Here’s a snapshot preview of Week 5 in the Big 12 (all times ET):
No. 23 West Virginia at No. 15 Oklahoma, FS1: From 2006 to 2011, Oklahoma went 11-0 against Football Power Index Top 25 opponents. Since, the Sooners have been far more vulnerable at home, going just 1-3 vs. FPI Top 25 teams. West Virginia ranks 13th in the FPI, its highest rating since 2008. Quarterback play has been a big reason for both teams' strong starts. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield (15th) and West Virginia's Skyler Howard (22nd) rank among the top 25 nationally in quarterback ranking.
Texas at No. 4 TCU, ABC: Texas is looking to avoid its first 1-4 start since 1956, the year before Darrell Royal was brought in as coach. The Longhorns finished that '56 season 1-9. The Horned Frogs haven't defeated Texas in back-to-back seasons since 1958-59. TCU beat the Longhorns in Austin last year 48-10. Dating to last year, the Horned Frogs have won 12 straight; only Ohio State has a longer active winning streak.
Kansas at Iowa State, FSN: Kansas has lost 31 straight road games since 2009, the most consecutive road losses since the FBS/FCS split in 1978. Iowa State has lost nine straight in Big 12 play, including a 34-14 defeat at Kansas last year. The Cyclones also haven't won a Big 12 opener since 2002.
Texas Tech at No. 5 Baylor, ABC/ESPN2: Baylor has led the nation in scoring and total offense the past two seasons and leads it again so far this year, averaging 64 points and 767 yards per game. The Bears are also the only FBS school to rank in the top 10 nationally in both passing (seventh) and rushing (first). Turnover margin is a big reason for Texas Tech's improvement so far this season. The Red Raiders finished minus-13 last year; through four games this season, they are plus-5. In their past three meetings in Arlington, Texas, the Red Raiders and Bears have combined for 97 (2012), 97 (2013) and 94 (2014) points. All signs point to this turning into another shootout. Baylor (17) and Texas Tech (15) top the nation in two-minute touchdown drives.
Kansas State at No. 20 Oklahoma State, FS1: Kansas State hasn't won in Stillwater, Oklahoma, since 1999. The Wildcats have come close, though, losing their past four at Oklahoma State by an average margin of just 4.5 points. K-State was off last week; the Wildcats won both Big 12 games last year coming off bye weeks: a 31-30 victory at then-No. 11 Oklahoma and a 26-20 victory at West Virginia. The Wildcats face a challenge in protecting quarterback Joe Hubener. Oklahoma State defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean have each recorded a sack in every game this season.