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No. 7 Oklahoma State tried to pick up opponent after Baylor postponement

OSU athletic director Mike Holder didn’t want the Cowboys to have back-to-back bye weeks.

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Oklahoma State planned to roll out of its bye week and head to Waco, Texas, to play Baylor on Oct. 17.

But that won’t happen after the Big 12 conference postponed the game to Dec. 12 because of a “significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases” among the Bears football program. The No. 7 Cowboys (3-0, 2-0 Big 12) are now left with two straight bye weeks, but OSU athletic director Mike Holder tried to “pick up an opponent” to fill the unexpected open date, coach Mike Gundy told Dave Hunziker on the weekly “OSU Roundup.”

“We actually tried to pick up an opponent for this week, unsuccessfully,” Gundy said. “Coach Holder was working hard to try to get us a game, but it didn’t work out.”

Gundy didn’t name which Big 12 team Holder tried to have the Cowboys play. Kansas at West Virginia is the only Big 12 game on the schedule for this coming Saturday, and OSU has already played and beat both teams.

“It is what it is, can’t change it,” Gundy said. “We’re not playing Baylor, we’re playing Iowa State [Oct. 24], and we have another open week.”

The Cowboys’ next game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24 against No. 20 Iowa State (3-1, 2-0) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. It’ll be almost a month since OSU’s last home game when they defeated WVU 27-13 on Sept. 26.