Big 12 viewers’ guide topped by West Virginia-TCU showdown

The Big 12 still won’t be back in full scheduling mode this week.

But four games involving eight of the conferences’ 10 teams will be played on Saturday.

It will feature a couple of interesting games, topped by West Virginia’s visit to TCU for a share of first place among two teams unbeaten in the conference.

Here’s a look at this week’s games, graded in terms of visibility.

All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.

Big 12 games for Oct. 7:

Four-star game (Certifiable appointment viewing)

West Virginia at TCU, 3:30 p.m., FS1 —  The two newest Big 12 members played thrilling games in their first three conference games against each other with margins of 1 (double overtime), 3 (overtime) and 1 points. It hasn’t been as competitive in the last two games with average margins at 27 points per game. But two of the nation’s hottest teams will hook up for what should be one of the nation’s best games  of the week.

Three-star game (Worth snatching the remote control away from your  spouse)

Kansas State at Texas, 7 p.m., FS1 – Could this be Bill Snyder’s last trip to Austin? The Wildcats have been successful recently against the Longhorns, winning 7 of the last 9 in the series.

Two-star game (Outdoor fall chores loom, but still worth an occasional peak)

Iowa State at Oklahoma, noon, FOX – The Cyclones were high-flying offensively before Texas stoned them in the national spotlight. They’ll be battling a tough recent trend as Oklahoma has won 10 straight in the series. Iowa State’s last victory against the Sooners came in 1990. How long ago was it? The two coaches were Gary Gibbs of Oklahoma and Jim Walden of Iowa State.

One-star game (Really, do you have to ask?)

Texas Tech at Kansas, noon, FS1 – This game will be a matter of how flat the Red Raiders are after tough home loss to Oklahoma State, coupled with Kansas’ growth over bye week. Past history doesn’t look good for Jayhawks, who have lost 10 straight and 17 of 18 in the series against Tech.

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