Game 3: No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2 in Big 12) at No. 13 Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Todd’s take: Tough game to pick. Apparently Oklahoma State could play T. Boone Pickens at quarterback and he’d throw for 300 yards and four TDs. The Cowboys’ quarterback situation is true “Bedlam” with three guys who can play and win. Clint Clelf will take the first snap Saturday. But don’t surprised to see J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt out there too. Oklahoma State is a rebuilt team after winning the mythical national championship last year when they didn’t get to play for the BCS title even though they had the best team. The knee jerk is to pick OU here because the Sooners are at home, except they’ve already lost to Kansas State and Notre Dame, No. 1s past and present, in Norman so it’s certainly not an automatic. The Cowboys haven’t won at OU since 2001. Is this the year? Not if Sooners QB Landry Jones and WR Kenny Stills have anything to say about it. They rescued a win at West Virginia last week.
Game 4: Missouri (5-6, 2-5 in SEC) at No. 9 Texas A&M (9-2, 5-2), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Todd’s take: It would appear that if Aggies freshman QB Johnny Manziel plays well Saturday he’ll win the Heisman (though look below, Notre Dame is involved), becoming the first freshman to win the prestigious award. Manziel has passed for 3,047 yards and 21 TDs and has a signature win at then-No. 1 Alabama. Apparently he has a cool nickname. The Aggies also can get to double digit in wins for the first time since they went 11-3 in 1998 and reached the Sugar Bowl. Kevin Sumlin has had a great first season in Aggieland. For Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel, Year 1 in the SEC hasn’t gone as well. But the Tigers did beat the Aggies last year, winning 38-31 in overtime behind QB James Franklin. The question here is will Franklin play after suffering a concussion in last week’s loss to Syracuse. Mizzou needs a win to get bowl eligible. The Aggies just need to keep winning.