Oklahoma football fans may be singing the bye week blues this weekend but that doesn’t mean they won’t be watching football. Last week’s loss at Kansas State doesn’t hurt the Sooners in the Big 12 championship race but it did put them in need of some help when it comes to the College Football Playoff.
Here’s who you should be watching and rooting for this weekend as an OU fan.
In The Big 12
This is a bad year for Oklahoma to need to place a check mark in the strength of conference box on the playoff resume. That said, there’s still some hope.
Baylor avoided catastrophe on Thursday night when they squeaked past West Virginia, 17-14, in Waco. Sitting at 8-0, the Bears are knocking on the door of the Top 10 which potentially sets up a huge road trip for the Sooners on November 16th. A win in at McLane Stadium, against an undefeated Baylor squad, would certainly generate a lot of buzz for the Sooners.
TCU at Oklahoma State (2:30 Kickoff, ESPN) | This will probably upset our friends from the Orange & Black Nation but I think it would be in Oklahoma’s best interest for a TCU win here. With just two conference losses the Frogs are still technically a player in the conference title race. They’re coming off an upset win over Texas which has some folks looking their way, and they realistically have a chance to be winners now in three of their four games leading up to their trip to Norman on November 23rd.
Oklahoma State is still on the schedule for the Sooners and obviously if the Cowboys win then this script can be flipped a bit. However, you gotta wonder about the impact of losing Tylan Wallace.
Kansas State at Kansas (2:30 Kickoff, FS1) | After the upset win over the Sooners last week the Wildcats found themselves in the Top 25. A win over Kansas would most likely not only move them up a bit but also place them in the first playoff rankings when they’re released on Tuesday. There’s no such thing as a good loss but if you’re Oklahoma you want that loss to look as pretty as possible.
Obviously the more chaos that occurs within the Top 10 the better things are for the Sooners. There’s not a lot of options this week but you could always pray for Wofford to upset Clemson.
#6 Florida vs. #8 Georgia (2:30 Kickoff, CBS) | A Georgia upset here most likely results in these two swapping spots in next week’s rankings. Oklahoma’s best bet here is for a Georgia loss which would undoubtedly drop them out of the Top 10 and leave room for the Sooners to move up a notch.
#9 Utah at Washington (3:00 Kickoff, FOX) | Washington is unranked and 5-3 on the season. That’s why you want them to pull off the upset at home over the team ranked just ahead of Oklahoma. Two losses in the Pac 12 is equally as damning to College Football Playoff hopes as two losses in the Big 12 would be. In other words, Utah would be done.
#7 Oregon at USC (7:00 Kickoff, FOX) | We want a USC upset here for all of the same reason we’d like to see a Washington upset over Utah. Fight on!
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