True to form, last week was pretty much everything except what I expected. But this is the week that I get it right (I think). With several teams back in action for the first time after Blood Week, it’s time to start solidifying the pecking order in the conference.
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.
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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.
12 Baylor AT TCU
When: SAT, NOV 9 at 11:00 AM CT
TV: FS1 | Stream: Fox Sports Go
Depending on what you think of Penn State at Minnesota, this could be the best game of the timeslot. At the very least, make sure you can check in often.
Texas Tech AT West Virginia
When: SAT, NOV 9 at 11:00 AM CT
TV: ESPN2 | Stream: WatchESPN
There are plenty of other matchups that have teams at this level. It could be entertaining, but it could also be extremely boring.
16 Kansas State AT Texas
When: SAT, NOV 9 at 2:30 PM CT
TV: ESPN | Stream: WatchESPN
There are a LOT of really good games on at this time slot. And honestly, I’m not expecting much from Texas here. Feel free to tune in, but don’t expect much from this game unless you just want to see Texas get creamed.
Iowa State AT 9 Oklahoma
When: SAT, NOV 9 at 7:00 PM CT
TV: FOX | Stream: Fox Sports Go
This is the best game of the time slot, especially since Missouri at Georgia and Appalachian State at South Carolina will both be near half when this one starts. It’s worth tuning in to this one just to see how Oklahoma responds to their loss. And Iowa State needs a good performance to feel good about getting a decent bowl this year.