Four-star viewers guide for Saturday's games

November, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here's the latest four-star viewer's guide for the games of the weekend. Plan your honey-dos and set your tape recorders accordingly.

A ranking of four stars indicates must-see television, and maybe even a game tape to be savored by more devoted viewers and saved for posterity. Three-star games are worth the investment in time. Two-star games bear a quick glimpse or two for occasional score updates, but little more. And one-star games are indications that your time might be better spent raking your front yard or watching your kids’ soccer games.

All starting times are Eastern.

Four-star games

Oklahoma at Nebraska (8 p.m., ABC-TV) : The winner of this game between two old rivals will get bowl eligibility with a sixth victory. How rare is that? The last time these two teams needed to win this late in the season to claim bowl eligibility was in 1961. Even with the struggles of both teams, this should be an entertaining battle where defense will be featured. And in today’s football, how rare is that?

Kansas at Kansas State (12:30 p.m.): Bill Snyder brings his first-place Wildcats into the Sunflower Showdown with confidence brimming, even after last week’s closer-than-expected loss to Oklahoma. KSU is unbeaten at home and will be facing a Kansas team that looks on the brink of a meltdown after the surprise benching of Todd Reesing last week. The Jayhawks’ offense appeared discombobulated against Texas Tech, but Reesing’s confidence might be restored considering the Wildcats’ pass defense has been torched for 20 touchdown passes. That could be a good get-well gift for his self-assurance.

Three-star games

Oklahoma State at Iowa State (3:30 p.m., ABC): The Cyclones need one more victory for bowl eligibility and will be facing a tough matchup against Oklahoma State. ISU will have all of its offensive weapons back and ready, but the Cyclones likely won’t be able to win a shootout against Zac Robinson and the Cowboys. It will be interesting to see if Mike Gundy’s team can put aside its disappointment from last week’s blowout loss to Texas. They better.

Two-star games

UCF at Texas (noon) : The Longhorns get the rare “Breakfast Club” treatment when the Knights visit in a migas and barbacoa game for Texas fans across the state. It shouldn’t be anything like the last time the two teams met in Orlando, when Texas was lucky to escape with a three-point victory. This time around, Texas is surging and could use some BCS style points along the way. Mack Brown and George O’Leary are friends, so it will be interesting to see if Brown tries to run the score up. One item to watch will be how Texas’ running game produces against the underrated UCF rush defense.

Texas A&M at Colorado (1:30 p.m.): I’m as interested to see how many Colorado fans actually wear powder-blue shirts in this one to protest the way the Buffaloes’ football program is performing as the game itself. If we believe everything in the papers, it might be more than we suspect. The Aggies have traditionally had trouble winning in Boulder, so the Buffaloes might have one last stand left in them. But not if Jerrod Johnson and his receivers are clicking. If they are on, it could be another long home game for Dan Hawkins.

One-star game

Baylor at Missouri (2 p.m.): The Tigers appear to be poised to make a big move forward and maybe even charge back into Big 12 North contention if they can run the table. Baylor might be an ideal team to continue that binge, considering the Bears’ difficulties in run defense and protecting the passer. This one might get ugly before it’s over.

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