The Oklahoma Sooners will look to stay perfect at home this Saturday against TCU.
The Horned Frogs gave Oklahoma a scare last season, losing by just one touchdown, and this team put up a good fight against LSU to open the season.
That said, TCU has been inconsistent from week to week—as its 2-2 record indicates. Anything less than a team-wide stellar effort will result in a blowout loss at The Palace on the Prairie.
Oklahoma impressively cruised to a 4-0 record, blowing through its first three opponents before winning a statement game in South Bend against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Quarterback Blake Bell has been impressive the past couple of games, throwing six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Another impressive win for Oklahoma here in Week 6 could vault the Sooners up into the Top 10 of the national rankings.
When: Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 46.5 pts
- Spread: Oklahoma (-10.5)
TCU Horned Frogs Injury Report (via USA Today)
Out: Casey Pachall, QB (wrist); Michael Thompson, G (knee); Joel Hasley, LB (personal); Devonte Fields, DE (foot)
Doubtful: James Dunbar, T (ankle)
Probable: Jason Verrett, CB (shoulder)
Oklahoma Sooners Injury Report (via USA Today)
Out: Jake Reed, T (suspended); Jordan Smallwood, WR (foot); D.J. Ward, DE (splenectomy)
Questionable: Kendal Thompson, QB (foot)
Can TCU Shut Down Oklahoma's High-Powered Offense?
West Virginia is the only team that has been able to keep Oklahoma's offense in check to this point in the season. The Mountaineers forced four turnovers and brought consistent pressure on passing plays.
The Sooners only scored one touchdown in that game and won 16-7.
This is the kind of effort TCU must bring on Saturday if the team has any chance of winning on the road.
The Horned Frogs feature a scrappy defense that is capable of shutting down the running game. This defense ranks No. 26 in the nation against the run, allowing 115.8 yards per game and just four total touchdowns.
If Jason Verrett can battle through his shoulder injury and plays up to his normal high standard of excellence, then TCU could potentially shock the Sooners on Saturday.
The Sooners should romp at home against an inferior TCU squad.
Which team will win?
Blake Bell is really coming on strong since taking over a couple of games ago for Trevor Knight. His ability to make plays with his arm and his legs puts pressure on defenses, which ultimately end up making mistakes.
The Horned Frogs can't match Oklahoma's offensive capabilities, and it'll take a shutdown effort by the defense of TCU to pull off the huge upset.
These issues, combined with the daunting task of playing in front of thousands of rabid Sooners fans, will doom TCU this weekend.
Sooners win 31-17
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