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How To Catch All The Big 12 Week 1 Action

How to watch every Big 12 game of week 1 complete with watchability ratings.

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The first week of action in the Big 12 has a little bit of everything. There are heavy favorites, competitive matchups, high pressure situations and of course, snoozers lurking in the shadows. But don’t worry, we are here to help you navigate the opening weekend so you don’t miss a second of the action.

A quick note about the Watchability Rating: It is intended to be a quick guide to how interesting the game would be to the average Big 12 fan.  Obviously, if your team is involved, you will probably want to watch the game.  The rating can also be affected by how difficult it is to find the game, both by channel selection and timing of the game. Being on an obscure channel or in crowded or extreme time slot will normally knock the rating down a slot.

Also note, two of this week’s games are on ESPN’s streaming network, ESPN+. More and more games will only be available via ESPN+. Especially, with the new Big 12 network, Big 12 Now, being apart of ESPN+.

If you’re thinking about signing up, go here to here check out a free trial. This is the super exciting part for us. ESPN+ is a new sponsor of the LGG. So, when you use our link, not only do you get to watch your favorite team’s game, but you also help support the LGG. Plus you get the Big 12 Now network and things like the Miles to Go miniseries. Win, win, win! So go check it out.

Watchability Ratings

  • 📺📺📺📺📺 – Drop Everything. This game is must-watch television. Whether you have to stream it on your phone because you’re stuck at the mall with your significant other, or you kick everyone out of the room so that they stop walking in front of the TV, make sure that you don’t miss a second of this game.
  • 📺📺📺📺 – This is primary viewing and should be the main game that you watch during this time slot.  It will be entertaining to anyone who turns it on. Feel free to flip around to check on other games during commercials or timeouts. Just make sure you come back quickly.
  • 📺📺📺 – Make sure you have another screen to follow this one, whether it’s a second television or streaming on a laptop or your phone. You’ll want to be able to look over quickly for big plays.
  • 📺📺 – It’s worth keeping track, but don’t feel the need to pay close attention. If the current game gets out of hand, this one might be interesting, so check to see if you have a way to turn it on, especially during commercials.
  • 📺 – Don’t bother trying to watch this one. It will be a blowout or really ugly. You can find out what happened later without subjecting yourself to this.

Oklahoma State vs Oregon State

When: FRI, AUG 30 at 9:30 PM CT
TV: FS1 | Stream: Fox Sports Go
Watchability: 📺📺📺📺

It’s late on Friday night, so there won’t be anything else on. But this would be worth watching anyway, as it’s the first game for the conference and it’s against another Power 5 school.  Plus, it’s the battle of the OSUs. Make sure you tune in, even if you fall asleep on the couch.


Indiana State vs Kansas

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 11:00 AM CT
TV: FSN | Stream: Fox Sports Go
Watchability: 📺📺📺

This should be a fairly competitive game, and while there will be plenty of other action around the conference, you know you want to see if the Jayhawks can do their part. The watchability rating is hurt by the fact that it may be hard to find, but you should make the effort.


Northern Iowa vs #21 Iowa State

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 11:00 AM CT
TV: FS1 | Stream: Fox Sports Go
Watchability: 📺📺📺

This game probably isn’t going to be particularly close, but it should be interesting early, especially if you want a sneak peek at the Cyclones before Cy-Hawk. It will probably get out of hand by halftime, so make sure to tune in early if you don’t want to watch garbage time.


James Madison vs West Virginia

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 1:00 PM CT
TV: AT&T SportsNet | Stream: WVUSports.com
Watchability: 📺📺

I’ve yet to see where this game is available nationally, even on a streaming service, so the best you are going to be able to do is to follow the play-by-play unless you live in the local area. James Madison is the current favorite to win the FCS championship, so this game has a high chance of being competitive throughout. If you can find it, watch it.


Montana State vs Texas Tech

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 3:00 PM CT
TV: FSN | Stream: Fox Sports Go
Watchability: 📺📺

This one will be a bit harder to find and it likely won’t be very close past the first quarter, so I wouldn’t blame you for just checking in periodically. The Texas Tech offense should be entertaining so this may be your best bet, especially if you don’t have access to the ACC Network.


Stephen F Austin vs Baylor

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 6:00 PM CT
Stream: ESPN+
Watchability: 📺📺

Similar to the Texas Tech game, this one shouldn’t be particularly close. You should definitely make the effort, even if you flip periodically during commercials of the rest of the games, but this probably won’t hold your attention unless you are looking for something specific from Baylor.


Nicholls vs Kansas State

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 6:00 PM CT
Stream: ESPN+
Watchability: 📺📺📺

This should be an entertaining game, as Nicholls is looking for their second victory in as many years against a P5 school in the state of Kansas. If you don’t have many screens, you may have to flip back and forth, but you should check in regularly.


Louisiana Tech vs #10 Texas

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 7:00 PM CT
TV: Longhorn Network | Stream: WatchESPN
Watchability: 📺📺📺

This will get out of hand even quicker than the Iowa State game, so if you want to see meaningful plays, make sure you catch the beginning of the game. But it’s worth checking out at least a little bit of the Texas tune-up for LSU, so if you live in the LHN footprint, at least tune in on the ESPN app.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs TCU

When: SAT, AUG 31 at 7:00 PM CT
TV: FSN | Stream: Fox Sports Go
Watchability: 📺📺📺📺

This games gets a huge boost from the must-see game not being widely available. But it also benefits from the intriguing storyline surrounding the ongoing QB battle. With multiple QBs expected to play, the game should remain interesting even if the margin is big.


Houston vs #4 Oklahoma

When: SUN, SEP 1 at 6:30 PM CT
TV: ABC | WatchESPN
Watchability: 📺📺📺📺📺

This will be a highly entertaining game, with two high-octane offenses and two struggling defenses. While the line indicates that a blowout is expected, there will be enough drama and uncertainty to keep me wanting to pay attention for the entire game. There is literally no other game going on, so settle in and enjoy all the scoring.

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