Guide to OU's bye week

All OU can do is sit and watch this weekend, but there are quite a few games worth watching.

It’s a bye week for Oklahoma as the Sooners return to action next Saturday at TCU, but there are plenty of games for OU fans to keep tabs on Saturday.

Big 12

UTEP (2-1) at Kansas State (2-1), 11 a.m. CST

The Wildcats look to get back in the win column following that emotionally draining loss to Auburn where it felt like KSU outplayed the Tigers for most of the game. After a huge drop in the end zone that resulted in an interception, look for Tyler Lockett to come up huge.

TCU (2-0) at SMU (0-3), 11 a.m. CST

The Sooners are coming to Fort Worth next week, but you can get a chance to scout TCU this weekend. SMU has had a rough, rough month and things shouldn’t get any better against Gary Patterson’s bunch. The TCU defense has been outstanding and that shouldn’t change here.

Texas (1-2) at Kansas (2-1), 3 p.m. CST

Another week, another dismissal from the Longhorns. Tyrone Swoopes made some big-time plays in Texas’ close loss to UCLA two weeks ago, will be interesting to see if he can continue to turn that corner. KU has dynamic playmaker Tony Pierson but rarely uses him, which has been puzzling.

Baylor (3-0) at Iowa State (1-2), 7 p.m. CST

The Cyclones are 0-2 at home this season but are coming off an emotional, maybe season-saving win against Iowa two weeks ago. Baylor has looked every bit as good as advertised although it’s tough to really know about the Bears because of their lack of quality nonconference opponents.

OU interest

Louisiana Tech (2-2) at Auburn (3-0), 3 p.m. CST

There are a couple of games featuring SEC teams this weekend OU fans should definitely scoreboard watch, if not just watch on TV. OU handled La Tech 48-16 in the first game of the season and looked impressive. Seeing how the Tigers do could be a gauge of where the two teams are at in the eyes of the playoff selection committee.

Tennessee (2-1) at Georgia (2-1), 11 a.m. CST

With OU disposing of the Vols, now the Sooners become the biggest Tennessee fans there are. Butch Jones and crew get their first SEC test against the Bulldogs and Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley. Once again, a small gauge of perhaps where OU stands can be revealed by Georgia’s performance.

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