Kansas (0-9, 0-6 Big 12) at No. 15 TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12), 11 a.m. Saturday, FS1: TCU’s offense fell flat last week against Oklahoma State, and the defense couldn’t pick up the slack in a 49-29 loss. Now the Horned Frogs, who hadn’t received much respect from the College Football Playoff committee already, would need a miracle to finish in the top four. But coach Gary Patterson’s teams have always seemed to bounce back. And what better opponent to do that against than a Kansas team that is No. 120 in the country in scoring offense and dead last (No. 127) in scoring defense?
Texas (4-5, 3-3 Big 12) at West Virginia (4-4, 1-4 Big 12), 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPNU: The Longhorns and Mountaineers desperately need a win for a chance to play in a bowl this season. If Texas loses, the Longhorns will need to beat Texas Tech and Baylor to reach six wins. The Longhorns could also show team growth if they can hang with the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va. Texas has played three true road games, losing them by a combined 112-10. The last was particularly disturbing, 24-0 at Iowa State.
Kansas State (3-5, 0-5 Big 12) at Texas Tech (5-5, 2-5 Big 12), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, FS1: The Red Raiders can become bowl eligible with a win. The Red Raiders are No. 5 in scoring offense at 45.2 points a game, even with playing a tough schedule so far, but the team has struggled on defense. Texas Tech is still trying to turn the corner with Kliff Kingsbury, who would raise his coaching record to 18-18 with a victory.
Western Carolina (6-3) at Texas A&M (6-3, 3-3 SEC), 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU: The Aggies flopped at home in a 26-10 loss to Auburn last week. While Western Carolina shouldn’t provide the Aggies much of a challenge, A&M has serious question marks heading into the final stretch of the season. The team has been average since Johnny Manziel left, and most of the issues this season have started at quarterback. Even with true freshman Kyler Murray taking over for Kyle Allen, the offense has stalled.
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No. 12 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) at No. 6 Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12), 7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8: The knock on Baylor is that the Bears haven’t played any good teams. That all changes with the Sooners visiting Waco. Baylor will get a chance to showcase its offense on a national stage and prove it belongs in the playoff discussion. The Bears have the best offense in the nation, led by receiver Corey Coleman, running back Shock Linwood, and quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who replaced Seth Russell (neck injury). Baylor has piled up statistics and side notes all season, but none of that will matter if the Bears can’t do it on the big stage.