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Big 12 Newcomer UCF Has Worst P5 Travel Schedule; Who's 2nd in Big 12?

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Big 12 Newcomer UCF Has Worst P5 Travel Schedule; Who's 2nd in Big 12?

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The Big 12 conference is gonna look a whole lot different in 2023. 

So will the travel schedules for its 14 college football teams, with the conference now stretched far and wide thanks to new additions in UCF, BYU, Cincinnati, and Houston. 

While travel has often been an important factor when handicapping point spreads and season-win totals for college football betting, the new-look Big 12 shows how drastically things are changing in a short period of time and how quickly the extra miles could add up. 

Take Big 12 newcomer UCF. The college football odds for the Knights are -175 to go over 6.5 wins on the season and have surpassed that total eight times in the last 11 seasons. But the competition is steeper, and they’ll have to go more than halfway around the world in the process this season. 

How Much Will the Big 12 Teams Travel?

UCF is set to travel 14,914 miles over the course of six road games in 2023, most of any Power 5 team in the country by a wide margin. It begins with a 4,367-mile journey to Boise State in Week 2 and ends with a 2,517-mile road trip at Texas Tech. 

Cincinnati is the shortest trip on the schedule at 1,507 miles, and on average the Knights will travel 2,486 miles per road game – that’s more than the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs will travel the entire season. 


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BYU (12,741 miles) and West Virginia (10,416 miles) are among the three Big 12 teams that will hit the 10K mark on travel miles in 2023, with the Mountaineers making lengthy trips for what will now be regular conference games at Houston (2,213 miles) and UCF (1,541 miles). 

The Cougars will have some particularly tough stretches in the later months and could definitely start to slow down in November – BYU plays at Texas (2,084 miles) and at West Virginia (3,342 miles) in back-to-back weeks Oct. 28-Nov. 4 before hosting Iowa State Nov. 11. 

Three conference title contenders who won’t be feeling the brunt of the new-look schedule yet are Texas (4,147 miles), TCU (3,588 miles), and Kansas State (3,240 miles). The Longhorns won’t have to worry about it anymore once they’re off to the SEC. 

But the Horned Frogs, Wildcats, and other teams across the country will have to adjust to life in a much bigger regional bubble as realignment continues with sketchy geographical lines. 

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Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.