Whether one team can maintain its grip on the good feeling it garnered from a final-play victory or the other can respond from a humbling loss to its arch rival makes up the backdrop when Texas Tech visits No. 21 Oklahoma State at Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday. The Red Raiders (3-5, 2-5 Big 12) edged Baylor on Jonathan Garibay's 25-yard field goal as time expired last week, capping a fourth-quarter rally to lift them to a 24-23 triumph. While that loss didn't squash OSU's conference championship hopes, it dashed any chance of staying in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The Southern California Trojans spent the first two weeks of the season pulling out improbable wins, then cruised to a comparatively easy victory in their third game. Now No. 19 USC (3-0, 3-0 Pac-12) faces maybe its toughest matchup when it hosts the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans had a player test positive following last week's win at Utah in what was the first positive test for USC this season.
Pac-12 Networks Yogi Roth discusses how the Conference should be represented in the first CFP Rankings ahead of the first release during Pac-12 After Dark on Saturday, Nov. 21. Download the Pac-12 Now app and set alerts to get the latest news and updates.