This is it; the end of the regular season has arrived. The Oklahoma Sooners travel to Fort Worth, Texas to be hosted by the TCU Horned Frogs in their Big 12 season finale on Saturday. The last time the Sooners traveled to Fort Worth was 1998, which resulted in a 10-9 Sooner win. The Frogs are 1-4 against the Sooners at home.
The Frogs have done well in their first season in a new conference (7-4), despite some bumps in the road player-wise. They have also been one of the hardest teams to scout because of the up and down play. Besides their non-conference games, they looked pretty impressive against the Baylor Bears. But had a not-so-impressive game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (56-53 loss in triple OT) the very next week.
They are coming off a huge Thanksgiving Day win against the Texas Longhorns, so their players will have momentum going into the game and definitely a re-surging support from their fan base. The game is said to be sold-out, but TCU is still offering standing room only tickets.
The Frogs QB, Trevone Boykin, could be a major factor in the game. Boykin, a freshman, came in mid-season to replace Casey Paschall due to off-the-field issues. He doesn’t have the most impressive numbers with 1622 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions but he likes to run. His run game is what helped them defeat the Longhorns last week. And the Oklahoma defense hasn’t had the best of luck handling the run game lately. Their leading rusher, yards-wise is B.J. Catalon, who has 511 yards and his only touchdown was a receiving one. Their lead-scoring rusher is Brandon Carter, with five TDs.
The Frogs also have a stud defensive end in Devonte Fields. Sooners head coach Bob Stoops acknowledged how well Fields has been playing all season in his weekly press conference on Monday. Fields leads the Big 12 with nine sacks.
What the Sooners need is for quarterback Landry Jones to continue on his crazy-numbers streak. In the last two games, Jones has over 1000 yards, with 10 touchdowns and was basically one of the main reasons the Sooners won. At the beginning of the season, it was almost like Jones let his mistakes get to him mentally and would continue to make errors. That seems to be a thing of the past, after the interception in last weekend’s Bedlam match-up; he brushed it off and kept going. Keep in mind that the Frogs do lead the Big 12 on interceptions with 20 and that secondary will be looking to do just that against Jones. If Jones has another record day in Fort Worth, I see it hard for the Frogs to keep up offensively.
The Sooners defense is going to have to play like Jones won’t be the clutch-piece in the puzzle this week. They’ve allowed an obscene amount of points, 131 to be exact, over the last three weeks to be scored on them. What they don’t need is for Jones to have to dig them out of another hole.
Both a Big 12 title and a BCS game are possibilities for the Sooners going in on Saturday and coupled with the Frogs coming off a huge win, this should be a great game.