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College Football Viewing Guide/Open Thread: Week 8

K-State takes another week off this Saturday. But the rest of college football rolls merrily along.

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Even in a loss last week, K-State built some positive momentum going into its second bye week of the season. The Wildcats showed noticeable improvement -- turnovers excepted, which should be the 2013 season motto -- against Oklahoma State. Let's hope that continues as K-State prepares for the season's second half.

The rest of the Big 12, sans Texas, is in action this week. That schedule is below. For a rundown of the national action, check out SB Nation's excellent viewing guide. For you degenerate gamblers, check out this week's picks, and Bill Connelly's F+ picks.

Oh, and if you somehow STILL haven't read Ian Boyd's excellent K-State/Baylor breakdown over at Football Study Hall, go do so now. We'll wait.

West Virginia vs. Texas Tech, Morgantown, W.Va., 11:00 a.m., FS1: The Red Raiders put their undefeated record on the line once again. The Mountaineers have had a week off since taking a beating at Baylor's hands, but are still only a six-point underdog.

Oklahoma State vs. TCU, Stillwater, Okla., 11:00 a.m., FOX: This is the day's best Big 12 matchup, even if an over/under of 30 may seem a little high with the struggling offenses and strong defenses. TCU really needs a win.

KU vs. Oklahoma, Lawrence, Kan., 2:30 p.m., ESPN: Unless it's nursing a hangover from last Saturday, Oklahoma should turn this one into a pre-Halloween horror show.

Baylor vs. Iowa State, Waco, Texas, 6:00 p.m., ESPNU: Given Baylor's mortal showing last week in Manhattan, this game is interesting to see how the Bears bounce back. Iowa State has looked solid in its last two outings, against Texas and Texas Tech, but can the Cyclones hang with Baylor on the road?