Guide to OU's bye week

The Sooners are TV watchers this weekend and here are the Big 12 games on tap.

Oklahoma is on its second bye week of the season, and the Sooners have some company in that department. Four teams from the Big 12 are idle this week with Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas joining the Sooners. But if you’re still looking for some Big 12 action to watch, here’s a mini-breakdown of each game on Saturday’s schedule.

Texas (3-4, 2-2) at No. 11 Kansas State (5-1, 3-0), 11 a.m.

The Longhorns are coming off thrilling last-second victory against Iowa State as quarterback Tyrone Swoopes continues to improve. Texas’ defense was torched by the Cyclones so no doubt seeing how that group responds will be something to watch. The Wildcats upset OU in Norman for the second time in a row last week. It’s not flashy, but it’s always effective regarding what Bill Snyder and his staff have prepared. The victory has KSU squarely back in the college football playoff hunt.

No. 22 West Virginia (5-2, 3-1) at Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1), 2:30 p.m.

The Mountaineers are coming off their best win of the season, an impressive 41-27 victory against previously undefeated Baylor. West Virginia is certainly a team on the rise with its only two losses coming in competitive battles with Alabama and OU. For weeks, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy questioned the validity of his team’s national ranking. Guess he was right as the Cowboys were waxed at TCU 42-9 last week, dropping out of the top 25. How will OSU respond this week at Boone Pickens Stadium?

Texas Tech (3-4, 1-3) at No. 10 TCU (5-1, 2-1), 2:30 p.m.

The Red Raiders finally got that first conference win last week by taking out hapless Kansas. They go from the Jayhawks to arguably the best team in the conference and on the road to Fort Worth to take on the Horned Frogs. TCU showed a world of mental toughness after having blown a 21-point fourth quarter lead at Baylor two weeks ago to respond in the best way imaginable in a beatdown of the Cowboys. Trevone Boykin continues to put up sparkling numbers halfway through the regular season.

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