Only two unbeatens in Big 12 after two games

Updated: October 17, 2003, 1:58 PM ET

DALLAS -- Just two games into the Big 12 schedule and only two teams haven't lost a conference game.

No. 1 Oklahoma and pass-happy Texas Tech are the only teams still unbeaten in the league. If they could keep it up, they would play each other in a winner-take-the-South Division regular season finale Nov. 22.

Until then, there's still a lot of football left. Plus, both the Sooners and Red Raiders play ranked teams Saturday.

Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) is home against No. 24 Missouri (5-1, 1-1), back in the rankings after its first win in 25 games against Nebraska. While strong starts are the norm for the Sooners, the Tigers are 5-1 for only the second time since 1981.

Texas Tech (5-1, 2-0), the nation's top passing team and averaging 52 points in its wins, plays at No. 23 Oklahoma State (5-1, 1-1), which has overcome its season-opening loss at Nebraska with five straight wins.

In other Big 12 games Saturday, No. 18 Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) plays Texas A&M (3-3, 1-1); No. 20 Texas (4-2, 1-1) is at Iowa State (2-4, 0-2); Colorado (3-3, 1-1) goes to Kansas State (4-3, 0-2); and Baylor (3-3, 1-1) plays at Kansas (4-2, 1-1).

The South Division could still have an unbeaten champion.

But the North winner will have at least a loss or two. That means all six teams still have a good chance, even Kansas State, which has gone from a No. 6 ranking to three straight losses, and two-time defending champ Colorado, which lost its opener at Baylor.

Oklahoma has won its last four games by an average margin of 38 points, scoring more than 50 in each of them. The Sooners continued their dominance over border-state rival Texas with a 65-13 win last weekend.

After breaking the Nebraska curse, Missouri is playing another team against which it hasn't had much success. The Tigers have lost 13 of the last 14 to Oklahoma and trails 30-8-5 in the overall series that dates back to 1902.

There could be a shootout in Stillwater, where Oklahoma State is averaging 41 points a game.

The Cowboys have to try to slow down Texas Tech senior quarterback B.J. Symons, who has thrown 2,954 yards and 27 touchdowns with just six interceptions in six games.

Symons' string of 500-yard games stopped at three with 487 yards last week against Kansas State. But his 529 total yards gave him an NCAA-record 2,328 total yards over a four-game span.

Texas probably has the perfect bounce-back opponent. The Longhorns have never lost to Iowa State, and the Cyclones have a four-game losing streak that includes being outscored 105-28 in their Big 12 games.

Freshman quarterback Vince Young gets his first start for the Longhorns.

Talk about a turnaround. Texas A&M rebounded from a 59-28 loss at Texas Tech with a 73-10 win over Baylor. Now the Aggies go to Nebraska, which is trying to rebound from its first loss of the season.

At Nebraska, the Aggies start a closing stretch of games in which their six opponents are a combined 29-7. None are worse than 4-2.

It will be no easy task for Kansas State in trying to snap its losing streak. The Wildcats play Colorado, which leads the series 41-16-1, including a 16-12-1 edge in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas gets a shot at revenge against Baylor, which last year snapped its 29-game Big 12 losing streak with a victory over the Jayhawks. Just like last year, the Bears followed their Big 12-opening victory with a blowout loss the next week.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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