Oklahoma is a 7-point favorite over the TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday.
ESPN’s analysts that picked the game on Thursday, however, don’t think it’ll be nearly that close. Jake Trotter and Sam Khan, Jr. each picked Oklahoma to win by a comfortable margin.
“Gary Patterson will have his team ready to play, and if there’s a defensive scheme to slow down Baker Mayfield, he’ll find it,” Trotter wrote. “Problem is, that scheme might not exist.” He predicts the Sooners to win 42-27, just three points less than they won by in the first meeting.
Khan predicted a 34-24 Oklahoma win, although he doesn’t think the Sooners will jump down the Frogs’ throats like they did in Norman. “I don’t imagine TCU will run into the kind of buzzsaw it did in the first meeting,” Khan wrote. “That said, the Sooners are still the better team. When you have someone who has played as stellar as Mayfield has all season long, it’s hard to bet against the Sooners.”
ESPN’s analysts aren’t the only ones to pick Oklahoma to win comfortably. Two experts over at FOX picked the Sooners to win the national title, beating TCU in the process.
The teams will settle it on the field at 11 a.m. CT from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.
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