Delay of Recap: TCU

Beating TCU always feels good. Maybe it’s just a me thing, but there’s always a gratifying feeling after beating them that’s usually reserved for a rivalry game. Oh and it helps that this win has firmly catapulted the Sooners back into the Playoff.

The Sooners played exactly how anyone could want them to play Saturday. The offense was sharp, the defense showed it’s best effort since Ohio State and outside of a scoreless second half, there was nothing really to complain about.

  • Aside from the beginning, the energy was relatively normal. While the crowd stayed pretty much throughout the game (rare!), this wasn’t anywhere close to being a wild atmosphere. Once the OU offense got rolling and took firm control early, there was a general vibe that TCU was completely helpless to move down the field (unlike other Big 12 teams) and the defense had not chance of stopping the Oklahoma offense (like other Big 12 teams).
  • Holy hell was the secondary improved. I don’t want to jump to conclusions based on that vanilla TCU offense, but Tre Norwood and Tre Brown were a significant step up in the secondary category. While they did get burnt a time or two, there was a certain edge to their play that was a total breath of fresh air. Here’s to hoping Tre² stays a thing.
  • Baker has pretty much wrapped up the Heisman, but you already know that. The real discussion now shifts to where his place in the ranks of not only all-time Sooner greats is, but all time college football quarterbacks. Of course, the most defining parts of Baker’s legacy have yet to be written, but don’t forget to savor one of the best Sooners ever while you still can.
  • The Sooners dropped 38 on the 6th ranked defense in the country and barely tried to move the ball in the second. Really makes you think.
  • We probably have to beat this team again in Arlington, which is pretty frustrating. I’m not too worried about it, because Kenny Hill is trash and I’m starting to think nobody can outscore this offense right now. Here is the scary thing; I think the offense just keeps evolving.

MVP: Rodney Anderson. The comeback story of the year just keeps getting better. Sure, it took him until half the season, but Anderson has exploded out of nowhere as one of OU’s biggest offensive threats. His running Saturday has been as good as ever, but the thing that has separated him from Trey Sermon and Abdul Adams is his Mixon-like ability to run routes as a legitimate receiving threat.

Anderson played a complete game with 4 total touchdowns, half of them on the receiving end of things and 290 overall yards. If he keeps this up, Anderson might be the game changer that pushes Oklahoma to a national championship.

LVP: The Crowleyman. RIP. img_3689.png

Up Next: Kansas. Championship November baby!!!!!!

Game Week: TCU

The cardiac Sooners are at it again this week and the stakes have never been higher. After being dead in the water at least three times in the last five minutes of Saturday’s Bedlam, Oklahoma’s playoff hopes now must sustain another battle against another contender; this time against the #6 TCU Horned Frogs.

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Who are the Horned Frogs?

Believe it or not, the best team in the state of Texas the past ten years has resides in Fort Worth. Gary Patterson has built a real juggernaut out of the Frogs, having won over 11 games nine times in 17 seasons as head coach. Comparatively, Texas A&M has won over 11 games only 4 times in 100 years. (H/t @TheFrogCastTCU on Twitter for this fact. Love me a good hilarious A&M comparison)

Sure that was impressive in the Mountain West, but TCU has been just as good in the Big 12. Since arriving in 2012, the Frogs have been the most successful program in the conference that isn’t located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Because of the success of both programs, you can bet there have been some pretty intense clashes between the two teams. How close have the Frogs and Sooners been? The margin of victory has never exceeded 7. Get ready for a battle.

(Hot take: TCU is our new third rival)

Last Time We Met: October 1st, 2016 in Fort Worth. OU 52, TCU 46

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When you hear the term “game of runs”, the box score from this one should immediately show up.

TCU blew the doors off the 1-2 Sooners to start the game, taking a 21-7 lead out of the 1st quarter. Baker Mayfield and the Sooners charged back with an absurd 42-3 run, the likes of which I’ve never seen.

Somehow, the Frogs refused to die, responding right back with three touchdowns of their own in the 4th quarter to cut the OU lead to 3. Baker Mayfield closed out the game with a long drive ending in a Austin Seibert field goal to put away the Frogs for good.

Why You Should Care

Since 2000, OU has played in only four Top 10 matchups in Norman. We get number five on Saturday. Saturday’s game against the Frogs isn’t a fringe Top 10 game; this is #5 and #6. This game is obviously enormous for the Sooners; this is the last regular season Playoff hurdle left. Win this game and the path to winning out is a lot clearer.

Seriously, this is a game you need to stay for. Of all the endless Saturday’s you’ve had in Norman, there has never been a game as big as this (even if you are a super super senior and were here in 2012 for Notre Dame). When you were a freshmen thinking of how cool it would be to be at all the big football games, this game is the one you were thinking about. Logie’s can wait. Stick around, yell loud and enjoy the biggest game we’ve seen in Norman since 2008.

Prediction:

These games are always a battle. As I’ve said above, games between OU and TCU are always close. I honestly think this weekend’s battle will be more of the same.

TCU’s defense is easily the best in the Big 12, holding conference teams to an average of 12.5 points per game. However, is there actually any defense that can stop Baker Mayfield and that Oklahoma offense? Even the best defenses in the Big 12 can only hold OU to at best 30 points.

Does OU’s defense suck? Yeah. But Kenny Hill and TCU’s offense isn’t exactly to be feared. All the defense has to do is hold this anemic offense (well, by Big 12 standards) to just enough points to fall under what Baker puts up.

I think the most dominant unit wins. OU, 42-38.