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TCU Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson doesn’t recall ever having to prepare for an offense averaging more than 600 yards a game.
Well, he is now and it’s for a matchup of Big 12 co-leaders with likely playoff implications.
The No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs are 8-1 (5-1, No. 6 ranked in CFP), with the conference’s top defense and have already defeated three of the top 10 FBS offenses this season while holding them below their season averages for yards and points. The next challenge is a Saturday night showdown at No. 5 Oklahoma, against Heisman Trophy front-running quarterback Baker Mayfield and the nation’s most productive offense.
Mayfield had 274 yards passing with two touchdowns and ran for 55 yards and two more scores in the Sooners’ 52-46 win last year, the most points TCU gave up in 2016.
Oklahoma Sooners are also 8-1 (5-1, No. 5 ranked in CFP) and is averaging 608 yards a game and coming off a wild 62-52 win last week at No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mayfield had a school-record 598 yards passing and five touchdowns and he ran for another score.
In a league filled with big-plays and high-scoring offenses, the Frogs are allowing only 284 total yards and 13.9 points per game. They lead the nation in rushing defense, giving up only 69.7 yards per game and only four total touchdowns on the ground.
When TCU opened Big 12 play back in September with a 44-31 win at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys had 499 yards. That was 80 yards below their norm and two touchdowns short of their Big 12-best 45.3 points a game average. Oklahoma scores 45.0 points a game.
The Frogs have also gotten past top offensive teams West Virginia Mountaineers and SMU Mustangs and their only blemish wasn’t a blowout but a 14-7 loss against the Iowa State Cyclones in Iowa State. After Oklahoma, they go next week to Texas Tech to face the Red Raiders, another top-10 offense.
Prediction: Oklahoma Sooners: 38 TCU Horn Frogs: 31