Here are five things Oklahoma fans should know ahead of this week’s matchup at TCU:
OU and TCU have played a lot recently
This is the third time in 12 games for TCU to suit up against the Sooners. Oklahoma defeated the Horned Frogs 38-20 in Norman on Nov. 11. The two teams then met three weeks later in Arlington for the Big 12 Championship, a game the Sooners won 41-17. Overall, Oklahoma has won four straight against Gary Patterson’s squad, including six of its last seven in the series.
A streak is on the line
The last time Oklahoma lost to TCU was also the last time it lost a true road game: Oct. 4, 2014. Trevor Knight was OU’s quarterback that day, and had a very characteristic stat line: 14-of-35 for 309 yards, one touchdown and two picks. Since that day, the Sooners have won 17 straight true road games along the way. The Horned Frogs were one of the best teams in the country that year, losing only to Baylor in a classic 61-58 battle that would have lasting consequences on the inaugural College Football Playoff.
TCU isn’t nearly as good this year as it was in 2014. The Horned Frogs are 3-3, but their lone P5 win came against Iowa State at home in a 17-14 battle. Quarterback Shawn Robinson has had trouble holding on to the ball and has eight interceptions to just nine touchdown passes.
Different type of quarterback
Oklahoma fans might have gotten used to Kenny Hill slinging the ball around the field over the last couple years. For as much criticism as Hill took, he won a lot of games for the Horned Frogs and was efficient enough to get the job done vs most teams.
Robinson will be a completely different look. He’ll use his legs as much as he does his arm, and he’ll need to do so to keep OU’s new-look defense off balanced. He’s rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries so far this season. Unfortunately for TCU, his dual-threat nature hasn’t translated into good offense. The Horned Frogs enter this game with the nation’s No. 94 overall offense, per S&P+.
TCU still has offensive weapons
Even with Robinson’s struggles, TCU still has a couple pieces OU should be weary of. Receiver Jalen Reagor, a former OU commit, is the top name to keep track of. He’s Robinson’s favorite target and has 36 catches for 424 yards and three scores on the year. The other name is KaVontae Turpin. Also a receiver, TCU likes to use the 5-foot-9 Turpin in creative ways. The Sooners should be prepared for any number of trick plays surrounding him, and also be ready for his game-changing speed on special teams. He has five career special teams touchdowns, including a punt return score earlier this season.
OU’s offensive line will need to show up
Per offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh this week, the Sooners’ front played their best game of the season last Saturday against Texas. That unit won’t get much of a reprieve this week in Fort Worth. TCU has at least one edge rusher to watch out for: Ben Banogu. Assuming no schematic changes, Banogu will line up across from right tackle Cody Ford on Saturday, and could wreak havoc if Ford is not playing well. Banogu is an NFL prospect who is currently tied for fourth in the conference with 4.5 sacks. TCU defensive tackle Corey Bethley is also in the top 10 with three sacks.
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