Let's take a look ahead to this week's slate in the Big 12.
There haven't been nearly as many midweek games in the Big 12 this year as we've seen in the past, but you'd better get used to it this week. Half of the league slate isn't on Saturday. Additonally, Saturday's the first week of the season without a game in primetime. Last week, there wasn't a Big 12 game in the early slot. An all-around odd schedule on the penultimate weekend of the season.
Texas and TCU get us started on Thanksgiving night. Texas keeps its primetime spot on Turkey Day while Texas A&M plays Missouri on Saturday. Still, this year won't quite be the same. TCU's a good team, but Texas still has some BCS hopes to play for and a big stage to do it on. TCU's defense has played big lately, but the Longhorns are looking like the stingy defense-having, power running-loving squad we thought they'd be before the season. Can the four-game winning streak reach five?
A bit of a sleepy Friday afternoon game where Coloradn and Nebraska used to play, but this is one with a little intrigue. Who would have ever thought West Virginia wouldn't be bowl eligible entering its trip to Iowa State, but the Cyclones would have the necessary six wins? Crazy. Should be interesting to see what Tavon Austin does after last week's craziness, which featured 542 all-purpose yards and 344 rushing yards in his first game at running back.
Last year's game between Texas Tech and Baylor featured a Robert Griffin III concussion and some Nick Florence heroics, but it sealed Texas Tech's fate as a non-bowl team. This year, Tech can help slam the door on its in-state rival, who comes to Cowboys Stadium with five wins. Don't expect a big crowd in Arlington, but there could be plenty of offense here. We'll see how Baylor responds after last week's win over Kansas State. It proved it can beat anyone, but this year, it's also proved it can lose to just about anyone.
The best game of the week is simple: Bedlam. Oklahoma State is red hot. Oklahoma has been fairly consistent outside of a rough outing against Notre Dame. The Sooners would love a little revenge for last year's embarrassment with the Big 12 title on the line, and haven't hosted Oklahoma State since 2009. The best tidbit about this rivalry? Oklahoma State hasn't scored a point in Norman since 2007. Clint Chelf could become legend with a win in this game, but Landry Jones could close his career in his final home game with a special outing against an improving defense.
Here's the full schedule (all times ET):
TCU at Texas, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
West Virginia at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Baylor versus Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, 2:30 p.m., FOX
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Missouri (5-6, 2-5 SEC) at No. 9 Texas A&M (9-2, 5-2 SEC), 6 p.m. CT, ESPN2: The Aggies haven't slowed down this season, while the Tigers are yet again very, very banged up. Texas A&M is in the hunt for a BCS bowl game, while Missouri needs one more win to become bowl eligible. The Tigers have made seven straight bowl games, but after a stunning, last-minute loss to Syracuse, that streak is in danger. Mizzou has won three straight against A&M, but these are a very different bunch of Aggies.