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Know Your Enemy: TCU

TCU linebacker Travin Howard (32) tackles SMU quarterback Matt Davis during their game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Know Your Enemy: TCU

Sooners, Horned Frogs Meet In College Football Playoff Quarterfinal

WHO: Texas Christian University (8-1)

WHEN: Saturday, November 11th @ 7:00 PM CT

WHERE:Norman, Oklahoma


SCOUTING TCU: The matchup is finally here. Ever since TCU went into Stillwater and handled the Cowboys, this game has been circled by many as one with major Playoff implications. The young offensive wizard goes up against the only coach in the Big 12 that has consistently coached up defense. Oklahoma and TCU will be a battle of strengths and a battle of weaknesses. Which side gives in first?

Kenny Hill has been phenomenal for much of this year. However, the last two weeks, his accuracy beyond ten yards has dropped drastically. This was one of the main reasons TCU was not able to escape Ames. Hill will need to get back to being able to stretch the defense with the deep ball as Oklahoma has proven that they will provide a few coverage busts a game. Running backs Darius Anderson and Kyle Hicks have taken some of the load off of Hill as both average over five yards per carry. TCU’s offense is predicated on attacking sideline-to-sideline in order to open up holes in the middle of the field to run the football. Mike Stoops will need to minimize TCU’s effort to spread the defense out. If TCU can create a numbers matchup in the box, their entire playbook will be opened up.

This is by far the best defense Oklahoma will have played to this point. This is another one of those Gary Patterson defenses that does not beat themselves at all. If you recall, it took Lincoln Riley motioning a wide receiver across the field in 2015 in order to get the Horned Frogs’ safeties to even bite on Sterling Shepard. With the way Oklahoma’s offense is playing right now, TCU will need to choose one of two things: Stop the run or stop the intermediate passing game. Linebackers Travin Howard and Ty Summers may be able to allow TCU to do a little bit of both, but Patterson would be playing with fire to try anything other than what Oklahoma State did last week. Look for the Horned Frogs to commit seven to the run game. Oklahoma State put out that blueprint to stop Oklahoma’s running game. However, they weren’t able to stop Baker Mayfield.

The story of this game: Can TCU beat Baker Mayfield? Sure, it will take an entire team effort for the Sooners to take down TCU, even at home. With the way Mayfield is playing, it will always be about teams beating him. Oklahoma’s defense will do enough for Mayfield to be able to win, but can TCU’s defense do enough to slow him down? This is one of the biggest games in TCU history. Norman is expected to respond to Baker Mayfield’s call. It should be a crazy one for two teams with College Football Playoff aspirations.


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