Oklahoma vs TCU : the start of the 2018 season, Oklahoma and TCU had their eyes on the Big 12 Championship Game. Come Saturday afternoon,week with their first loss. Oklahoma rallied from a 21 point deficit
Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Oklahoma and TCU had their eyes on the Big 12 Championship Game. Come Saturday afternoon, there’s a chance only one of those teams will still have those aspirations. TCU has its back closer to the wall, having lost three of its last four games. However, Oklahoma has a sour taste in its mouth after coming all the way back against Texas in Week 6 only to lose, and it’s had an extra week to sit on that.
Oklahoma has won the last three games in this series, but two of those wins have come by single digits. TCU is a desperate team, and a desperate team is a dangerous team. Here’s what you need to know for Saturday’s matchup.
Oklahoma vs TCU
Oklahoma: The Sooners no longer sit atop the Big 12, but they still control their destiny in getting to the Big 12 Championship Game with games against Texas Tech and West Virginia still on the schedule. Oklahoma tends to play well after a loss and it’s had an extra week to rest up and prepare for this game. Though Oklahoma is no longer in the immediate playoff discussion, all it can do is keep taking care of its business. Who knows, maybe in six weeks time that narrative has changed.
TCU: The Horned Frogs could use a win here in the worst way. They’ve dropped three of their last four games and haven’t beat Oklahoma since 2014. With Baylor and Kansas State showing signs of improvement — both teams are on TCU’s schedule in November — the Frogs could easily get shuffled towards the bottom of the Big 12 standings in a hurry.
No. 9 Oklahoma travels to TCU for a Big 12 college football 2018 game at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday.Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Central, noon Eastern, with the game to be broadcast live on ABC. Oklahoma is an 8-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.Oklahoma is 5-1, 2-1 Big 12, while TCU is 3-3, 1-2. The Sooners beat the Horned Frogs twice in 2017 38-20 in Norman during the regular season and 41-17 at the Big 12 championship game in Arlington,No. 9 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) at TCU (3-3, 1-2). Both teams are coming off a loss going into a rematch of last year’s Big 12 championship game. The Sooners are playing for the first time since firing defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after a 48-45 loss to Big 12-leading Texas on Oct. 6, when they overcame a three-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter before losing on a field goal in the closing seconds. TCU has already matched its loss total from last season, when two of the three defeats were to Oklahoma.
Lincoln Riley vs. Gary Patterson, the head coaches focused and excelling on different sides of the ball. Riley is the offensive mind at Oklahoma, while Patterson is the defense-oriented coach for TCU. While the Horned Frogs lost 17-14 in their last game, they held Texas Tech 31 points below its season average and allowed only 353 total yards — 248 under what was then the national-best average of 591 a game. The Sooners are now leading the Big 12 with 48 points per game, and their 525 total yards a game are only 27 shy of where the Red Raiders are now.