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Baylor, TCU head to Oklahoma for crucial showdowns in run at playoffs

Quarterback Kyle Allen, right, has had good moments for Texas A&M this season, but has also struggled.
Quarterback Kyle Allen, right, has had good moments for Texas A&M this season, but has also struggled. AP

Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3 SEC) at Vanderbilt (4-6, 2-4) (6:30 p.m. Saturday, SEC Network): The Aggies are still searching for an offensive identity and opened the competition at quarterback again this week. Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray have played well at times this season, but each has struggled in big moments and turned the ball over. Vanderbilt’s record isn’t pretty, but the Commodores have a tough defense, in the top 10 in scoring defense and top 20 in total defense. Vanderbilt needs to win out to become bowl eligible.

No. 10 Baylor (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) at No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0) (6:30 p.m. Saturday, KDFW/4 ): While Oklahoma State is the highest-ranked Big 12 team and the last unbeaten in the conference, most aren’t giving the Cowboys a chance to make the playoffs. Last week, Oklahoma State needed a 17-point comeback to top Iowa State. Baylor lost its first game of the season a week ago at home to Oklahoma and is in need of a statement win. This game will feature two of the nation’s top offenses, and with such high stakes for both sides, should provide plenty of drama.

No. 18 TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) at No. 7 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) (7 p.m. Saturday, WFAA/8): TCU may be floundering, with multiple injuries and a huge drop in the polls after consecutive poor games, a loss to Oklahoma State and an unimpressive 23-17 win against Kansas last week. But the Horned Frogs can still make a stand. With two games left against top 10 teams, starting this week with the Sooners and the season finale against Baylor, TCU can still claim a piece of the Big 12 championship. TCU’s chances could come down to how effective QB Trevone Boykin can be, if he plays. Boykin injured his ankle against Kansas.

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