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Previews of Saturday’s games involving Texas Power 5 schools

Corey Coleman and Baylor are putting up 725 yards and 64.2 points a game.
Corey Coleman and Baylor are putting up 725 yards and 64.2 points a game. AP

West Virginia (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) at No. 2 Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) (11 a.m. Saturday, KDFW/Ch.4): While Baylor still hasn’t faced top-level competition, the Bears are sporting what looks like the best offense in the nation. Baylor, led by QB Seth Russell, running back Shock Linwood and dynamic receiver Corey Coleman, is averaging 725 yards and 64.2 points a game. This game might have been a concern for Baylor fans if it were on the road. At home, Baylor should cruise.

Texas Tech (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) at Kansas (0-5, 0-2 Big 12) (11 a.m. Saturday, FS1): Kansas has been wretched this season, giving up 45.4 points a game and scoring just 19, and the closest the Jayhawks have come to beating a Power 5 opponent was a 27-14 loss at Rutgers. Texas Tech bounced back from losses to TCU and Baylor with a 66-31 win against Iowa State last week. The Red Raiders, scoring 52.7 points a game, will pass all over Kansas and should light up the scoreboard with ease.

No. 10 Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC) at No. 9 Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0 SEC) (2:30 p.m. Saturday, KTVT/Ch. 11): The Aggies are in the middle of their most important conference stretch, a three-game run against Mississippi State, Alabama, and Ole Miss. A year ago, A&M was 5-0 before losing to those three teams, a skid that culminated in a 59-0 loss to the Crimson Tide. The Aggies claim to be more prepared for Alabama this season, but A&M still needs to prove itself on the field in what could be a program-shaping game.

No. 3 TCU (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (2-3, 1-1 Big 12) (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2): The Horned Frogs have barely escaped with wins in two of their first three Big 12 games — pulling out late wins at Texas Tech and at Kansas State. Saturday, TCU needs to prove it can dominate the teams it’s supposed to beat on the road. QB Trevone Boykin continues to put up Heisman-worthy numbers, but the Horned Frogs haven’t played well on defense away from Fort Worth, which has resulted in a slip in the AP poll.

— Brent Shirley

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