The career victory radar has been engaged.
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
The next victory for Oklahomas Bob Stoops will be No. 158 in his career, and hell become the programs all-team leader, surpassing Barry Switzer. The Sooners visit Kansas State on Saturday.
Gary Pinkels next victory will give him 100 at Missouri and hell stand one behind career leader Don Faurot. The Tigers visit Mississippi on Saturday.
Times have changed. Teams play more games now than they did in eras of Faurot (1935-42, 1946-56) and Switzer (1973-88).
But Stoops and Pinkel are regarded among the best coaches in their programs history, and unless something unexpected occurs after this season, they should pad their leads.
Saturdays Big 12 games
• Oklahoma at Kansas State, 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1: It appears Trevor Knight will get the call at quarterback for the Sooners after Blake Bell suffered concussion symptoms against Iowa State. Knight started Oklahomas first two games before Bell took over after Knights knee injury. Oklahoma has won its last four in Manhattan, dating to 1996.
• Kansas at Iowa State, 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1: The Cyclones bid farewell to 21 seniors. Kansas has switched to Montell Cozart at quarterback, and he took all the snaps in last weeks victory over West Virginia. Grant Rohach is expected to start for a third straight game, but dont be surprised to see more snaps for Sam Richardson, who lit up Kansas in his career first start last year.
• Baylor at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. on ABC (Ch. 9): The Big 12 game of the year this week. The winner controls its future for the Big 12 race. Could this be another third-Saturday-in-November surprise? Each of the last two years on this weekend, the Big 12 lost its top national championship contender: Kansas State fell at Baylor last season, and Oklahoma State was upset at Iowa State in 2011.
Saturdays SEC games
• Mississippi State vs. Arkansas at Little Rock, 11:21 a.m. on KSMO (Ch. 62): This is Arkansas best chance for an SEC victory with a trip to LSU concluding the season. The Razorbacks are young. Underclassmen have accounted for 92 percent of total offense. Freshman running back Alex Collins (946 yards) bids for the 1,000-yard season. The Bulldogs need this one and an Egg Bowl triumph to become bowl eligible.
• Coastal Carolina at South Carolina, noon on PPV: Before becoming Coastals coach, Joe Moglia, was the president and head coach of the UFLs Omaha Nighthawks. He remains Chairman and CEO of TD Ameritrade, the Omaha-based online discount brokerage firm. The football thing is working. The Chanticleers are 10-1 and have clinched a tie for the Big South championship.
• Chattanooga at Alabama, 1 p.m. on PPV: The Mocs, 8-3, are the Southern Conference champions and appear to be headed to the FCS playoffs for the first time since 1984. Against many FBS teams, this might be a danger game, but top-ranked Alabama is focused and may have already played its late-season uninspired game in a 20-7 victory over Mississippi State last week.
• Texas A&M at LSU, 2:30 p.m. on CBS (Ch. 5): The Aggies make their first trip to Baton Rouge in nearly two decades. When A&M joined the SEC, the Tigers figured to become the Aggies big rival. Johnny Manziel has five of the top 14 total offense games in SEC history, but one of them wasnt against LSU last year. The Tigers won 24-19 and held Manziel to 27 rushing yards.
• Kentucky at Georgia, 6 p.m. on ESPNU: The Wildcats are winless in the SEC but theyre doing a few things right. Kentucky has recorded 21 sacks, fifth in the league. Theyve recovered an SEC-best 10 fumbles. Whats Georgias state of mind? The last-minute loss at Auburn last week was a crusher and Georgia cant win the division.
• Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 6 p.m. on ESPN2: Vandy is going for wins over the Vols in successive years for the first time since 1925-26. They went 1-0-1 against Tennessee in 1974-75. Also, Vanderbilt has won seven straight November games under coach James Franklin. Commodores wide receiver Jordan Matthews needs four receptions to set the career SEC record. Tennessee bids farewell to 28 seniors. The Vols would need to win out, including a bowl game, to turn its first winning record since 2009.
• Missouri at Mississippi, 6:45 p.m. on ESPN: The Rebels have won four straight and have put up more than 500 yards in each of those games. Quarterback Bo Wallace ranks among the SEC leaders in total offense, but run-first reserve Barry Brunetti also takes snaps. Mississippi started the season 3-0, lost its next three, but beat LSU to start the current four-game winning streak.