1) TCB. Taking care of business. Please stop all the premature bowl talk, the scheduling of Nebraska a life time away, and the never ending coaching carousel. What does any of this mean if the Sooners lose Saturday in Ft. Worth?
2) Long and winding road. Stoops Troops have played superbly on the road this year. Winning on the road was a media story when that wasn’t the case but now it’s overlooked by most of the scribes. Winning at TCU will be a chore.
3) Johnson and Thompson. As in offensive tackles Lane Johnson and Tyrus Thompson who must continue to have stellar days against speedy, aggressive Horned Frog defensive ends/play makers. Obviously, TCU will rush QB Landry Jones like scalded dogs come Saturday. The answer…run the ball ala OSU…when it counts.
4) The clock. Easiest way to defend OU is to keep Oklahoma’s offense seated. TCU’s running game and play action passing attack cannot be allow to stay on the field and significantly reduce the number of snaps for the Sooners. Can Sooner D create ample three and outs?
5) History. In the past, the Oklahoma defense has been susceptible to running, athletic QB’s and crossing patterns in the passing game. Both will be prevalent on Saturday. Expect the manhood of OU’s interior defense to be challenged. Tackling, especially, on the edge is another key.
6) The Environment. Has nothing with ‘going green’ and everything about not ‘going purple.’ TCU expects their biggest crowd ever Saturday on Senior Day in their final home game of the year. What does TCU have to lose? Nothing. Coach Gary Patterson, one of the best game day coaches in the business, will have his freshman and sophomore laden team jacked to the max. Beating Texas and OU in consecutive game is amazing motivation. Big plays and causing a timely turnover keeps TCU in the game.
7) Landry Jones. It’s only fitting that the football Gods facilitate one of Oklahoma’s greatest signal callers ever to again put this team on his shoulders and exploit the young, TCU secondary. A timely running game helps that agenda. Can OU get one more great outing from their MASH unit offensive line?
The endless talk of bowl games, bowl trading, the Huskers back on the schedule seemingly along with a plethora of non TCU issues have dotted the headlines and social media this week. I know OU’s coaches have worked over time to point out the importance and added significance of Saturday’s game to their players. One can only hope that the kids have bought in to the truth which is that OU vs. TCU is, without argument, the biggest game of the year.
OU by 5 in an emotionally charged, physical, Slobber-Knocker of a Big 12 finale.
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