Relax, Auburn fans. An easy homecoming draw against a directional school from Carolina means that we can finally sit back and enjoy the games from around the country. Here are some of the more interesting matchups you should try to catch. All times listed are Central.
Minor League (non-SEC) Schedule
(12) Oklahoma @ Texas: 11 a.m., ABC
There will only be one storyline in every Texas game from now until Mack Brown is the new special teams coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys: How long will he keep his job with the Longhorns? Last week, the 'Horns flirted with disaster when they narrowly avoided what would have been a massive upset at Iowa State. Not many are giving this Texas squad much of a chance against Oklahoma in this year's edition of the Red River Rivalry -- and for good reason. The Sooners have averaged 54 points over the last two games against Texas, and this Texas defense make those Texas defenses look like the '85 Bears. Oklahoma is a two-touchdown favorite, and I'd be comfortable taking the Sooners and the points.
Iowa State @ (20) Texas Tech: 11 a.m., Fox Sports 1
Hey girl. Hope you can catch our game against Iowa State this weekend -- the Cyclones lost a heartbreaker last week to Texas. You know who will never break your heart? Me -- Kaptain Kliff Kingsbury. Do you like puppies? I bought you a whole basket of them. Hugs and kisses,
(15) Baylor @ Kansas State: 2:30 p.m., Fox
I usually highlight games because a.) I expect the game to be competitive, or b.) they will impact national or conference standings. Not this one. This game is going to be a blowout, and it won't affect the Big 12 standings one bit, but HOLY CRAP YOU REALLY NEED TO SEE BAYLOR PLAY OFFENSE. Try to wrap your head around these numbers. Baylor is first in the NCAA in passing yards per game (432), second in rushing yards per game (347), and first in points per game (70.5). Did you catch that? There is a college football team that, a third of the way through the season, is averaging almost 800 yards of total offense and 71 points per game. I'd call those video game numbers, but no one is putting up those stats on XBox, either.
(2) Oregon @ (16) Washington: 3 p.m., Fox Sports 1
Oregon has dominated its competition thus far, but now it is entering a three-week stretch of playing ranked opponents. Washington may be the toughest of those three, because the Huskies are getting the Ducks at home. Remember that Washington's only loss was to Stanford, by a field goal and on the road. Washington brings a high-octane offense and a stingy defense into this game, but the Huskies certainly haven't seen anything like what they will encounter Saturday afternoon.The Ducks' offense hasn't quite been "Baylor good," but it's still been "we'll hang 55 on anyone" good. The bottom line is that Washington could come in and play a great game ... and still lose by two to three touchdowns. This may be the game that firmly places Ducks QB Marcus Mariota right in the thick of the Heisman race.
Don't forget to check back in on Friday for previews of all this week's SEC games.
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