After a huge comeback win over the Texas Longhorns in Dallas, the Oklahoma Sooners are looking to stay focused amid distractions as they face Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs. The rise of Caleb Williams, the future of Spencer Rattler and the ingenuity of the OU Daily have ruled the headlines all week, but avoiding a letdown against a well-coached team will be no small task.
Take it away, Toby.
Time & TV: Saturday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC
Commentary: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe
Line: Oklahoma -13.5 (as of Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT)
On paper, an offense that has found its stride on the ground should feast on a TCU defense that has allowed over 200 rushing yards per game this season. Unfortunately for the Sooners, Patterson has never made things easy for an OU offense, and it’ll be interesting to see what he cooks up for this one. With that in mind, I don’t expect the OU offense or Caleb Williams to ever find complete comfort, but the personnel disparity should win the day in the end.
On the other side, OU’s issues at corner remain, but Max Duggan isn’t the man to make them pay (or at least not to the full extent). While he’s a solid quarterback who can give defenses fits with his legs, his deep ball accuracy leaves a bit to be desired. OU’s athletes on defense should also do enough to corral him and prevent him from extending too many plays.
Oklahoma 44, TCU 28