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Oklahoma vs. TCU: Complete Game Preview

Tom GuthrieContributor IIINovember 29, 2012

Oklahoma vs. TCU: Complete Game Preview

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    For the Oklahoma Sooners and TCU Horned Frogs, the final game of the regular season brings a great challenge but also a great opportunity. 

    For OU, a win in Fort Worth keeps the possibilities of a Big 12 title and BCS berth alive and healthy, while a loss would be a hollow finish to an eventful, nail-biting regular season.

    TCU, meanwhile, relishes the opportunity to topple the other Big 12 giant after beating Texas last week. A win over the Sooners at home on Senior Day would be oh-so-satisfying for this team as it caps off a trying Big 12 debut.

    It may not compare to the SEC Championship, but there's plenty of intrigue in this game. Here's all you need to know as you prepare to see these two squads go at it in their first Big 12 bout.  

Game-Day Info

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    Who: Oklahoma Sooners (9-2 overall, 7-1 Big 12) at TCU Horned Frogs (7-4, 4-4 Big 12) 

    When: Saturday, 11 a.m. CST 

    Where: Amon Carter Stadium (capacity 50,000), Forth Worth, Texas

    TV: ESPN: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Shannon Spake 

    Internet: WatchESPN (live stream)

    Radio: Sooner Sports Network affiliates

     

Oklahoma Depth Chart

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    OFFENSE

    QB: 12-Landry Jones, SR (6'4", 218)

    10-Blake Bell, SO (6'6", 254)

    15-Drew Allen, JR (6'5", 226)

    FB: 33-Trey Millard, JR (6'2", 256)

    48-Aaron Ripkowski, SO (6'1", 260)

    RB: 26-Damien Williams, JR (6', 208)

    24-Brennan Clay, JR (5'11", 201) (Probable with leg injury, according to USA Today)

    8-Dominique Whaley, SR (5'11", 204)

    WR: 4-Kenny Stills, JR (6'1", 190)

    17-Trey Metoyer, FR (6'1", 190)

    18-Lacolton Bester, JR (6'3", 205)

    WR: 19-Justin Brown, SR (6'3", 209)

    13-Durron Neal, FR (5'11", 201)

    WR: 18-Jalen Saunders, JR (5'9", 160)

    3-Sterling Shepard, FR (5'10", 188) OR 22-Roy Finch, JR (5'7", 175)

    TE: 82-Brannon Green, JR (6'2", 250)

    LT: 69-Lane Johnson, SR (6'7", 303)

    71-Tyrus Thompson, SO (6'5", 303)

    LG: 74-Adam Shead, SO (6'4", 307)

    50-Austin Woods, JR (6'4", 293)

    C: 64-Gabe Ikard, JR (6'3", 288)

    56-Ty Darlington, FR (6'3", 266)

    50-Austin Woods, JR (6'4", 293) 

    RG: 50-Bronson Irwin, JR (6'5", 307)

    50-Austin Woods, JR (6'4", 293)

    RT: 71-Daryl Williams, SO (6'5", 303)

    72-Derek Farniok, R-FR (6'9", 319)

     

    DEFENSE

    RE: 98-Chuka Ndulue, SO (6'3", 256)

    11-R.J. Washington, SR (6'3", 256)

    RT: 53-Casey Walker, SR (6'2", 309)

    92-Stacy McGee, SR (6'4", 299)

    80-Jordan Phillips, R-FR (6'6", 318)

    LT: 97-Jamarkus McFarland, SR (6'2, 288)

    92-Stacy McGee, SR (6'4", 299)

    90-David King, SR (6'5", 286)

    LE: 90-David King, SR (6'5", 286) (Questionable with ankle injury, according to USA Today)

    84-Mike Onuoha, FR (6'5", 235)

    85-Geneo Grissom, SO (6'4", 247)

    OLB: 7-Corey Nelson, JR (6'1", 219)

    25-Aaron Franklin, SO (6'1", 212) OR 5-Joseph Ibiloye, SR (6'3", 218)

    MLB: 21-Tom Wort, JR (6', 237)

    20-Frank Shannon, R-FR (6'1", 230) OR 44-Jaydan Bird, SR (6'2", 236)

    Nickelback: 9-Gabe Lynn, JR (6', 199)

    2-Julian Wilson, SO (6'2", 191)

    23-Kass Everett, JR (5'10", 180)

    RCB: 14-Aaron Colvin, JR (6', 181)

    27-Gary Simon, FR (6'1", 180)

    LCB: 6-Demontre Hurst, SR (5'10", 183)

    15-Lamar Harris, SR (6'1", 186)

    26-Zack Sanchez, FR (5'11", 170)

    SS: 30-Javon Harris, SR (5'11", 206)

    9-Gabe Lynn, JR (6', 199)

    FS: 1-Tony Jefferson, JR (5'11", 212)

    42-Jesse Paulsen, SR (6', 193)

     

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K: 18-Michael Hunnicutt, SO (6', 173)

    47-Eric Hosek, R-FR (5'10", 5'10", 150)

    P: 36-Tress Way, SR (6'1", 215)

    37-Dylan Seibert, R-FR (6'3", 215)

    KO: 18-Michael Hunnicutt, SO (6', 173)

    KR: 22-Roy Finch, JR (5'7", 175)

    24-Brennan Clay, JR (5'11", 201)

    PR: 19-Justin Brown, SR (6'3", 209)

    18-Jalen Saunders, JR (5'9", 160)

    H: 36-Tress Way, SR (6'1", 215)

    10-Blake Bell, SO (6'6", 254)

    PS: 31-Daniel Franklin, SR (6'2", 224)

    KS: 50-Austin Woods, JR (6'4", 293)

    Via Soonersports.com

TCU Depth Chart

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    OFFENSE

    QB: 2-Trevone Boykin, R-FR (6'2", 215)

    10-Matt Brown, SO (6'1", 189)

    12-Tyler Matthews, FR (6'3", 215)

    RB: 29-Matthew Tucker, SR (6'1", 227)

    23-B.J. Catalon, FR (5'9", 185)

    30-Aundre Dean, SR (6', 215)

    WR: 82-Josh Boyce, JR (6', 203)

    88-Cam White, SO (6'3", 200)

    WR: 85-LaDarius Brown, R-FR (6'4", 220)

    7-Kolby Listenbee, FR (6'1", 185)

    WR: 11-Skye Dawson, SR (5'9", 183)

    14-David Porter, SO (6', 195)

    WR: 3-Brandon Carter, SO (5'11", 161)

    15-David Bush, R-FR (5'9", 180)

    LT: 59-Tayo Fabuluje, SO (6'7", 315)

    74-Halapoulivaati Vaitai, FR (6'6", 305)

    LG: 73-Eric Tausch, JR (6'3", 300)

    56-Joey Hunt, FR (6'3", 285)

    65-Brady Foltz, R-FR (6'4", 300)

    C: 64-James Fry, SR (6'3", 305)

    56-Joey Hunt, FR (6'3", 285)

    RG: 66-Blaize Foltz, SR (6'4", 310)

    75-John Wooldridge, JR (6'5" 310)

    77-Jamelle Naff, R-FR (6'4", 311)

    RT: 69-Aviante Collins, FR (6'6", 310)

    74-Halapoulivaati Vaitai, FR (6'6", 305)

    TE: 86-Corey Fuller, SR (6'6", 255)

    87-Griffin Gilbert, FR (6'5", 220)

    43-Cliff Murphy, SO (6'4", 280)

     

    DEFENSE

    LE: 90-Stansly Maponga, JR (6'2", 265)

    40-James McFarland, FR (6'3", 240)

    DT: 96-Chucky Hunter, SO (6'1", 305)

    98-Jon Lewis, SO (6'2", 290)

    DT: 57-Davion Pierson, R-FR (6'2", 305)

    53-David Johnson, SO (6'2", 270) (Out indefinitely with undisclosed injury, according to USA Today)

    99-Terrell Lathan, FR (6'5", 260)

    RE: 95-Devonte Fields, FR (6'4", 240)

    97-Jon Koontz, JR (6'2", 265)

    91-Matt Anderson, SO (6'3", 245)

    MLB: 36-Joel Hasley, SO (6'1", 220)

    47-Paul Dawson, SO (6'2", 230)

    SLB: 51- Kenny Cain, SR (6'1", 225)

    19-Antonio Graves, SO (6'2", 214)

    CB: 2-Jason Verrett, JR (5'10", 180)

    20-Deante' Gray, FR (5'10", 180)

    CB: 25-Kevin White, SO (5'10", 174)

    2-Jason Verrett, JR (5'10", 180)

    SS: 17-Sam Carter, SO (6'1", 220)

    26-Derrick Kindred, FR (5'10", 202)

    4-Jordan Moore, FR (6'3" 210)

    FS: 6-Elisha Olabode, JR (5'10", 192)

    28-Geoff Hooker, SO (5'10", 180)

    WS: 1-Chris Hackett, R-FR (6'2", 200)

    41-Jonathan Anderson, SO (6'3", 208)

    23-Trent Thomas, JR (5'11", 190)

     

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    K: 33-Jaden Oberkrom, FR (6'3", 182)

    24-Ryan DeNucci, SO (5'10", 190)

    SN: 50-Daniel Shelley, SR (6'1", 228)

    H: 31-Cale Patterson, SR (5'11", 185)

    KO: 33-Jaden Oberkrom, FR (6'3", 182)

    P: 37-Ethan Perry, FR (6'4", 230)

    31-Cale Patterson, SR (5'11", 185)

    KR: 11-Skye Dawson, SR (5'9", 183)

    82-Josh Boyce, JR (6', 203)

    PR: 11-Skye Dawson, SR (5'9", 183)

    Deante' Gray, FR (5'10", 180)

    3-Brandon Carter, SO (5'11", 161)

    Via grfx.cstv.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


What Happened to the Sooners Last Week

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    There's a reason they call it "Bedlam." The 2012 version of Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State gave fans all they could ask for and more. The duel was an offensive shootout that required overtime. When the dust settled, the Sooners left the field with a thrilling 51-48 victory.

    The story of the day once again was Landry Jones. The senior threw for an even 500 yards and three touchdowns. Jones benefited from great protection en route to another superb performance.

    The Sooner receiving corps turned in another great day as well. Four receivers caught at least five passes. Jalen Saunders, Justin Brown and Kenny Stills all surpassed 100 yards receiving in the game.  

    As the legendary John Madden said, winning is a great deodorant, and Sooner fans will savor a win like this for a while. But the OU defense struggled mightily for the second week in a row against the Cowboys.

    The rush defense is the most glaring problem. A week after being utterly humiliated by West Virginia's Tavon Austin, Oklahoma yielded more than 100 yards and four touchdowns to OSU tailback Joseph Randle.

    But a win is a win, and the Sooners have shown impressive endurance this season. As a result of their success, they are within striking distance of another Big 12 title and BCS berth.

What Happened to the Horned Frogs Last Week

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    The Horned Frogs are riding high after upsetting in-state foe Texas in Austin. Regardless of how the rest of the season plays out, beating the Longhorns at home is something to be proud of.

    Despite churning out one yard fewer offensively than Texas, TCU benefited from four UT turnovers, the last one being an interception by Sam Carter to ice the game. Both TCU touchdowns came after Texas turnovers. Kicker Jaden Oberkrom provided two clutch field goals.

    In addition to opportunistic defense, Texas Christian also had an impressive day running the football. Quarterback Trevone Boykin led a group effort that resulted in 217 total rushing yards.

    Having success in the ground game and forcing turnovers are sure ways to win games, and TCU did both against the Horns Thanksgiving night. 

    Beating UT was even more impressive considering what TCU had been through in recent weeks. Before this game, coach Gary Patterson and Co. experienced a triple-overtime loss to Texas Tech, a defeat to Oklahoma State, a one-point win over West Virginia in double overtime and a two-touchdown loss to Kansas State since Oct. 20.

What It Means to Both Teams

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    Although this may not be as high-stakes as a certain other game taking place Saturday (like the one in Atlanta), plenty is on the line for both teams. 

    For Oklahoma, a win and a Texas victory over Kansas State gives the Sooners the Big 12 title and automatic BCS berth. If OU wins and K-State wins, there's a good chance we'll be seeing both teams in BCS bowls. 

    On the other side, this is TCU's first conference tiff with the Sooners, and they are eager to get off to a good start in what should be a compelling matchup down the road. It's the last game of the regular season, at home, against a Big 12 beast. What would be a sweeter ending to a regular season than beating Texas and Oklahoma in consecutive weeks and spoiling OU's shot at the conference title?

    Expect nothing less than a fiercely competitive game. This year marks the 12th meeting between the programs, with the last four contests being split evenly. Both teams will be fired up and intent on entering bowl season on a high note. 

Key Player for Oklahoma

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    Landry Jones

    Make no mistake, the Sooners' hopes have ridden on the right arm of Landry Jones all season. When Jones is on his game, OU can hang with anybody. Even when the defense simply can't stop the other team, as was the case against West Virginia, OU's offense has the firepower to come out on top. 

    Not surprisingly, OU's two losses this year, to Kansas State and Notre Dame, were the games that produced his two lowest passer ratings of the season. Against the Wildcats, Jones' two turnovers (one was a fumble returned for a touchdown) proved costly in a 24-19 loss.

    Against the Irish, Jones threw zero touchdowns and sealed the Sooners' fate by throwing an interception late in the fourth quarter.

    If the offensive line does its job, as it has all year, and Jones' receivers continue to play inspired football, expect Jones to have another statistically gaudy performance and lead OU to a fifth consecutive win.  

Key Player for TCU

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    Jason Verrett

    Cornerback Jason Verrett has been a key facet of the TCU secondary all season. He currently leads the team in interceptions (6) and pass breakups (13). His first-quarter interception at his own 6-yard line against Texas last week set up the Horned Frogs first touchdown drive and was one of the key plays in the low-scoring affair.

    The 2011 All-Mountain West honorable mention will need to have a good game against the Sooners for his team to have a chance to win. As the Sooners have demonstrated in recent games, they are capable of keeping pace with just about any offense. Therefore, it is crucial for the Frogs to slow down the OU attack and force turnovers.

    This will be much more likely to happen with pressure from the defensive line. If the front four can make Jones uncomfortable, he will force throws, giving the Frogs the chance to make him pay and create a very interesting game. Otherwise, it's hard to imagine the TCU offense being able to keep up with Oklahoma if the game turns into a track meet. 

Oklahoma Will Win If...

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    It all comes down to fundamentals for the Sooners. If the Sooners establish the run game with Damien Williams and Co., protect Landry Jones and take care of the ball, they will be well on their way to another impressive offensive output.

    Defensively, the Sooners simply need to get stops. Turnovers of course are ideal, but the goal should be getting the ball back into Landry Jones' hands as soon as possible so he can wear out the Frogs defense and take the crowd out of the game.

    Stopping, or at least limiting, the run game is key. If OU can force TCU to abandon the run game, the Sooners will make the Frogs one-dimensional, and Trevone Boykin will not be able to keep pace with Landry Jones.

TCU Will Win If...

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    Turnovers will be key in this game. It's likely we'll have a good idea of the outcome simply by looking at the turnovers in the box score. If the Horned Frogs can force one or more interceptions and/or fumbles, they will have a legitimate chance to win the game. If not, they face an uphill battle.

    For Trevone Boykin and the offense, the key is the run game. If B.J. Catalon and the stable of tailbacks can move the ball consistently, they will gain valuable momentum for TCU and, more importantly, keep the OU offense off the field. The priorities should be wearing down the suspect OU rush defense and chewing the clock. 

    Success in special teams could be another ingredient to victory. A Skye Dawson punt or kick return for a touchdown is the kind of play that is key in games like this; it generates precious momentum and can change the complexity of a game in a heartbeat.

Prediction

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    We should see an interesting game in the first Big 12 version of this rivalry in the making. Expect to see a few big plays from both teams early. For OU, don't be surprised to see a long Justin Brown or Jalen Saunders touchdown catch, and for TCU, never underestimate wideout Josh Boyce's big-play potential.

    Eventually, however, expect Landry Jones to continue to show chemistry with his talented receiving corps and chip away at the Horned Frog's secondary. 

    TCU, meanwhile, will have early success running the ball, but Oklahoma will make adjustments and commit to stopping the run. Boyce, Brandon Carter and others will benefit from more room to work and will make plays. 

    Ultimately, though, the OU defense will be able to make a few more stops than the TCU defense, and Jones and Co. will capitalize on their opportunities and create separation. 

    The game could be very close heading into the fourth quarter, but we will see the Sooner offense wear down the Frogs defense and close out the game strongly. 

    Oklahoma 35, TCU 24

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