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Four-star viewers' guide for Saturday's games

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here's the latest four-star viewer's guide for the games of the weekend. Plan your honey-dos and set your tape recorders accordingly.

A ranking of four stars indicates must-see television, and maybe even a game tape to be savored by more devoted viewers later in the week. Three-star games are worth the investment in time. Two-star games bear a quick glimpse or two for occasional score updates. And one-star games are indications that your time might be better spent at your kids’ soccer games.

All starting times are Eastern.

Four -star games

Texas at Oklahoma State (8 p.m, ABC/ESPN2/360): The Longhorns’ toughest remaining obstacle to the Big 12 title will come Saturday night in Stillwater. Mike Gundy has done a masterful job of keeping his team together despite injuries and suspensions, but this might be a little bit much to overcome. Mack Brown has an 11-0 record against OSU and has won games in almost every way imaginable against the Cowboys. Can his luck hold for another year?

Kansas State at Oklahoma (7 p.m.): The Wildcats will try to maintain their surprise North Division lead by coming into Owen Field. It will be an intriguing battle between teacher and pupil as Bill Snyder squares off against the most successful of his coaching protégés -- Bob Stoops. The Sooners’ offensive line has been playing better but will be tested against KSU’s emerging defensive front.

Three-star games

Iowa State at Texas A&M (3:30 p.m.): This game has suddenly gotten more interesting as both teams notched impressive upsets last week. Iowa State should have starting quarterback Austen Arnaud back in the lineup against a Texas A&M defense that still is streaky. The secret for ISU coach Paul Rhoads in this game will be for his offense to dominate time of possession and keep A&M’s surging offense off the field.

Kansas at Texas Tech (3:30 p.m., ABC/360): The Jayhawks absolutely, positively need this game. And they are hitting Texas Tech at the wrong time only a week after the Red Raiders were embarrassed in the trenches by Texas A&M. Mike Leach can make light about his team’s struggles listening to their corpulent girlfriends, but bet that his message has been a lot sterner behind closed doors this week. Tech freshman QB Seth Doege will get the start in what should be an entertaining offensive shootout.

Two-star game:

Missouri at Colorado (1:30 p.m.): Amazingly, neither team is out of the North race yet. But the loser of this game will be facing some almost insurmountable odds. I’m curious to see if Blaine Gabbert can rebound to his form of the nonconference and also how the Buffaloes respond to Dan Hawkins’ impassioned speech earlier this week.

One-star game:

Nebraska at Baylor (12:30 p.m.): Maybe this is the week that Cody Green finally gets to start -- or at least to play -- for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are playing with their backs against the wall after back-to-back home losses, but this team has responded well in previous road games this season. They shouldn’t face too much of a challenge from a Baylor team that is struggling offensively without Robert Griffin and will be starting Nick Florence.