Crisp October Saturdays are meant for college football. And with 12 teams getting deeper into the season, the games are becoming more meaningful.
It’s no different in the Big 12. Here’s a quick viewers guide on the upcoming week, with all kickoff teams in ET.
4-star games (Certifiable appointment viewing)
No. 11 Oklahoma State at No. 22 West Virginia (noon, ABC) – Both teams had some luck on the road Saturday to keep their winning streaks alive. The series between them is tied at 4 games apiece. Oklahoma State has won the last 2 games including an overtime contest in their last trip to Morgantown in 2015.
No. 4 TCU at No. 25 Iowa State (3:30 p.m., ABC and ESPN2) – Two of the nation’s surprise teams will hook up with the Cyclones arriving Sunday in the AP poll for the first time in 630 weeks. TCU has won four straight in the series since losing the first game as Big 12 members in 2012 in Fort Worth. In that game, Trevone Boykin made a shaky first career start after replacing the suspended Casey Pachall.
3-star game (Still worth some couch time)
Texas Tech at No. 10 Oklahoma (8 p.m., ABC and ESPN2) – Suddenly, Kliff Kingsbury’s seat turns toasty again after the Red Raiders’ embarrassing home loss against Iowa State. He’ll get little sympathy from former Tech assistant Lincoln Riley, squaring up against his old team for the first time as a head coach. The Sooners have won 5 straight in the series since Tommy Tuberville’s unlikely victory in 2011 in Norman. Since then, Oklahoma has swept them, averaging 50 points a game although last season’s 66-59 triumph in Lubbock was a defensive coordinator’s nightmare.
2-star game (Aren’t fall chores in the yard calling?)
Texas at Baylor (noon, ESPNU) – The winless Bears were feted with a standing ovation from appreciative fans at McLane Stadium after their near-miss against West Virginia Saturday night. Charlie Brewer likely earned a starting job with his stunning relief effort that almost beat the Mountaineers. The old rivalry against the Longhorns always brings up some sparks. Texas has won the last 2wo games in the series by a combined 7 points. Before that, Art Briles had won 4 of the previous 5 games, although he’s long gone now.
1-star game (Don’t you have something better in your life?)
Kansas State @ Kansas (3 p.m., FS1) – What did the good people at FS1 do to get stuck with this clunker? The Dillon’s grocery chain has sponsored the “Sunflower Showdown” since 2010 but has been getting their money’s worth in basketball a lot more recently. Bill Snyder has always approached this state rivalry with appropriate intensity, winning his last 7 games over the Jayhawks. After losing 3 of his first 4 against Kansas from 1989-92, Snyder has since won 20 of his last 21 against them. The Wildcats have scored at least 40 points in 13 of those games against KU, including 8 times with more than 50.
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