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Big 12 viewer's guide: Week 5 features several key conference matchups

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Trojans lead a class of 11 ousted from the playoff (1:20)

With four weeks of the season complete, The Eliminator is starting to cross off some big names in the race for the College Football Playoff. Say goodbye to the Trojans, Nittany Lions and Oklahoma State Cowboys. (1:20)

Below is a preview of Week 5 in the Big 12 (all times ET):

Saturday

Noon, No. 22 Texas at Oklahoma State, ABC and WatchESPN app: Amazingly, the home team has not won in this series since 2008. Texas has allowed four touchdowns on passes of at least 20 yards downfield, tied for the worst in the Big 12. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph has 10 completions on such throws, tied for the second most among Big 12 quarterbacks, according to ESPN Stats & Information. This is a swing game for both teams. Oklahoma State has never started out 2-3 under Mike Gundy. According to FPI, Texas will be an underdog in three of its next four games, not including this one.

Noon, No. 13 Baylor at Iowa State, FS1: Though the offense has sputtered at times, according to Baylor's past standards, the Bears defensively have forced opponents into 24 three-and-out drives, the second most in the FBS, per ESPN Stats & Info. To have any chance of hanging around, Iowa State will have to tackle better. The Cyclones have 38 missed tackles this season, third most among Power 5 teams.

3:30 p.m., Kansas State at West Virginia, ESPNU and WatchESPN app: Since joining the Big 12, West Virginia has defeated every Big 12 member, with the exception of Oklahoma and Kansas State. West Virginia QB Skyler Howard has improved dramatically with his completion rate so far this season, going from 54.8 last year to 68.5 this year, which is second in the Big 12. K-State leads the nation in total defense, though that figure is slightly skewed with the Missouri State game last weekend getting called at halftime, due to weather.

5 p.m., Oklahoma at No. 21 TCU, Fox: This game could be defined by big plays. TCU is averaging 21 plays of at least 10 yards, tied for third most in the FBS, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield has five touchdown passes that were thrown at least 15 yards downfield, also tied for third most among Power 5 quarterbacks. In four Big 12 games as conference opponents, the average margin of victory between these two teams is 3.8 points.