Oklahoma vs TCU :: Oklahoma is fresh of their bye week and they surely needed it after the heartbreaking loss to Texas. Oklahoma has one of the best offenses in the country and they don’t shy away from what they do, averaging 315 yards through the air and are ranked 17th in the county in total offense. All of this comes on the arm and legs of Kyler Murray who leads the team in passing with 1,746 yards and rushing yards with 377.
Date: Saturday, Oct 20
Start Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Stadium: Amon G. Carter Stadium
TV Info: ABC
Odds: – 9 Oklahoma
Is it possible Oklahoma will have more of a defense now?
The offense is unstoppable and devastating – it’s possible to win a national title with this thing. However, after the loss to Texas, and after the defensive front got manhandled, that was it for the Mike Stoops era as the defensive coordinator.
Like all new coaches, new DB Ruffin McNeill is talking about doing things differently, being more aggressive, and tougher, and better, and blah, blah, blah, but if the Sooner defense really does start doing more to come up with takeaways – it has just five so far – and it has figured out over the two weeks off to come up with a third down stop, look … out.
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: 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.
Oklahoma has no trouble against TCU as Murray has a big day to boost his Heisman candidacy as the Sooners not only win but win big and cover the nine-point spread with relative ease.
Oklahoma 42, TCU 14