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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Big 12 Primer: Week 5

By David Ubben

Here's a look at this week's games. It should be a great set of games. I'll reveal where I'll be this weekend on the blog tomorrow morning, as well as my predictions.

Until then, let's hear yours in the comments.

Off: No. 5 Oklahoma State, Missouri

No. 14 Texas A&M vs No. 18 Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium (Noon, ESPN): Both suffered rough losses last weekend, but this game will be an annual one moving forward. Will it remain at Cowboys Stadium? Expect this game to be a good one, and the SEC presence to be strong.

Texas Tech at Kansas (Noon, Fox Sports Net): Both teams have been unimpressive early, but a win would be a nice statement for both teams, especially a lopsided one for the road Red Raiders. Seth Doege has been as good as advertised, but the Jayhawks are a better team than they were in 2010.

No. 15 Baylor at Kansas State (3:30 p.m., ABC): Baylor and Kansas State earned big-time wins this year, Kansas State at Miami last week and Baylor over TCU in its opener. The conference opener for both teams will give us a great idea of what to expect from both teams throughout the year. The Bears' offense, led by Robert Griffin III, will be the toughest test yet for a much-improved K-State defense.

No. 17 Texas at Iowa State (7 p.m., FX): This is one of two battles between Big 12 undefeateds this week, and the Iowa State fans will be jacked up to take on the Longhorns. The game is sold out, and Iowa State beat Texas for the first time ever last year.

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. Ball State (7 p.m., pay-per-view): How could you not shell out the $39.95 for this classic rivalry? Ball State did knock off former OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson's Indiana team, but I'm guessing the Sooners don't meet the same fate. I'd expect Wilson to offer the Sooners a little insight, too.