We're inching closer to full-time Big 12 conference play, but first, we'll have to get through another weekend of soft non-conference games.
But the early part of the season hasn't been a good look for the Big 12. So far, the Big 12 is 16-7 in non-conference games (0-2 against current top 25 teams). What does that mean? Well, consider this: Big 12 teams lost seven non-conference games combined between 2011 and '12.
(Hat tip on those numbers go to David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest.)
As has been the case the past couple of weeks, there is one key Big 12 game to top off the weekend. Kansas State visits a struggling Texas team that is searching for any way to get back on track after losing back-to-back games. 'Horns coach Mack Brown has preached that a conference title is still an achievable goal.
That starts with beating the Wildcats Saturday night.
Let's get to the picks.
(All rankings reflect the latest Associated Press poll.)