The lone Big 12-Southeastern Conference regular-season matchup of the season occurs this weekend when Texas visits Mississippi. It may be just as well for the Big 12, which has a 19-30 record against the SEC, including bowl games. The history begins in 1996, the first year of the Big 12.
The SEC teams with the most victories against the Big 12 are Arkansas (7-4) and Mississippi (6-3).Big 12 games to watch
•TCU at Kansas, 11 a.m. (FX):
The Horned Frogs are a big favorite to go 1-0 in their Big 12 life after the Jayhawks blew it against Rice last week. Kansas needs an inspired effort to keep this one close.
•Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m. (Fox Sports KC):
The Cowboys made a month’s worth of mistakes their loss at Arizona last week, especially defensive Calvin Barnett, who picked up two personal foul flags on the same play. In all, Oklahoma State was flagged for a school record 167 yards. The clean-up begins with this game.
•James Madison vs. West Virginia at Landover, Md., 2:30 p.m.:
The Dukes took down Virginia Tech two years ago, so the program has a blueprint for beating the big boys. But it will take a monument task to defeat the high-flying Mountaineers, who hung 69 points on Marshall two weeks ago.
•North Texas at Kansas State, 6 p.m. (Fox Sports KC):
For nostalgia buffs, Bill Snyder’s first victory as Kansas State’s head coach came against North Texas in 1989, ending the Wildcats’ 30-game winless streak. It was their lone victory that season.
•New Mexico at Texas Tech, 6 p.m. (Fox College Sports):
Texas quarterbacks threw for 285 yards against New Mexico last week. Tech’s Seth Doege may double that.
•Western Illinois at Iowa State, 7 p.m.:
The Cyclones look to match last year’s 3-0 start that ended with a bowl trip.
•Texas at Mississippi, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN):
Last game against an SEC opponent didn’t go well, a 16-point loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game following the 2009 season.SEC games to watch
•Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn, 11:21 a.m. (KSMO, Ch. 62):
Can the Warhawks pull off a second straight stunner? Probably not. Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier is off to a slow start but this is his opportunity to rebound. Auburn has to keep Monroe’s Kolton Browning from having another big day — more than 400 passing yards against Arkansas.
•Presbyterian at Vanderbilt, 11:30 a.m.:
The Blue Hose of Presbyterian fell at Georgia Tech 59-3. That was an angry Yellow Jackets team coming off the Virginia Tech loss. This will be an angry Vandy team coming off a loss to Northwestern.
•Alabama at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. (CBS):
Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson remains day to day, and Arkansas’ chances of beating the top-ranked team would be tough enough with him. Alabama’s other SEC road games: Missouri, Tennessee and LSU.
•Texas A at SMU, 2:30 p.m. (Fox Sports KC):
Despite blowing the double-digit lead against Florida, the Aggies were encouraged by their play in the SEC opener. Duel-threat quarterback Johnny Manziel played well in his first college start, passing for 173 yards and rushing for 60.
•Florida at Tennessee, 5 p.m. (ESPN):
Once the SEC clash of titans, Florida-Tennessee again as a big-game feel to it. The Vols expected to be 2-0 at this point, but the way they’ve gotten there — plenty of offense — has been encouraging. The Gators showed backbone in rallying past Texas A last week.
•Mississippi State at Troy, 6 p.m.:
The temptation is to call this a trap game, with Mississippi State coming off a resounding victory over Auburn. But the Bulldogs are too good defensively to let down.
•Arizona State at Missouri, 6 p.m. (ESPN2):
That rare SEC-Pac-12 meeting. The Sun Devils are flying high under first-year coach Todd Graham. They’ve forced three turnovers in each of their first two games, and quarterback Taylor Kelly has operated the spread surprisingly well. But Arizona State steps up in competition this week.
•Western Kentucky at Kentucky, 6 p.m. (ESPNU):
After an ugly loss in the opener at Louisville, Kentucky should make it two straight and take some momentum into next week’s game at Florida. But it won’t be easy. The Hilltoppers are capable of pulling off the surprise.
•Alabama-Birmingham at South Carolina, 6 p.m.:
Another week to rest the shoulder, if that’s what happens, won’t hurt South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw. Missouri visits next week, and the Gamecocks, as they proved last week against East Carolina, should be good enough defensively against the Blazers to win an ugly game.
•Florida Atlantic at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.:
Wrong Florida team from the Sun Belt to possibly catch Georgia napping after the big victory at Mizzou. Florida International is the league favorite. Florida Atlantic is trying to rebuild under first-year coach and former Nebraska assistant Carl Pelini.
•Idaho at LSU, 7 p.m.:
LSU coach Les Miles used the Louisiana-Monroe upset of Arkansas as an any-given-Saturday example to his players. Or there’s this: If the Vandals, a 43-point underdog win, it likely would be the biggest upset in the game’s history.
•Texas at Mississippi, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN): Part of Texas morphing into an SEC-like program, as coach Mack Brown desires, is continuing the tradition of hiring defensive coordinators from that league. Manny Diaz is the third straight — he was at Mississippi before coming to Austin last year — and that side of the ball has performed better than the offense.