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The Big 12 released its 2021 conference football schedule on Thursday, and it begins with Baylor playing at Kansas on Sept. 18, leading into a slate of four conference games the following Saturday. The Sept. 25 schedule is highlighted by Steve Sarkisian's first Big 12 game as the new Texas coach against Texas Tech.

Other highlights include the Red River Showdown between Oklahoma and Texas set for Oct. 9 and the Bedlam game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State set for Nov. 27. A couple other games to watch will be the Nov. 6 showdown between Iowa State and Texas and a Nov. 20 showdown between Iowa State and Oklahoma as the Cyclones try and build off their Big 12 title game appearance from 2020.

With coach Matt Campbell recently agreeing to a three-year extension through 2028, Iowa State is poised to continue rising and challenging Oklahoma for supremacy in the league. Campbell's squad beat the Sooners in the regular season this past year before losing the rematch 27-21 in the Big 12 title game. Still, Iowa State went on to defeat Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl to cap a banner year for the program, which is poised to return several key players.

Here's a look at the full slate of Big 12 games during the 2021 season. Note: the nonconference games will be released at a later date.

Week 3

Saturday, Sept. 18
Baylor at Kansas

Week 4

Saturday, Sept. 25

Iowa State at Baylor
Kansas State at Oklahoma State
West Virginia at Oklahoma
Texas Tech at Texas

Week 5

Saturday, Oct. 2
Baylor at Oklahoma State
Kansas at Iowa State
Oklahoma at Kansas State
Texas at TCU
Texas Tech at West Virginia

Week 6

Saturday, Oct. 9
West Virginia at Baylor
Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas)
TCU at Texas Tech

Week 7

Saturday, Oct. 16
Iowa State at Kansas State
Texas Tech at Kansas
TCU at Oklahoma
Oklahoma State at Texas

Week 8

Saturday, Oct. 23
Oklahoma State at Iowa State
Oklahoma at Kansas
Kansas State at Texas Tech
West Virginia at TCU

Week 9

Saturday, Oct. 30
Texas at Baylor
Iowa State at West Virginia
Kansas at Oklahoma State
TCU at Kansas State
Texas Tech at Oklahoma

Week 10

Saturday, Nov. 6
Baylor at TCU
Texas at Iowa State
Kansas State at Kansas
Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Week 11

Saturday, Nov. 13
Oklahoma at Baylor
Iowa State at Texas Tech
Kansas at Texas
West Virginia at Kansas State
TCU at Oklahoma State

Week 12

Saturday, Nov. 20
Baylor at Kansas State
Iowa State at Oklahoma
Kansas at TCU
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
Texas at West Virginia

Week 13

Saturday, Nov. 27
Texas Tech at Baylor
TCU at Iowa State
West Virginia at Kansas
Kansas State at Texas
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

Championship Week

Saturday, Dec. 4

Big 12 Championship Game (Arlington, Texas)