes from the five remaining Division I leagues, as well as non-FBS foes.

During the first weekend of the season, the Big 12 has matchups against three opponents from Power 5 programs: West Virginia-Missouri (SEC), Kansas State-Stanford (Pac-12) and Texas-Notre Dame (independent).

The lone matchup between Top 25 teams will occur Saturday, when No. 3 Oklahoma meets No. 15 Houston at NRG Stadium in Houston (11 a.m., WFAA/Ch. 8) in a battle of defending conference champions. OU won the Big 12 title last season. Houston is the defending champion in the American Athletic Conference. Big 12 teams have a career mark of 66-16 against foes from the American.