In the world of cord-cutting and internet streaming, it's difficult to know where you can watch your favorite Texas football team on Saturday. Here's a Texas-centrict TV Guide so can spend less time finding that gosh-darned channel and more time watching football.
Baylor vs. No. 12 Utah (11 a.m. CT, ESPN)
Baylor looks to right the ship after suffering a shocking loss to Texas State in Week One that docked Dave Aranda's career record to 20–17 in four seasons with the Bears. They'll be underdogs at home against Utah, especially now that quarterback Blake Shapen and safety Devin Lemear are set to miss the game. First year defensive coordinator Matt Powledge's unit surrendered 42 points to the Bobcats in week one, but he looks to rebound against a Utah offense that may once again be without quarterback Cam Rising.
Houston at Rice (6 p.m. CT, NFL Network)
Houston won its first game as a member of the Big 12 conference last week behind an electric TDECU Stadium, but they're traveling 4.6 miles to Rice Stadium this week to face the Owls. Now settled in after getting his first game under the belt, quarterback Donovan Smith will look to feed wide receiver Matthew Golden early and often. Rice held its own in the first half against Texas, but quarterback JT Daniels is trying to kickstart an offense that managed just 10 points. His connection with head coach Mike Bloomgren will be critical if Rice is to avenge last season's 27-34 loss to Houston.
North Texas at FIU (5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN+)
North Texas needs a get-right game after suffering a 21-58 loss to Cal in Eric Morris's first contest as head coach. Quarterback Stone Earle showed flashes of brilliance, namely when throwing to Ja'Mori Maclin, but will need his team to cut down on the turnovers. The defense looked shaky at best in defensive coordinator Matt Caponi's new 3-3-5 scheme, but they have a chance to bounce back facing an FIU team that just eked out a two-point victory against Maine.
Sam Houston vs Air Force (7 p.m. CT, CBS Sports Network)
Sam Houston showed a stingy defense in its first game as an FBS program last week against BYU, but the offense managed just 185 total yards of offense in a shutout loss. No program has had a stranger run of seasons than Sam Houston, but the Bearkats believe they can compete in Conference USA this year. They need to get in the win column first and slow down Air Force's run-heavy offensive attack.
SMU at No. 18 Oklahoma (5 p.m. CT, ESPN+)
SMU's retooled roster of transfers gelled well in a 38-14 smackdown of Louisiana Tech in Week One, but they'll face a much tougher opponent in Oklahoma. This is the caliber of team they'll regularly compete against now that they've moved to the ACC, but are they ready for it right now? The Mustangs' veteran defensive secondary has the athletes to cover an Oklahoma offense that dropped a 70-bomb on Arkansas State last week. Could Saturday be a national coming-out party for quarterback Preston Stone? The sophomore looked crisp last week, throwing three touchdowns to zero interceptions, and he'll need a similar stat line for SMU to win.
No. 23 Texas A&M at Miami (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)
Texas A&M's offense looked electric last week against New Mexico with Bobby Petrino calling plays. Now they'll look to keep up the momentum against Miami, hoping for more offensive output than last season's 17-9 win over the Hurricanes. The good news is Texas A&M boasts one of the most talented rosters in the State. Wide receiver Evan Stewart had a monster performance with eight catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Walter Nolen helped pace a front seven that racked up 10 tackles for loss.
No. 11 Texas at No. 3 Alabama (6 p.m. CT, ESPN)
In a rematch of last season's thrilling 20-19 contest, Texas travels to Tuscaloosa trying to announce themselves as contenders and thwart Nick Saban's stranglehold on college football. While Texas is the No.1-ranked team in the state according to our power poll, this Saturday will most likely be the only contest they aren't favored in. While Steve Sarkisian attempts to become one of the few former Saban assistants to dethrone him, there's another interesting tie between the two programs. Sarkisian and Quinn Ewers will need to outduel quarterback Jalen Milroe, a former Texas commit who Sark recruited to Alabama.
Texas State at UTSA (2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN+)
Texas State is riding high coming off its first win against a Power Five team in program history, and now the Alamodome has opened the third deck in anticipation of a packed house. Quarterback TJ Finley, who transferred in from Auburn over the summer, was surgical in the upset and earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors. He'll go head-to-head with arguably the best quarterback in the state, UTSA's Frank Harris, who overcame four offseason knee surgeries to suit up this season. It's the first meeting between GJ Kinne and his former head coach at Gilmer High School, Jeff Traylor, which could turn into an intriguing regional rivalry over the next few years.
Texas Tech vs. No. 13 Oregon (6 p.m. CT, Fox)
An offseason full of hype was partially quelled in a gut-wrenching double overtime loss to Wyoming last Saturday, but Texas Tech is still a threat to knock off nationally ranked Oregon, especially considering the atmosphere at Jones AT&T Stadium. Quarterback Tyler Shough faces his former team while tackle Jaylon Hutchings will attempt to display a new identity for the Red Raiders' defense. Oregon's offense looked dominant behind quarterback Bo Nix in week one, putting up over 80 points in against Portland State. A pair of second-year head coaches in Tech's Joey McGuire and the Ducks' Dan Lanning try to prove their team has more positive momentum.
TCU vs. Nicholls (7 p.m. CT, ESPN+)
After a shocking loss to Colorado last week, TCU looks to rebound against an over-matched Nicholls. Cornerback Josh Newton and the rest of defensive coordinator Joe Gillespie's secondary need a bounce-back performance after Colorado QB Shedeur Sanders threw for over 500 yards, while quarterback Chandler Morris continues to acclimate to offensive coordinator Kendal Briles's scheme. This week shouldn't be too tall of a task, but TCU needs to figure some things out before starting Big 12 play against Houston on Sept. 16.
UTEP at Northwestern (2:30 p.m. CT, B1G Network)
The Miners rebounded from a season-opening loss to Jacksonville State with a 28-14 win last Saturday over Incarnate Word. Now, they face arguably the worst Power Five team in the nation. UTEP's Deion Hankins rushed for 174 yards on 7.3 yards per carry and will look to stay hot, while the defense attempts to hold their opponent under 20 points for the third consecutive game.
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