Week 4 Big 12, Texas Football Preview

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Rivalries and conference matchups highlight the Week 4 college football slate across Texas, the Big 12, and other conferences involving Texas Universities. Here is the schedule for Saturday.

No.3 Texas (3-0) at Baylor (1-2), 6:30 p.m. CT, ABC

Texas had a big win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa and followed it with a scare against Wyoming. Baylor is looking to gain momentum after its first win of the season. The Longhorns are the better team, but the atmosphere in Waco could make it more difficult than expected.


SMU (2-1) at TCU (2-1), 11 a.m. CT, FS1

SMU and TCU meet in the Battle for the Iron Skillet in Fort Worth. While it has been announced that this game will go away after the 2025 season, there is plenty of intrigue around this year’s contest.

SMU is off to a good start and looking to prove it can hang with the Power Five teams and possibly win the American Athletic Conference. Meanwhile, TCU wants to show that the Colorado loss was an anomaly. The Horned Frogs have played much better the last two weeks but need to show the same results against a higher level of competition.


Auburn (3-0) at Texas A&M (2-1), 11 a.m. CT, ESPN

No one expects either of these teams to compete in the SEC, but this game may be worth watching. Neither team has been impressive, and Auburn is the only one of the two to beat a Power Five team this season. It’s a matchup of bad teams, but sometimes those make great games.


No.16 Oklahoma (3-0) at Cincinnati (2-1), 11 a.m. CT, FOX

Oklahoma’s offense has been rolling to begin the season. Cincinnati is coming off a loss to Miami (OH) and is expected to finish near the bottom of the Big 12. The Bearcats will have to hope they can slow things down and dictate the pace because Oklahoma could make this one ugly quickly.


BYU (3-0) at Kansas (3-0), 2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN

A matchup of unbeatens kicks off Big 12 play in Lawrence. Lance Leipold has Kansas off to a 3-0 start after surprising many with a similar start last season. Kansas has looked more impressive in its wins, but you can’t overlook BYU’s 3-0 start. The question is, will they be able to continue it in conference play?


Texas Tech (1-2) at West Virginia (2-1), 2:30 p.m. CT, Big 12 Network/ESPN+

High expectations have gone out the window for Texas Tech after a 1-2 start that featured close losses to Wyoming and No.10 Oregon. There is still plenty to play for as conference play begins, and destroying a bad West Virginia team would be an excellent place to start.


UTSA (1-2) at No.23 Tennessee (2-1), 3 p.m. CT, SEC Network

UTSA’s debut season in the American Athletic Conference is not off to a good start. The Roadrunners were picked to finish second in the AAC after back-to-back Conference USA championships but have struggled without star quarterback Frank Harris. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend as they face a Tennessee team on the road, fresh off an upset loss to Florida.


Oklahoma State (2-1) at Iowa State (1-2), 3 p.m. CT, FS1

This is another game that could be ugly. Oklahoma State has played some bad offense and just got blown out by South Alabama at home. Meanwhile, Iowa State has experienced a massive drop-off from where it was as a program just a couple of years ago and is once again one of the Big 12’s worst teams.


Sam Houston (0-2) at Houston (1-2), 6 p.m. CT, Big 12 Network/ESPN+

Houston steps back out of conference play after a loss to TCU. On paper, the Cougars should win this one easily, but Sam Houston plays tough. A loss would be detrimental to the Cougars’ season, and they could really use a win before returning to conference play.

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