The last two seasons have featured great match ups between the Sooners and Horned Frogs. In 2014 TCU defeated Oklahoma 37-33 thanks to an early fourth quarter pick six by linebacker Paul Dawson. Last seasons game came down to the wire as the Sooners survived a late rally by the Horned Frogs to win 30-29 after a failed 2-point conversion by TCU. Now this season we shouldn’t expect any less of a game.
Heading into the 2016 campaign, both the Horned Frogs and Sooners are predicted to be the leaders of the Big 12. However the deciding factor to see who will be the top team in the conference may come down to week five on October 1st when Oklahoma marches into Fort Worth.
The Sooners will come in with an offense just as explosive as last year. The only major loss in fire power was receiver Sterling Shepard. Yet Heisman Trophy candidate Baker Mayfield will be back to lead the offense with two of the best running backs in the Big 12, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, in the backfield.
Oklahoma’s biggest question marks are with their defense. While they will have six returning starter, the Sooners still must replace four first-team All-Big 12 selections. Lat season Oklahoma allowed just 4.8 yards per play which ranked fifth in the country. This success will be hard to repeat, especially when losing guys like Eric Striker who had 19 tackles for loss last season.
TCU’s concerns on the other hand are in their offense. Still unknown who will be the new starting quarterback for the Horned Frogs, either Foster Sawyer or Kenny Hill. Many believe Hill will ultimately be named the starter. Along with losing Trevone Boykin at quarterback, TCU also lost receivers Josh Doctson and Kolby Listenbee. However the Horned Frogs are in luck, with the exception on Listenbee, neither Boykin or Doctson played last season against the Sooners.
Defensively, TCU comes back with a very experienced group of guys. Injuries last year forced a lot of young players to step up sooner than expected. Now the Horned Frogs are heathy with young guys that know what it is like to play in big games.
This game could likely be the only loss one of these teams suffer this season. A win puts you in the drivers seat for the Big 12 and control of your own destiny. A loss, and you are forced to play catchup and put your hope in other teams.
Make no mistake, this will be a close hard fought game. With how the the previous two years have looked you could bet it might come down to which team has the ball last.
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