With last weekend seeing the first two Big 12 conference contests, the second part of the season is officially under way in the Big 12. Conference games bring a new level of intensity and for most teams, a MUCH harder opponent. The last two weeks have each had one conference battle, with both TCU and Kansas State earning big road wins. This week we see a Top 25 battle in an inaugural conference game for a new member, and two other Top 25 teams go on the road to protect their ranking.
Baylor at West Virginia - 11am CST on FX (National)
The Bears enter the game ranked in the Top 25 for the first time this year, and for the third straight season. They are at 24th in the coaches poll and 25h in the AP poll. The Bears are 3-0 with wins over SMU, Sam Houston State, and Louisiana Monroe. The Mountaineers are also 3-0 with wins over Marshall, James Madison and Maryland.
Both teams feature high powered offenses and defenses that are struggling to get stops at times. This is the first ever meeting between the two teams, and will be the first Big 12 game for the Mountaineers as they look to keep their Top 10 ranking safe against the Bears, while Baylor wants to keep the nation's second longest win-streak alive.
TCU at SMU - 6pm CST on FSN (Regional)
In a rivalry game that has endured many different conferences, the Frogs and Mustangs will face off for the 91st time. TCU holds a slight 44-40-7 lead in the series, but SMU pulled off the big upset last year beating the Frogs 40-33 in overtime.
TCU is 3-0 on the year, and has also added a conference victory over Kansas. They have beaten Grambling and Virginia as well. SMU has struggled this year, with 2 losses to other former conference rivals in Baylor and Texas A&M.
Texas Tech at Iowa State - 6pm CST on Fox College Sports
In the other Big 12 conference game, the Red Raiders travel up to Ames, Iowa to play the Cyclones in both teams conference opener. Texas Tech's schedule has been rather light so far, with easy victories over Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico. They travel up north to face Iowa State who has wins over Tulsa, Western Illinois and won their in-state annual match-up with Iowa. This is a key game for both teams, as Texas Tech looks to get back to a bowl game and Iowa State tries to go to a bowl game for the second season in a row.
Texas at Oklahoma State - 6:50pm CST on FOX (National)
The other national game for the Big 12 features the Longhorns travel up the road a bit to battle Oklahoma State. Texas has risen to 12th in the country after wins against Wyoming, New Mexico and Ole Miss. The Longhorns exploded for 66 points against Ole Miss. Oklahoma State is 2-1 with a big loss to Arizona 59-38 that dropped the Cowboys out of the national polls. They have beaten Savannah State and Louisiana- Lafayette, but face their biggest challenge this weekend with UT coming in.
The defending Big 12 champion Cowboys lost quite a bit of fire power on offense, and now feature a true freshman at the helm of their powerful offense. He will face one of the nation's best defenses with Texas featuring great talent all around the field including Jackson Jeffcoat, Quandre Diggs and Alex Okafor.
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