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College Football Viewing Guide/Open Thread: Week 5

K-State takes this week off, as does most of the Big 12. But there are plenty of intriguing games around the country to keep you occupied.

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After last week's poor showing in Austin, K-State gets a timely week off. Of course, the time off probably won't pay many dividends in the next two weeks, with Oklahoma State and Baylor looming. But if the Wildcats can find themselves now, they could set themselves up for a solid run at bowl eligibility over the final six games

There are a couple Big 12 matchups worth watching, and some Big 10 and SEC games worth a passing glance. To guide you through, SB Nation's excellent weekly viewing guide is here. For you degenerate gamblers, SB Nation's week five picks are here. If you want to know who's going to win in advance, Bill Connelly's F/+ picks are here. The Big 12 schedule is below.

Thursday: Iowa State 38, Tulsa 21: Iowa State gets its first win of the season over Tulsa.

West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State, Morgantown, W.Va., 11:00 a.m. CDT, ESPN: Other than garbage time against UTSA, Oklahoma State's defense has been pretty solid. West Virginia couldn't score on Maryland. Tune in early.

TCU vs. SMU, Fort Worth, Texas, 11:00 a.m., FS1: The Alphabet Bowl takes place at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU's Devonte Fields is out of this game with injury.

Oklahoma at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. CDT, NBC: Oklahoma has one last chance to salvage some pride in the Big 12's non-conference games. Don't let us down, Sooners.