Previewing the Big 12: Week Five

The Big 12 is now in full swing and the schedule features a couple of games against ranked opponents. Here's a first look at Saturday's action, including where to watch.

Kansas (0-3) at Iowa State (1-2)

11 a.m. and mercifully not televised nationally

This is the worst game in the Big 12 this season and it’s not even close. ESPN has Iowa State favored by 17 points against a Kansas team that is almost assuredly not going to win a game this season. The Cyclones showed some improvements against Iowa and would love to pick up what will likely be their sole Big 12 win this season. Kansas would just be happy with some progress.

No. 15 Oklahoma (3-0) vs. No. 23 West Virginia (3-0)

11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1

Baker Mayfield has been a revelation at Oklahoma this season, but he will face his toughest test yet against a dominant West Virginia secondary. The Mountaineers have only allowed 154 yards per game through the air this season to start, including allowing only 153 yards through the air and picking off five passes against Maryland quarterbacks Daxx Garman and Caleb Rowe last week. On the other end, WVU has the ability to sling the ball through the air and attack Oklahoma’s weakened secondary. This should be a battle that lasts all the way to the final whistle.

No. 4 TCU (4-0) vs. Texas (1-3)

11 a.m. on ABC

TCU barely survived Texas Tech last week, while Texas narrowly lost a game they probably should have won. The Horned Frogs have showed some real problems on defense, but Texas probably is not quite ready to take advantage quite as yet. QB Jerrod Heard has totally changed the complexion of the team in Austin, but Trevone Boykin is simply a step above at this point. Texas will probably score some points, but there is little chance it scores enough to keep up with TCU.

No. 20 Oklahoma State (4-0) vs. Kansas State (3-0)

3 p.m. on Fox Sports 1

Who really knows what to think about Kansas State? The Wildcats are averaging just 371 yards of offense so far this season, but also have scored 34.3 points per game over that stretch. The defense has been good as expected, but the competition is about to gear up. Oklahoma State struggled mightily last weekend against Texas and might have showed some real cracks. The Cowboys had multiple costly turnovers to almost choke the game away against a team in a state of disarray. It will be interesting to see how each team reacts this weekend.

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