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Next in 12th-ranked TCU's 'fun-packed October' is 'very average' 15th-ranked Oklahoma State

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy watches from the sideline before an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Gundy wasn't happy with the way his Cowboys played in a lackluster win over Kansas. No. 15 Oklahoma State had better fix their problems soon _ they play at No. 12 TCU on Saturday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy watches from the sideline before an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Gundy wasn't happy with the way his Cowboys played in a lackluster win over Kansas. No. 15 Oklahoma State had better fix their problems soon _ they play at No. 12 TCU on Saturday, Oct. 18. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)  (The Associated Press)

Coach Gary Patterson knew long before the season began how difficult October would be for TCU.

The No. 12 Horned Frogs play their third consecutive game against a ranked Big 12 opponent when they host No. 15 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

It is the first time in school history for TCU to play three top-15 teams in a row. The Frogs have an October split so far after scoring 95 points and giving up 94, beating then-No. 4 Oklahoma 37-33 in their last home game before that wild 61-58 loss at now-No. 4 Baylor last weekend.

Oklahoma State has won five in a row since a season-opening loss to defending national champion Florida State. But those wins include an FCS team, and three Big 12 teams all with 0-3 league marks.