Oklahoma vs. TCU prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in Saturday’s big-time Big 12 game between the Sooners and Horned Frogs.
This had the potential to be a top-10 matchup, but it’s lost some of its luster with both teams having their issues. Still, it possesses huge ramifications for the Big 12 race. Oklahoma needs this one more, having already dropped two games. TCU is 3-1, but those wins have come against FCS foe South Dakota State, Iowa State and SMU. The Horned Frogs are probably still the conference’s best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff if they run the table, but that’s not going to happen as the Sooners win a high-scoring affair.
Only once has Bob Stoops lost back-to-back regular season games as a head coach. That was in 1999, his first year with the Sooners. Oklahoma has looked nothing but flawed this year, but it’s tough to go against that history. Also, though better over the past two games, TCU is still working on shoring up its pass defense. The Sooners take a close one, welcoming TCU to the club of preseason darlings who won’t reach the CFP.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, so Oklahoma and Baker Mayfield have not been great to start the season. But there aren’t too many teams capable of beating Ohio State right now anyway. Watch Baker Mayfield tear up the Horned Frogs. I picked Arkansas to beat TCU, and I got that right. So, I’m sorry Frogs fans, but I’m going against TCU again. The Sooners are favored by 3.5, but I’m picking them to win by 10.
There hasn’t been one aspect of this Sooners squad that has impressed me, so it’s no surprise that they are sitting with two losses before the end of September. Missing KaVontae Turpin will hurt the Horned Frogs, but Kenny Hill will have a strong game playing at home. And Gary Patterson’s defense will make things difficult for Baker Mayfield and Co. The Horned Frogs will give up their share of yards, but OU will have to settle for one too many field goals in a TCU win.
My preseason pick of Baker Mayfield for the Heisman has been a bust. The Sooners are looking for answers after dropping to 1-2, but those were against two very good teams. Stoops will have the troops fired up, and they will come away with the win.