Iowa State (2-4, 1-2 Big 12) at No. 2 Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), 11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN: It’s another week where Baylor is a huge favorite. The Bears’ schedule is back-loaded, with the biggest matchups coming after October. The Baylor offense is the best in the nation, and the Bears shouldn’t allow the Cyclones to stay in the game past the first quarter. Even in blowouts, the Baylor offense is fun to watch, with dynamic playmakers in QB Seth Russell, RB Shock Linwood and WR Corey Coleman, who is picking up some Heisman steam.
Kansas State (3-3, 0-3 Big 12) at Texas (2-4, 1-2 Big 12), 11 a.m. Saturday, FS1: The Longhorns have had two weeks to build on the momentum they gained in their 24-17 win against Oklahoma. Kansas State is coming off a 55-0 home loss to the Sooners. Both teams will be in survival mode. This is a huge matchup for both programs, with bowl-season implications. Quarterback Jerrod Heard has given the Longhorns life on offense with his ability to improvise and keep defenses off balance. Kansas State will be disciplined on defense, which will show how much Texas has really improved.
Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) at No. 17 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8: The Sooners took out their frustration from the Red River Showdown loss on Kansas State last week. Now they get a home matchup against the Red Raiders that will challenge their pass defense. Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 2,618 yards and 20 touchdowns with only six interceptions. The Sooners have seven interceptions in six games.
No. 15 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC) at No. 24 Ole Miss (5-2, 2-1 SEC), 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN: The Aggies and the Rebels are coming off disappointing losses, which will give this night game in Oxford, Miss., an extra edge. A&M blew its opportunity at a season-defining, and potentially program-defining, home win against Alabama last week. Ole Miss suffered a 37-24 loss at then-unranked but unbeaten Memphis. The Aggies will need to take care of the ball on offense (Alabama had four interceptions a week ago, three returned for touchdowns) and continue to improve on defense. Since A&M joined the SEC, the road team has won each time the Aggies have played the Rebels. A&M won in Oxford, Miss., in 2012 and 2013 in a scheduling quirk that put the Aggies on the road in consecutive seasons. Last year, Ole Miss dominated A&M in College Station 35-20.