Oklahoma vs. TCU fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Oklahoma (5-1) vs. TCU (3-3) Game Preview
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
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.
TCU had a power outage in the painful loss to Texas Tech last week, and now it’s the worst team in the Big 12 in giveaways and the passing game just can’t click on a consistent basis. Worst of all, it couldn’t handle the mobility of Red Raider QB Jett Duffey in key moments.
TCU, meet the rested Kyler Murray.
Had the Sooners been able to pull out the Red River Showdown win, Murray would be 1A in the Heisman race right now, throwing for 304 yards and four scores, and running for 92 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago.
However now he has to deal with …
One Reason Why TCU Will Win
The TCU defense continues to be fantastic.
It leads the Big 12 in total, third down and scoring D, with the senior-dominated group not making a whole lot of big mistakes and doing an outstanding job of keeping the team in games.
There isn’t a whole lot to the pass rush, but the there’s enough in place to bother Murray and the running game that’s fine – okay, it’s more than fine – but does miss Rodney Anderson. The numbers are great because of the explosive plays. It’s easier said than done, but the Horned Frogs have to turn OU into more of a grinding team and limit the plays in space and yards after the catch.
Duh … that’s what the Oklahoma offense does better than anyone. However, outside of the late run by Ohio State, the Horned Frogs have been keeping the big play to a bare minimum.
Offensively, this is the game for the line. It’s been excellent in pass protection and it’s done an okay job for the ground game. Yeah, there might be a new defensive coordinator for the Sooners, but the front has to prove it can hold up when blasted and pounded. Texas was able to do it; TCU has to give it a try.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s a TCU home game against a Gary Patterson team that’s lost three of its last four games and needs to make a big statement.
The Horned Frog defense will do its part, but against a rejuvenated OU D, the offense will struggle too much again.
Murray and company will be held in check for most of the game, but two big plays will open things up in the second half, and TCU won’t be able to keep up.
TCU QB Shawn Robinson will come up with a few big throws of his own, and he’ll hit the 300-yard mark, but he’ll also turn the ball over twice.
Finally, the Sooners will start to generate a few takeaways.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oklahoma 34, TCU 17
Line: Oklahoma -7.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 3.5
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