Will the Sooner defense get a chance to redeem itself this season?
For the past three weeks the Sooners have been giving up yardage by the acre. Over the past three weeks, Oklahoma has given up 420 yards of offense to Baylor, 778 yards to West Virginia and 490 yards to Oklahoma State.
When the Sooners visit TCU this weekend, they’ll face a much more pedestrian offense from the Horned Frogs. TCU ranks in the middle of the pack in most offensive categories. 53rd is scoring, 55th in passing and 64th in rushing.
"They're doing a lot of the same things that everybody else is doing,” said Oklahoma defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops. “In this league, there are a lot of similarities in teams. This quarterback even brings a stronger dimension in the quarterback run game than we saw a week ago. The quarterback draw has been problematic for us and their offense has shown the ability for their quarterback to run the ball. They will do what they have to do and we have to make the right adjustments to try to contain the run game."
Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin is another duel-threat. Boykin has thrown for over 16-hundred yards this season and has 14 touchdown passes. But, last week in the win against Texas, he was the Frogs leading rusher with 77 yards. That was a ball game that TCU only attempted ten passes.
"Their quarterback is a guy who I think has come in and done a really good job,” said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. “It’ll be another difficult preparation on both sides of the ball and kicking. They do everything really well, so it’s another challenge going down to play at their place Saturday for the last game.”
When looking at the numbers, TCU is passing for 240 yards per game and is rushing for 161 yards per game. On the ground, B.J. Catalon is averaging 46.5 yards per outing and Mathew Tucker is averaging 46.7 yards an outing. Josh Boyce is TCU’s leading receiver averaging 68.7 yards per game.
“Well, they'll do what's necessary,” said Mike Stoops. “Their quarterback is a very gifted player. He reminds you a lot of Golson (Notre Dame) and his ability to run and make plays with his feet and he has a very live arm. Accuracy and being confident is an ongoing process for a young player, but he can make all the throws."
Several Sooner players say they’re looking forward to the visit to Forth Worth. Many in fact come to the Sooners from the Metroplex.
OU's Casey Walker is anxious for his visit to Fort Worth
“TCU was one of my first offers out of high school so it’ll be nice to go down there, said Senior Defensive Tackle Casey Walker. “There’s been some rebuilding to the stadium since the last time I’ve seen it. It should be one of those fun ones. I’ve got family in Fort Worth so we’ll get to see what’s going on down there.”
I look for the Sooner offense to continue to roll and the Sooner defense to patch a few holes and have an impressive showing. Look for the Sooners to win this one, 42-17.