Week 3 turned in some fantastic results for the Big 12. Week 4 brings opportunities for easy wins and competitive in-conference games..
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 a crowded or extreme time slot will normally knock the rating down a slot.
Just like last week, two of this week’s games are on ESPN’s streaming network, ESPN+. More and more games will only be available via ESPN+. This is especially true with the new Big 12 network, Big 12 Now, being a part of ESPN+.
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- ????? – 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.
UL Monroe at Iowa State
When: SAT, SEP 21 at 11:00 AM CT
TV: FS1 | Stream: Fox Sports Go
The early slate is packed, so this one is hard to justify. Iowa State needs to get off to a quick start to avoid having huge questions the rest of the year. If all goes well, this won’t be worth watching past the first quarter anyway.
SMU at TCU
When: SAT, SEP 21 at 2:30 PM CT
TV: FS1 | Stream: Fox Sports Go
With plenty of questions about the TCU offense, but absolutely none about the defense, this game will go one of two ways. TCU could get out to an early lead and never look back. Or they could be in a low scoring, ugly slugfest all game long. Either way, the afternoon slate has plenty of better options.
West Virginia at Kansas
When: SAT, SEP 21 at 3:30 PM CT
Yes there will be lots of interesting games that are half over by this point. But there isn’t much else to watch until after this one is over. So you’ll want to at least follow the first half so that you know what to expect in the second.
Baylor at Rice
When: SAT, SEP 21 at 6:00 PM CT
TV: CBSSN | Stream: Fox Sports Go
There is no way this game is competitive, especially since Rice lost their starting quarterback. I’m not telling you that you CAN’T watch this one. I’m just saying there isn’t any reason you should WANT to watch it.
Oklahoma State at #12 Texas
When: SAT, SEP 21 at 6:30 PM CT
TV: ABC | Stream: ESPN+
Lots of people will probably tell you that you should be watching Notre Dame vs Georgia instead. But that’s a game between an overrated team and another that only turns it on when they think the game “means” something. Instead, this is an early game for a leg up in the conference race. Tune in, it should be fantastically entertaining.