OU football at TCU: Broadcast info, betting lines, matchup breakdown
Oklahoma at TCU
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
TV: ABC (KOCO-5, Cox 8/HD 705, Dish 5, DirecTV 5, U-verse 5/HD 1005)
Line: OU by 6½
Record: 1-2, 1-2 Big 12
Best player: Quarterback Max Duggan was initially ruled out indefinitely after a longtime heart condition was found during COVID-19 testing procedures. Duggan had a procedure to address the condition and rejoined the team, but didn’t start the season opener against Iowa State. But when Duggan came on in relief in that game, he gave the Horned Frogs’ offense an instant lift with three touchdown passes. Since then, it’s been more difficult — Duggan has thrown for 385 yards and no touchdowns combined in a win over Texas and a loss to Kansas State — but Duggan remains a dangerous threat.
The case for TCU: Duggan is mobile and the Sooners have struggled against mobile quarterbacks. Last year, he ran for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Sooners. Though the OU offense has more firepower, and the Horned Frogs have allowed nearly 30 points per game, the Sooners haven’t shown the ability to put opponents away. OU has struggled majorly in the fourth quarter of games and if TCU is within striking distance late, the Horned Frogs are good enough to pull off the win, especially with a Gary Patterson-coached defense on the other side.
The case for Oklahoma: While the Sooners defense has had extended periods of struggle, especially late in the game, they’ve been tough to consistently move the ball against and TCU doesn’t have a quick-strike offense. Duggan struggled passing against the Sooners last year, completing just seven of 21 passes for 65 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. The Sooners have won six consecutive games against the Horned Frogs, winning by an average of 13 points. OU has also generally responded well after playing Texas. The Sooners have won their game immediately following the Red River Showdown and in five consecutive seasons and 20 of the last 21.
Ryan Aber, Staff writer
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