Texas Tech (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) at West Virginia (3-4, 0-4 Big 12), 11 a.m. Saturday, FS1: Texas Tech proved it can go on the road and win a tough game when it topped Arkansas earlier this season. But the Red Raiders have struggled on defense and are No. 122 out of 127 FBS teams in scoring defense, giving up 43.4 points a game. Texas Tech can score a lot of points, but as long as they give up huge plays and can’t get stops, they won’t win games. These teams have played a difficult schedule so far — both have played and lost to the four ranked conference teams — and both are hungry for a win.
No. 8 TCU (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) at No. 12 Oklahoma State (8-0, 5-0 Big 12), 2:30 p.m. Saturday, KDFW/4: The knockout stage of the Big 12 season is finally starting. All eyes will be on the Horned Frogs and Cowboys this week, the only matchup of undefeated teams. Both teams can run up the score — TCU is No. 2 in the nation in total offense and scoring offense, and Oklahoma State is No. 8 in scoring offense and No. 15 in total offense. This will be another opportunity for Trevone Boykin to make a Heisman statement in a big game, and if the Cowboys can keep the pressure on, Boykin’s statistics could reach video-game levels.
Auburn (4-4, 1-4 SEC) at No. 19 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC), 6 p.m. Saturday, SEC Network: For the Aggies, this game will be all about development of true freshman quarterback Kyler Murray, who played well in his debut as a starter last week against South Carolina. But Auburn has a full game of film on Murray and a much better defense than South Carolina. Texas A&M should be wary of the Tigers, who are sitting at .500 and have their backs against the wall. A popular preseason pick to make the playoff, Auburn is dead last in the SEC West and has nothing to lose.
Kansas (0-8, 0-5 Big 12) at Texas (3-5, 2-3 Big 12), 7 p.m. Saturday, Longhorn Network: Charlie Strong and the Longhorns need a win. The Jayhawks have won only four conference games since 2008. While Texas has struggled on offense, getting shutout last week against Iowa State, Kansas is last in the nation in total defense. If the Longhorns can’t get things rolling, it will be because of coaching and a lack of motivation. Texas needs this win for any shot at a bowl game. The Longhorns finish the season with two tough road games at West Virginia and No. 6 Baylor, with a home matchup against Texas Tech in between.