NORMAN — Oklahoma's schedule is much more manageable this season than it was in 2012, when the Sooners were all out of bye weeks before the month of October.
With this upcoming bye, the Sooners have two weeks to prepare for what will be a tough trip to Notre Dame on Sept. 28.
Here's a look at each of Oklahoma's remaining 2013 regular-season games:
AT NOTRE DAME, SEPT. 28
Current record: 2-1
Outlook: Oklahoma lost 30-13 at home last October to Notre Dame, making the Sooners' record 1-9 against the Irish. But after Saturday's games, OU looks like it's in great shape to pull off a rough road win in South Bend. Blake Bell had the offense clicking, the defense looks strong and Notre Dame barely managed to beat lowly Purdue.
Early pick: OU 31, Notre Dame 21
VS. TCU, OCT. 5
Current record: 1-2 (0-1 Big 12)
Outlook: The Horned Frogs looked like a legitimate Big 12 title contender in the preseason, but the first few weeks have exposed big problems. OU should handle TCU with relative ease.
Early pick: OU 31, TCU 14
VS. TEXAS, OCT. 12
Current record: 1-2 (0-0 Big 12)
Outlook: Texas coach Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz two weeks ago after a beating at BYU. A week later, the Longhorns were routed at home by Ole Miss. Is there any reason to believe the 2013 Red River Rivalry won't turn out just like the last two?
Early pick: OU 63, Texas 17
AT KANSAS, OCT. 19
Current record: 1-1 (0-0 Big 12)
Outlook: The Jayhawks have lost 23 straight games against FBS opponents.
Early pick: OU 58, Kansas 3
VS. TEXAS TECH, OCT. 26
Current record: 3-0 (1-0 Big 12)
Outlook: First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury and freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield has Texas Tech playing well. Tech won on its last trip to Norman two years ago, and this year's Red Raiders are much better than that team. This now appears to be the best game on a pretty bad OU home schedule.
Early pick: OU 34, Texas Tech 21
AT BAYLOR, NOV. 7
Current record: 2-0 (1-0 Big 12)
Outlook: Art Briles has Baylor in position to have the best season in school history. The Bears look as strong as anyone in the conference, especially on offense. OU lost on its last trip to Waco two years ago.
Early pick: Baylor 34, OU 31
VS. IOWA STATE, NOV. 16
Current record: 0-2 (0-0 Big 12)
Outlook: Iowa State always plays hard for coach Paul Rhoads, but the Cyclones appear to be in for a really long 2013 season.
Early pick: OU 59, Iowa State 14
AT KANSAS STATE, NOV. 23
Current record: 2-1 (0-0 Big 12)
Outlook: K-State shocked the Sooners in Norman a year ago, but that team had Collin Klein. This team still has Bill Snyder — so anything is possible — but these Wildcats don't seem to have the talent to keep up with OU.
Early pick: OU 37, Kansas State 16
AT OKLAHOMA STATE, DEC. 7
Current record: 3-0 (0-0 Big 12)
Outlook: The Cowboys are still the Big 12 favorites, and rightly so. OSU will also certainly be looking to avenge last year's overtime loss in Norman. But Bob Stoops is 7-1 against Mike Gundy, and in that one loss, OSU had Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. These teams appear much more evenly matched.
Early pick: OU 41, OSU 38