Playing on national TV in primetime never gets old if you’re in the college football world. TCU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) gets that opportunity when it travels to No. 4 Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) on Saturday night.
TCU coach Gary Patterson acknowledged it’s a big stage for his players even if it doesn’t necessarily change his mindset.
“Once the ball kicks off, we don’t know there’s TV cameras on us. At least I don’t,” Patterson said. “It’s all about how do you manage the game and how do you coach and how do you play and get ready to go? There’s always a lot of energy in that stadium.
“One of the things that happens against Oklahoma is if you come too charged up, then bad things happen to you. You can fall into a hole very quickly, so you’ve got to be under control to play there.”
TCU has played OU close in Norman for the most part since joining the Big 12. Outside of a 38-20 loss in 2017, the other three games have been decided by four points or less including a 28-24 loss in 2019.
More importantly, TCU is simply trying to ride its momentum from a victory at Texas Tech last week.
“It was a really big win,” TCU safety T.J. Carter said. “The last two games, it wasn’t like we got beat by a lot. They were one score games, so we have to find a way to win the close games. We knew coming into the season how equal the conference is that we were going to have to win multiple games by less than seven points.”
With that being said, here’s everything you need to know going into it:
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
TV: ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe)
Radio: WBAP/820 AM, Sirius 133, XM 199 (Brian Estridge, John Denton, J.W. Wilson)
Spanish Radio: Zona MX/99.1 FM (Miguel Cruz, Elvis Gallegos)
The line: Oklahoma by 13 1/2 points, over/under 65 (per VegasInsider.com’s consensus line Thursday)
DID YOU KNOW?
Since joining the Big 12, six of the nine regular-season games between TCU and Oklahoma have been decided by seven points or less. ... TCU RB Zach Evans is the first Horned Frog since 2002 with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games. ... TCU has won 45 games on the road since 2009. That is tied for third nationally. ... OU owns the all-time series 16-5. ... TCU wide receivers coach Malcolm Kelly played at Oklahoma where he was a two-time All-Big 12 selection and a 2005 freshman All-American. ... OU is averaging 41.2 points per game, while TCU is averaging 38.4. ... The last time TCU defeated a top 5 opponent was in 2014, a 37-33 victory over OU in Fort Worth.
Lincoln Riley is 5-0 in his career against TCU. He’s been able to find and exploit the mismatches. It’s hard to envision TCU’s defense getting on track against OU. Yes, the Sooners have a “quarterback controversy” this week but that won’t matter if TCU can’t slow down Kennedy Brooks. And Brooks has shown to run well against TCU early on in his college career. The Sooners win, but the Frogs will keep it respectable. Oklahoma 38, TCU 30.
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