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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports college football reporter George Schroeder breaks down a pivotal Big 12 matchup between the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs.
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Before the season, it was assumed Oklahoma State would be the chief competition for Oklahoma in the Big 12. The perspective has changed following¬†TCU’s defeat of the Cowboys in Stillwater.

With a showdown against the Sooners not scheduled until November, the Horned Frogs must keep their focus this month. The road starts this week with a visit from No. 23 West Virginia, which has been under the radar since its loss to Virginia Tech in its opener. The Mountaineers have been quietly playing well and pose a danger for the home team.

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The other matchup of ranked opponents is in the ACC. Louisville and North Carolina State still harbor hopes of winning the Atlantic Division. This matchup on Thursday set up as an elimination game for the Cardinals, who already lost to Clemson. The Wolfpack still host the Tigers later this season, giving them a bit more margin for error.

Rivalry games of note see Michigan State traveling to Michigan and Florida State hosting Miami (Fla.).