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Weekend Watch Guide: An Oklahoma State Fan’s Guide to Week 11 of the College Football Season

The 2:30 p.m. slot is stacked this week.



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The college football season is coming down to the wire with some teams making conference title pushes and others just trying to get bowl eligible.

Here is an Oklahoma State fan’s watch guide for the Week 11 slate.

Big 12 Schedule

Texas Tech at No. 16 Kansas — 11 a.m. Saturday on FS1
Baylor at No. 25 Kansas State — 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
No. 15 Oklahoma State at UCF — 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN
West Virginia at No. 17 Oklahoma — 6 p.m. Saturday on FOX
Cincinnati at Houston — 6 p.m. Saturday on FS1
No. 7 Texas at TCU — 6:30 p.m. on ABC
Iowa State at BYU — 9:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN

After having a bunch of evenly matched teams playing each other last week, this Big 12 slate has a bunch of teams hoping for an upset. But it is the Big 12 after all, so chaos can be around any corner.

With Texas Tech’s win against TCU last weekend, the Red Raiders still have a shot at bowl eligibility, but at 4-5, Tech has games at Kansas, vs. UCF and at Texas to close the year. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, are one of five teams at 4-2 in Big 12 play — waiting on either Oklahoma State or Texas to slip.

Baylor’s only Big 12 wins to this point are against the league’s newcomers, but the Bears couldn’t even do that last week, losing to Houston. So, Baylor — a few years removed from winning the Big 12 — will need to win out against Kansas State, TCU and West Virginia to even become bowl eligible. K-State is in that five-team tie in third.

West Virginia’s trip to Norman is probably the game of the week in the conference. Both teams are part of that five-way tie in third in the Big 12. The Mountaineers seem to be on an upswing, beating their past two opponents by a combined 43 points. The Sooners are seemingly headed in the other direction, having lost back-to-back games.

This week could be Cincinnati’s last real shot at a Big 12 win. The Bearcats are 0-6 in league play, and after this trip to Houston, they play at West Virginia before hosting Kansas.

TCU is right there with Baylor in terms of disappointing seasons. After making the national title game last year, TCU has beaten only Big 12 newbies. The Horned Frogs have this game against Texas, a game against the aforementioned Bears and a trip to Norman to close the year, needing to win two of three to make a bowl.

Lastly, there will be some Big 12 after dark this week with Iowa State’s trip to Provo. The Cyclones are in the five-way tie for third, but BYU is a win away from being bowl eligible. The issue for the Cougars is that they close the year with Iowa State, Oklahoma and at Oklahoma State.

Saturday Selections

No. 3 Michigan at No. 10 Penn State — 11 a.m. Saturday on FOX
Tulsa at No. 23 Tulane — 11 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Clemson — 11 a.m. Saturday on ABC
No. 21 Arizona at Colorado — 1 p.m. Saturday on Pac-12 Network
Miami at No. 4 Florida State — 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC
No. 18 Utah at No. 5 Washington — 2:30 p.m. Saturday on FOX
No. 13 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri — 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS
No. 9 Ole Miss at No. 2 Georgia — 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN
Duke at No. 24 North Carolina — 7 p.m. Saturday on ACC Network
USC at No. 6 Oregon — 9:30 p.m. Saturday on FOX

Unfortunately, the most stacked time slot of the week is the 2:30 p.m. slot the Cowboys play in.

But there are some intriguing morning matchups, starting with No. 3 Michigan at No. 10 Penn State. The Nittany Lions are still the third team in the Big Ten after losing to Ohio State, but they could change that by knocking off a Wolverines squad that hasn’t gained many fans in recent weeks with the sign-stealing investigation looming.

After a promising start to the year, Tulsa has lost four straight heading into its matchup against ranked Tulane. It probably won’t be pretty, but there is the Oklahoma angle.

Georgia Tech has beaten two ranked teams this season and enters Saturday’s road trip on a two-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Clemson is coming off a big upset win over Notre Dame.

Two future Big 12 members meet in the Pac-12 this weekend as Arizona heads to Boulder. The Buffaloes have three chances to win two games for bowl eligibility in the first year of the Prime era. Arizona has played five straight ranked opponents entering Saturday, winning the past three games.

With losses to Georgia Tech, North Carolina and NC State, Miami hasn’t had the year it was hoping for, but the Hurricanes could ruin their rival’s season this weekend if it can go into Tallahassee and knock off Florida State.

The Pac-12 keeps delivering in its swansong. Back-to-back conference champ Utah needs some help to get back into the conference title game, but the Utes can help themselves if they take out conference leader Washington.

Missouri is perhaps the surprise of the season. The Tigers gave Georgia just about all it could handle last week. Tennessee has lost to the only ranked opponent it has played this year (Alabama).

After a closer-than-expected game against Missouri, the Bulldogs host Lane Kiffin’s 9-1 Ole Miss Rebels in what ought to be a fun one.

Duke and North Carolina both looked good at different times this season. It isn’t all that often that this rivalry features two teams of this caliber on the gridiron.

Fresh off canning its defensive coordinator, USC travels to Oregon for a battle against the Ducks. Oregon is still in the hunt in the College Football Playoff, and as woeful as USC’s defense has been, the Trojans can still put up points.

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