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What to watch: Big 12, SEC games could shake up BCS

Updated: 2012-10-18T20:02:43Z


The Kansas City Star

The Bowl Championship Series standings could be in for a shakeup Sunday with marquee games in the Big 12 and SEC on Saturday.

Fourth-ranked Kansas State visits West Virginia, and second-ranked Florida plays host to South Carolina in the Steve Spurrier Bowl.

Injuries could play a role in both games. Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey and Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore could see limited or no action.

Big 12 games

•  Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m. on FX: The Cyclones spoiled Oklahoma State’s chance of playing in last year’s BCS national championship game, so there’s a revenge factor for the Cowboys. Will freshman quarterback Wes Lunt play? He’s still listed as day-to-day since suffering a knee injury against Louisiana-Lafayette.

•  Texas Tech at TCU, 2:30 p.m. on ABC (Ch. 9): Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin followed his rough first start against Iowa State with a solid effort at Baylor. But he sees a much better defense in Texas Tech, one that held high-flying West Virginia to 14 points last weekend. Seth Doege had a big day against West Virginia last week, but TCU leads the nation with 14 interceptions.

•  Kansas State at West Virginia, 6 p.m. on Fox (Ch. 4): Mountaineers wide receiver Stedman Bailey missed the second half of last week’s game because of an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day. Bill Snyder missed the halcyon days of Big 12 spread attacks — 2007-08 — but he’ll get his fill here. The Mountaineers can also run the ball. Andrew Buie averages 84 yards per game.

•  Kansas at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. on Fox Sports KC: Michael Cummings will get another opportunity to see if he can move the Jayhawks as he did last weekend by leading Kansas to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives against Oklahoma State. He’ll share time with Dayne Crist.

•  Baylor at Texas, 7 p.m. on ABC (Ch. 9): Longhorns quarterback David Ash says he’s playing despite the wrap on his left (non-throwing) wrist. Will Case McCoy take snaps? Baylor is looking to stop somebody. The Bears have surrendered 17 touchdowns in two conference games.

SEC games

•  LSU at Texas A&M, 11 a.m. on ESPN: Johnny Football — Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel — faces one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. Earlier this season, Manziel passed for 173 yards and rushed for 60 and a touchdown against Florida’s rugged defense.

•  Auburn at Vanderbilt, 11:21 a.m. on KSMO (Ch. 62): Vandy is more than a touchdown favorite against a program that won the national championship two years ago. That’s a compliment to James Franklin’s Commodores, but also a sad statement of Auburn, which seeks its first SEC victory.

•  South Carolina at Florida, 2:30 p.m. on CBS (Ch. 5): There are questions about the Gamecocks’ health. Running back Marcus Lattimore is questionable because of a knee injury and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a battling a foot injury. And now there are reports the team is dealing with a flu bug. The Swamp isn’t the ideal place to get healthy.

•  Alabama at Tennessee, 6 p.m. on ESPN: The thing to watch here is the Vols passing game. It has a chance to do some damage against the vaunted Tide defense if quarterback Tyler Bray gets time to throw. But Tennessee’s defense has been awful in league play, surrendering an average of 43 points. Oh, and Vols coach Derek Dooley is 1-10 in his 11 SEC games.

•  Georgia at Kentucky, 6 p.m.: The Bulldogs are coming off a bye, and Kentucky is in the doldrums. The Wildcats are one loss away from eliminating themselves from bowl contention and that should happen Saturday.

•  Middle Tennessee State at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. on ESPN2: Mississippi State can’t afford to overlook the Blue Raiders, who smacked around Georgia Tech in Atlanta last month. The Bulldogs are coming off an emotional victory over Tennessee and have a trip to Alabama on the other side. This is a possible trap game.

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