Last week we highlighted which conferences will play one another the most frequently this season, which leads naturally to the question—which leagues won’t face-off in 2014?
Whether its geographic sensibilities, history, or a simple case of avoidance, the following list pinpoints the conferences that either won’t square off in the regular season this year, or those who will meet only once.
These are the league vs. league matchups we’ll have to wait until bowl season to see.
ZERO 2014 MATCHUPS
Big 12 vs. Mountain West
Not only will the Big 12 and Mountain West not meet in 2014, they haven’t squared off in the regular season since 2012 when Texas and Texas Tech both had their way with New Mexico and the Longhorns also beat Wyoming.
Future dates between the two leagues include home-and-away series’ between Iowa State and San Jose State in 2016/2017, Kansas and Hawaii in 2016/2017, Iowa State and UNLV in 2020/2021 and Texas Tech and Wyoming in 2020/2022.
The current members of the Big 12 hold a 221-67-6 (76%) all-time advantage over current MWC members.
Big 12 vs. Sun Belt
The lack of Big 12 teams taking on Sun Belt members in the regular season this year isn’t indicative of the past. Last season featured four meetings between the two leagues, all wins for the Big 12: Baylor-ULM (70-13), Oklahoma-ULM (34-0), Kansas State-UL Lafayette (48-27) and Texas Tech-Texas State (33-7).
Big 12 teams are 63-2 (97%) all-time against Sun Belt programs. The only two wins for the Sun Belt came in 2009 when K-State was upended 17-15 by UL Lafayette and in 2007 when Oklahoma State was upset 41-23 by Troy.
Pac-12 vs. SEC
The Pac-12 vs. SEC drought in 2014 is short-lived, a good thing for college football. The two power leagues met as recently as last season—when Auburn topped Washington State and Tennessee fell to Oregon—and have plenty of future dates on the calendar.
The current SEC holds a 155-110-13 (58%) advantage over the current Pac-12.
SEC vs. Independents
No SEC program has squared off with one of the four current independent teams in the regular season since 2011 when Ole Miss fell to BYU 14-13, South Carolina nipped Navy 24-21 and Vandy took care of Army 44-21.
ONE 2014 MATCHUP
Big 12 vs. Independents
The Longhorns are 1-3 all-time against BYU, all four meetings have been in the regular season with Texas’ only win coming in a 17-16 victory in Austin in 2011. Big 12 members hold a narrow 70-60-1 (54%) all-time advantage over current Independents.
Big 12 vs. Pac-12
Texas and UCLA are 3-3 all-time with all six meetings coming in the regular season. The two last met in Pasadena in 2011, a game the Longhorns won 49-20. Pac-12 members are 331-304-15 (52%) all-time against the Big 12.
Pac-12 vs. Sun Belt
Not only have Washington and Georgia State never faced each other in football, the Huskies have never squared off with an FBS team from the state of Georgia. The Pac-12 is a perfect 11-0 against current members of the Sun Belt.
Pac-12 vs. MAC
The Buffaloes and Minutemen have never met each other on the football field and Colorado is 2-1 all-time against MAC teams. The Pac-12 is 15-3 (83%) all-time vs. MAC programs.
Pac-12 vs. Conference USA
UTSA—which began fielding a football team in 2011—has only ever played a Pac-12 opponent once in its short history, a 38-13 loss to Arizona last season in Tucson. The current Pac-12 is 141-57-7 (70%) all-time against the current C-USA.
Pac-12 vs. American Athletic
The Bruins and Tigers have never met in football and the Pac-12 holds a 54-36 (60%) all-time advantage over teams from the new American Athletic Conference.
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
The Golden Hurricane and Bobcats have never played each other in football but Tulsa is 9-8 (53%) against Sun Belt opponents. The teams that combined to form the American Athletic in 2013 are 111-73-6 (60%) all-time against Sun Belt members.
Mountain West vs. MAC
The Huskies and Rebels have met three times in history, all in the regular season. Northern Illinois is 3-0 against UNLV, the most recent win coming via a 62-14 win in 1995 in DeKalb, Ill. The Mountain West holds a 67-38-2 (64%) all-time advantage against the MAC.