FRI­DAY NIGHT SHOW­DOWN

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Ash­down wide re­ceiver Ladar­ius Bishop pushes off the tackle from Malvern’s Keith Cara­dine on his way to the Pan­thers’ fourth touch­down in the game Oct. 6. The Pan­thers beat the Leop­ards, 42-7. Tonight, Ash­down will face the Nash­ville Scrap­pers in a Con­fer­ence 7-4A show­down.

Some things to watch dur­ing Week 7 of the Big 12, the first time this sea­son with all 10 teams play­ing in con­fer­ence games:

GAME OF THE WEEK

Texas (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) vs. No. 12 Ok­la­homa (4-1, 1-1). Some­thing un­ex­pected hap­pened on the way to the State Fair of Texas for the Red River ri­valry game with two new head coaches. The two-time de­fend­ing Big 12 cham­pion Soon­ers started 4-0 un­der Lin­coln Ri­ley, ex­tend­ing their win­ning streak to 14, be­fore a 38-31 home loss to four-touch­down un­der­dog Iowa State last week­end. Af­ter three straight los­ing sea­sons, Texas lost two of its three non-con­fer­ence games un­der coach Tom Her­man be­fore start­ing 2-0 in Big 12 play. Thirdyear Ok­la­homa start­ing quar­ter­back Baker May­field has thrown for 1,635 yards and 15 touch­downs with­out an in­ter­cep­tion. Shane Eh­linger, the true fresh­man who grew up in the shadow of the Texas cam­pus , led the Longhorns to a dou­ble-OT win over Kansas State last week.

BEST MATCHUP

No. 6 TCU (5-0, 2-0) at Kansas State (3-2, 1-1). When Horned Frogs coach Gary Pat­ter­son faces his alma mater, it’s a matchup of the two ac­tive coaches with the most wins at their cur­rent schools. Only Bill Sny­der’s 205 wins at Kansas State are more than Pat­ter­son’s 153 at TCU. Pat­ter­son played for the Wild­cats from 1980-81 and his first coach­ing gig was as a grad as­sis­tant there in 1982, seven years be­fore the 78-yearold Sny­der got to K-State.

IN­SIDE THE NUM­BERS

This is the first of seven con­sec­u­tive weeks to end the reg­u­lar sea­son that all 10 Big 12 teams will play con­fer­ence games. … Of Baylor’s 110 starters through five games, 51 have been fresh­men or sopho­mores .… Texas Tech leads the league with a plus­nine turnover mar­gin. The Red Raiders have al­ready forced 14 turnovers, one more than their 2016 to­tal. … West Vir­ginia WR David Sills V is the na­tional leader with nine re­ceiv­ing TDs. He has mul­ti­ple TD catches in four of five games. … Kansas, which plays at Iowa State, has lost 45 con­sec­u­tive games away from Lawrence, in­clud­ing 42 straight true road con­tests. The Jay­hawks’ last road win was 34-7 at UTEP on Sept. 12, 2009.

LONG SHOT

Kansas, which has al­lowed 121 points in its two Big 12 games, is a nearly three-touch­down un­der­dog at Iowa State. Though a nice re­ver­sal for the Cy­clones, this is also a fair warn­ing for coach Matt Camp­bell’s team. Iowa State was a four-TD un­der­dog when it shocked then-No. 3 Ok­la­homa last week.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Ok­la­homa State quar­ter­back Ma­son Ru­dolph has thrown for a Big 12-lead­ing 382 yards per game, with 16 touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions. The 14th-ranked Cow­boys play Baylor, the team against which the quar­ter­back made his OSU de­but un­ex­pect­edly late dur­ing the 2014 sea­son.

Staff photo by Evan Lewis

AP Photo/LM Otero, File

Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Baker May­field (6) passes with cov­er­age from of­fen­sive line­men Or­lando Brown (78) and Ben Pow­ers (72) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game against Baylor on Sept. 23 in Waco, Texas. May­field has thrown for 1,635 yards and 15 touch­downs with no in­ter­cep­tions. Ok­la­homa faces Texas this week.

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