By Elizabeth McGarr
Our resident Texas alum checks in with what to watch in the Big 12 this weekend.
1. Baylor at No. 6 Oklahoma (4 p.m. ET, ESPNU): The Bears were ranked in the AP Top 25 for seven straight weeks (two more weeks than the school's previous all-time total), but dropped out after losing to Texas A&M in College Station. Saturday, the Bears travel to Norman, where they haven't won since 1977, but where they pushed the Sooners into overtime last season before losing 92-91. Meanwhile, Oklahoma has remained unbeaten, though the Sooners trailed Nebraska by six at halftime on Wednesday before putting the Cornhuskers away, 72-61. A side note: One more thing to inspire the Sooners -- Oklahoma just lost a football recruit to Baylor. Darius Jones, from Marshall, Texas, said he would likely play defense for Oklahoma, decided he'd rather play on offense for Baylor and verbally committed to play for the Bears. Jones is a four-star recruit on Scout.com and a three-star recruit on Rivals.com.
2. Kansas State at Colorado (5 p.m. ET, Big 12 Network): It's a match-up of the conference's cellar dwellers, two teams that haven't managed to win a game against conference opponents and are a combined 19-16. The Wildcats haven't started conference play this poorly since the Big 12's inaugural season, 1996-97, when they lost nine straight. The Buffaloes have ten underclassmen on this year's team.
3. Texas A&M at No. 14 Texas (8 p.m. ET, ESPNU): This Saturday match-up is big because the Aggies want to get back to the way they were during a promising start to their season when they finished non-conference play with a 14-1 record. Since then, they've lost to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas. Texas hasn't exactly been immune from struggles either. The Longhorns faltered during a 78-63 loss to Oklahoma, shooting 21.7 percent from three-point range. Texas and A&M have split the last six games in the series, three of which have been decided by four or fewer points (one of those was the 98-96 double OT thriller that Texas won in February 2007, which was replayed on ESPN Classic today).