Trim fat from meat. Season chops lightly with salt and black pepper.
In a bowl, stir together the olive oil and thyme, and brush over all sides of pork chops. Place chops on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
Roast 1 1/2" thick chops, uncovered, in a 350°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until juices run clear. Roast 3/4" thick chops, uncovered, in a 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until juices run clear. (160°F).