May 24, 2016
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.
2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge – Saturday, January 28
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)