December 2nd, 2017 seems so far away. A lot has happened since the last time the Sooners and Frogs met at Jerry World on that unusually warm December day; the Sooners both made and lost the Rose Bowl, Baker Mayfield won the Heisman, got drafted by the Cleveland Browns and now is on his way to becoming a folk hero, Kyler Murray got drafted by the A’s and became a Heisman contender in his own right, but biggest of all, Mike Stoops got fired.
While things are certainly different in Norman, they are completely flipped upside down in Fort Worth. While Gary Patterson has been the pinnacle of consistency in the Big 12 (outside of OU), this seems to be a real down year for the Frogs. Nevertheless, TCU is one of those teams you simply cannot take lightly at Amon G. Carter stadium as a favored team no matter how down they look.
For the Sooners, this is the first chance we get to see the Ruffin McNeill defense in action (Spoiler Alert: Probably won’t look much different). True road games are always tough, but OU hasn’t dropped one since 2014, against…TCU. This will be a fun one.
Meet the Horned Frogs:
In the past few seasons, TCU has been somewhat of pseudo rivalry for OU. Aside from Oklahoma State (who is already kind of a rival), the Frogs have typically been OU’s biggest competition for the Big 12 crown. This season however, not so much.
TCU hasn’t been exactly known for its explosive offense since Trevon Boykin graduated in 2015, but this offense is just flat out anemic under quarterback Shawn Robinson. The Frogs haven’t cracked the 14 point mark in their past three games, are on track to turn the ball over 45 times this season (s/o to my man Andrew Wilson for that stat) and their sole win in the past four games was a home slugfest against Iowa State.
Normally, I’d say this game would be a perfect chance for an offense to reset, but they are going up a seriously pissed off and highly motivated Oklahoma defense that will come out firing (heh).
Who to Watch For:
#1 Jalen Reagor, WR
I just have the worst feeling about this guy. A highly touted, four star, class of 2017 recruit, Reagor was actually committed to Oklahoma for awhile before flipping to the Horned Frogs in Fall 2016. The second he flipped, I knew this guy would burn us one day. While he had a combined three receptions in two games against OU in his freshman season, I have a feeling we might see Reagor feast on an Oklahoma secondary in the midst of a rebuild.
Series History: 13-5 (Oklahoma)
The Sooners and Frogs don’t have a deep history, as the two programs have only been in the same conference for seven seasons, but it certainly has been a rich one.
In the seven inter-conference meetings between the two schools, five have come down to within a touchdown. The only two non-close games came with the Frogs falling to the potentially the best offense in college football history in 2017. Long story short, these two teams keep it close.
The win/loss slant however? Different story. OU is 6-1 against TCU, with the sole loss coming in OU’s worst season and TCU’s inarguably best season in 2014. Simply put, TCU doesn’t win enough in this series to make this a true rivalry.
However, the matchup makes for a quintessential David and Goliath match up. I don’t need to detail OU’s vast history, you should know it if you are reading this. TCU is scrappy; the smallest school in the Big 12, doing the most with the least. Outside of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, they don’t have much deep history. If it wasn’t for Gary Patterson, they would just be purple SMU and would be chillin’ in the American Conference or something.
In fact, the game that sprung TCU into the public conscience was a 2005 upset over Oklahoma in Norman, way back when the Horned Frogs were in the Mountain West (it was actually their first season there, they were previously in Conference USA). Nearly ten years later, an upset over OU put TCU firmly in the College Football Playoff picture.
At 3-3, a win over the Sooners wouldn’t do either of these things for TCU; however, a win for David here might be enough to save the Frog ship from sinking.