The first meeting between Lincoln Riley and Gary Patterson is setting up to be one of the best games of the college football season.
No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 TCU will battle at 8 p.m. ET, Saturday, at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in a series that’s been nothing but competitive since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012.
Oklahoma has won 4 of its last 5 against TCU, however, neither Oklahoma nor TCU has been able to post a double-digit victory in that span. The average margin of victory in those games has been by 4.2 points.
As close as the series has been since the Frogs entered the Big 12 ranks, no meeting between Oklahoma and TCU carries more weight than Saturday’s primetime clash.
The loser of Saturday’s game will have their College Football Playoff hopes dashed, while the winner should have as good a case as any team in the country to be ranked in the top four.
Oddsmakers favor Oklahoma in this contest by a touchdown, but history would favor the Sooners as well.
The Sooners are 17-5 in the month of November when they and their opponent are both ranked in the top 10. That number goes down to 6-2 when only counting road games.
The last time the Sooners played in a November top-10 matchup in Norman, Oklahoma, was against Texas Tech in 2008.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is hoping the fans are more loud Saturday than they were nearly a decade ago when the Red Raiders came to town.
The matchup will pit one of the country’s best offenses against one of the country’s best defenses. But if the past decade has been any indication, this is a game the Sooners should win.
Oklahoma’s record in November in top-10 matchups
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