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Texas Power 5 previews: Texas looks to become bowl eligible

Texas running back D’Onta Foreman has rushed for 1,613 yards. The Longhorns visit Kansas on Saturday.
Texas running back D’Onta Foreman has rushed for 1,613 yards. The Longhorns visit Kansas on Saturday. AP

UT San Antonio (5-5, 4-3 C-USA) at No. 23 Texas A&M (7-3, 4-3 SEC) (11 a.m. Saturday, SEC Network): It hasn’t been a good month for the Aggies. After debuting at No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff poll, Texas A&M has lost two straight to Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Now the Aggies need to dominate an upset-minded UTSA team before taking on LSU on Thanksgiving. Pressure is on A&M to win out to salvage the season.

Kansas State (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) at Baylor (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) (11 a.m. Saturday, ESPN2): Baylor has fallen fast and hard after starting 6-0. After three straight losses to Texas, TCU and Oklahoma, Baylor is hoping to rebound at home against the Wildcats. But the Bears will have to pull out a win without QB Seth Russell, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury against the Sooners last weekend. Russell had been 14-3 as the Baylor starter, and now the job will fall to freshman Zach Smith.

No. 13 Oklahoma State (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) at TCU (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) (11 a.m. Saturday, FS1): The Horned Frogs will have a chance to ruin Oklahoma State’s Big 12 championship aspirations. The Cowboys suffered two early season losses — to Central Michigan and Baylor — but have won six straight to climb back into the conference race. Led by quarterback Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State ranks sixth in the nation with 348 passing yards per game. TCU had an extra week to recover after dominating Baylor two weeks ago to snap a two-game win streak.

Texas Tech (4-6, 2-5 Big 12) at Iowa State (2-8, 1-6 Big 12) (2:30 p.m. Saturday, FS1): Texas Tech and Iowa State are ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12, and both have struggled on defense. Texas Tech is dead last in the country, giving up 541 yards a game. The Cyclones are No. 104 in the nation, giving up 451.6 yards a game. The difference Saturday could be the Red Raiders offense. Texas Tech, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes III, is No. 1 in the country in passing yards, averaging 474.8 a game and No. 3 in scoring with 46 points a game. Texas Tech has lost five of its last six games, and Iowa State beat Kansas last week to stop a five-game skid.

Texas (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) at Kansas (1-9, 0-7 Big 12) (2:30 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/Ch. 8): Texas started 2-0 but then lost four of five before climbing back to .500. Texas can’t look past the Jayhawks. Longhorns coach Charlie Strong might not survive an upset to a Kansas team that hasn’t won a conference game since it beat Iowa State on Nov. 8, 2014. Texas will rely on running back D’Onta Foreman, who has 1,613 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

Oklahoma (8-2, 7-0) at West Virginia (8-1, 5-1) (7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/Ch. 8): The Sooners can clinch the Big 12 title with a win and an Oklahoma State loss at TCU. The Sooners started 1-2 with double-digit losses to Houston and Ohio State, but at No. 9 are the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the College Football Playoff rankings. West Virginia quarterback and former White Settlement Brewer star Skyler Howard is throwing for 274 yards per game. The Sooners are allowing 297 passing yards per game, 121st in the nation. Snow showers are expected to begin around kickoff.

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