SEC / Big 12 Challenge Matchups Announced

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, May 28th, 2016

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Matchups Announced For Fourth Annual SEC / Big 12 Challenge

Irving, Texas – Eight first-time challenge matchups highlight
the announcement of the schedule for the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge
Presented By Sonic.
For the second straight year, all games in the Challenge will be
played in one day – Saturday, January 28. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will
combine to televise every contest of the fourth annual event matching
every Big 12 squad with 10 members from the Southeastern Conference.
Each league will host five games. In addition, ESPN’s College GameDay
Covered by State Farm will originate from a to be determined site of
one of the day’s games.
The Big 12 is 20-10 (.667) in the Challenge, having won the
series in each of its first three seasons. The Big 12 has posted a
48-30 (.615) record in the last two conference challenge series it has
played (vs. Pac-10, SEC) dating back to 2007.
The Challenge has six teams ranked in the super-early ESPN.com
top 25, including four Big 12 teams – No. 3 Kentucky, No. 4 Kansas,
No. 15 West Virginia, No. 18 Oklahoma, No. 19 Texas A&M and No. 22
Iowa State. Two games will pit ranked squads against each other –
Kansas at Kentucky and Texas A&M at West Virginia.
Saturday, January 28 Matchups
– Baylor at Mississippi
First matchup between the schools since 1970
– Iowa State at Vanderbilt
ISU holds 4-3 series edge, with wins in last two meetings
– Kansas at Kentucky
Jayhawks have won four of last seven meetings
– Kansas State at Tennessee
Teams will play for second time in the past three years
– Florida at Oklahoma
Only meeting was in 1995, when Lon Kruger was UF coach
– Arkansas at Oklahoma State
Cowboys have won nine of the last 10 matchups
– Auburn at TCU
TCU won last matchup, played in 1996
– Texas at Georgia
First meeting since playing in New York City in 2002
– LSU at Texas Tech
Teams have split six all-time meetings
– Texas A&M at West Virginia
WVU won only series meeting with Aggies (2009-10)

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