South Carolina (3-4, 1-4 SEC) at Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) (11 a.m. Saturday, SEC Network): South Carolina bounced back from losing coach Steve Spurrier to retirement with a win against Vanderbilt, a positive step for the Gamecocks. Now, South Carolina has had two weeks to prepare for Texas A&M, which is reeling after two straight losses. Even though the Aggies have improved on defense from last year, they have struggled greatly on offense; two weeks ago, quarterback Kyle Allen threw three interceptions that Alabama returned for touchdowns, and last week the Aggies scored just three points at Ole Miss. All eyes will be on A&M’s QB situation, with star freshman Kyler Murray receiving the start.
No 12 Oklahoma State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) at Texas Tech (5-3, 2-3) (2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN): The Red Raiders have lost all three games they’ve played against ranked teams this year, and after nearly upsetting TCU, Texas Tech’s losses to Baylor and Oklahoma weren’t close. The Red Raiders gave up 63 points in both of those games, and 55 to TCU. Oklahoma State won’t let up. The Cowboys are No. 11 in the country, scoring 40.3 a game. Texas Tech, which is No. 120th in scoring defense with 40.1 points allowed a game, will have to find a way to slow down Oklahoma State sophomore QB Mason Rudolph (2,197 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions).
Texas A&M had three interceptions returned for touchdowns against Alabama and scored only three points against Mississippi.
Texas (3-4, 2-2 Big 12) at Iowa State (2-5, 1-3) (6 p.m. Saturday, FS1): All of the talk was about Texas missing out on bowl season this year after a horrendous 1-4 start that included a 50-7 loss at TCU. But the Longhorns rebounded, with a spark on offense from Jerrod Heard, and have won two straight against Oklahoma and Kansas State, games that looked to be sure losses several weeks ago. But for Texas to come all the way back, it needs to stay consistent and win Saturday at Iowa State and next week against Kansas. Then the Longhorns will just need one win in a tough three-game stretch to end the season — at West Virginia, home against Texas Tech, at Baylor — to earn a bowl berth.