Oklahoma State (2-1) at No. 16 Baylor (3-0) (6:30 p.m. Saturday, KDFW/4): Baylor has cruised with easy wins against Northwestern State, SMU, and Rice. But Oklahoma State will pose a much more serious threat, as both teams open conference play. Even though the Cowboys suffered a surprising home upset to Central Michigan, they are still No. 9 in the nation in passing with 360.3 yards a game. Mason Rudolph already has more than 1,000 passing yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. Baylor’s defense has been solid and is tied for third nationally in points allowed at 10 a game. This game also matches two of the best wideouts in the nation with Oklahoma State’s James Washington (No. 5 in the country with 399 receiving yards) and Baylor’s KD Cannon (No. 10 with 352).
No. 17 Arkansas (3-0) vs. Texas A&M (3-0, 1-0 SEC) (8 p.m. Saturday, AT&T Stadium, ESPN): Texas A&M went on the road last week to defeat Auburn 29-16. While the Aggies moved the ball well all game, they struggled to finish drives. Aggies kicker Daniel LaCamera went 5-for-5, but A&M will need to put the ball in the end zone against the Razorbacks. Arkansas has found its quarterback in Austin Allen, a junior who led his team to a double-overtime win on the road against TCU two weeks ago. The Razorbacks needed that confidence boost. A&M has won all four matchups against Arkansas since joining the SEC, including overtime wins the past two seasons. This game will be another opportunity for A&M transfer quarterback Trevor Knight to show his skill set. While the Arkansas offense has found more balance with Allen throwing the ball more, the Razorbacks still rely heavily on their power rushing attack. Arkansas’ rushing game will challenge A&M, which has improved against the run this season.