Oklahoma-TCU Preview Capsule
Oklahoma (1-2, 0-0 Big 12) at No. 20 TCU (3-1, 1-0), 5 p.m. (Fox Sports)
Line: Oklahoma by 3½ .
Series record: Oklahoma leads 10-5.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
With a return trip to the College Football Playoff pretty much out of reach after two September losses, Oklahoma gets a fresh start in its pursuit of a 10th Big 12 title. TCU has the Big 12′s best overall (26-4) and conference records (16-3) since the start of the 2014 season. The Horned Frogs are 1-3 against Oklahoma as Big 12 foes, the three losses by a combined 11 points.
The transfer quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s second-year starter Baker Mayfield is the former Texas Tech transfer, and new TCU starter Kenny Hill began his college career at Texas A&M. Mayfield has passed for 793 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions this season after leading the Sooners to the four-team playoff last year. Hill is the only player nationally in the top 10 for total offense (413 yards per game), passing yards (1,487) and rushing touchdowns (six).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oklahoma: RB Joe Mixon is averaging 8.4 yards per carry, gaining 235 yards on only 28 carries. His career average of 7.01 yards per carry is the highest for a Sooner with at least 100 carries in coach Bob Stoops’ 18 seasons.
TCU: WR John Diarse, the junior transfer from LSU, had six catches for 139 yards at SMU. After taking a hit from an SMU player that got the defender ejected for targeting, Diarse was cleared to return and had a 75-yard TD catch to start the second half.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oklahoma has won 35 consecutive games following a regular-season loss. The Sooners last lost back-to-back games in 1999. ... Stoops (180 victories) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (146) are the winningest coaches for each school. ... RB Kyle Hicks leads TCU in rushing (314 yards) and receptions (20). ... The Sooners have won their last seven true road games since a 37-33 loss at TCU two years ago.
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