Aside from the implications for the College Football Playoff and the Big 12 standings this weekend for the Texas Longhorns in Stillwater against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the outcome of that game will also impact the time of the November 3 home game against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Right now, Texas vs. West Virginia and Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech are the two games under consideration for the primetime slot on either ABC or ESPN at 6:15 p.m. Central or 7 p.m. Central.
In all likelihood, if Texas and West Virginia win this week against Oklahoma State and Baylor, then the Horns and Mountaineers will receive the evening slot. If one or both teams lose, however, then it could allow the Sooners and the Red Raiders to take the evening slot, assuming that Oklahoma beats Kansas State and Texas Tech beats Iowa State.
There could be other considerations by the networks, but that’s probably the most simple explanation for the factors that will go into those determinations.
If the Horns don’t get the evening slot, then the game against the Mountaineers will be on Fox at 2:30 p.m. Central.
There are potential College GameDay implications, too — a game featuring top-10 Texas and top-15 West Virginia could make for an appealing return to Austin for the first time since 2009. However, there is some significant competition, as Georgia travels to Kentucky, Penn State travels to Michigan, and Alabama travels to LSU. Since GameDay has only been to Lexington once, in 2007, and the crew hasn’t covered a Crimson Tide game this season, a trip to Austin seems unlikely. The best guess right now is Baton Rouge.
Still, those are a couple of extra storylines to watch around the Big 12 this weekend.