Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) and TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) will battle in a de facto College Football Playoff elimination game on Saturday, November 11, in Norman, Oklahoma.
The colossal primetime showdown features one of the country’s best offenses against one of the country’s best defenses. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is enjoying plenty of success in his first season as the Sooners head man, but he’ll be opposite veteran TCU coach Gary Patterson on Saturday. The Sooners are led by Baker Mayfield and a powerful offense that is fresh off a 62-52 win over Oklahoma State last Saturday. Meanwhile, TCU handed Texas a 24-7 loss in Fort Worth Texas.
Oklahoma and TCU are ranked No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Barring massive chaos, the loser will be out of contention for the playoff. Although, if the loser wins out, these programs will more than likely see each other in Arlington, Texas, for the Big 12 championship game.
Find the game time, TV channel and streaming information below.
Oklahoma-TCU football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: Oklahoma vs. TCU will be televised on FOX.
Time: The game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT.
Live stream: A live stream of the Oklahoma-TCU game is available on FOX Sports Go.
Oklahoma-TCU football picks, odds
Odds: Oklahoma opened as a 7-point favorite on Bovada. The over/under is set at 63.
- Sports Illustrated: 6 writers picked Oklahoma, 1 picked TCU.
- USA TODAY: 5 writers picked Oklahoma, 1 picked TCU.
- Los Angeles Times: 5 writers unanimously picked Oklahoma.
- Bud Elliott, SB Nation: “I just do not think TCU can score with Oklahoma. I love Gary Patterson and TCU’s defense, but do not trust Kenny Hill to keep up with Baker Mayfield,” wrote Elliott, who took Oklahoma to cover the spread.
- David Kenyon, Bleacher Report: Oklahoma 34, TCU 27
- Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press: TCU 38, Oklahoma 31
- Zac Al-Khateeb, Sporting News: Oklahoma 31, TCU 24
3 keys to the game
1. Limiting TCU’s pass rush
If you thought keeping Baker Mayfield upright against Oklahoma State was an issue, then please direction your attention to TCU junior defensive end Ben Banogu and senior linebacker Mat Boesen. It shouldn’t come as a surprised to anyone TCU’s defense is racking up sacks, considering the Frogs have one the best defenses in the country — not just the Big 12, but the country. TCU slowed down Oklahoma State (something Oklahoma couldn’t do) and West Virginia’s explosive offenses, and they’re allowing 13.9 points per game and racking up 3.1 sacks per game to go along with it. The duo of Banogu and Boesen combined have 11.5 sacks this season, and both rank in the top five of the Big 12 individual sack leaders. Oklahoma’s offensive line, this is your time to prove you’re one of the best in the nation.
2. Making the most of chances
A few of the things that could’ve doomed Oklahoma in Bedlam were mistakes made by Mayfield. Untimely interceptions from the Sooners gunslinger almost lost the game for Oklahoma, but the defense (shockingly) bailed him out. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill is not going to outpace Mayfield. If Oklahoma-TCU turns into a shootout, bet the house on the Sooners. But if the Sooners don’t capitalize on offense, especially when actually getting defensive stops, do not expect the defense to be able to contain Hill all day long. TCU’s offense is not built to outlast Oklahoma’s. But it has enough weapons to take advantage of Oklahoma miscues and has the best chance of any Big 12 defense to pump the breaks on the Sooners defense.
3. Playing with an edge
Oklahoma looked great on both sides of the ball in spurts against the likes of Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. A lot of what worked for Oklahoma was playing with a sense of urgency, as well as with a bit of a chip on its shoulder. Mike Stoops’ defense has probably heard enough about how bad they are this year. But at times against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, they showed signs of life of a defense that can play really well when it’s angry. TCU is not as offensively gifted as the group Mike Gundy fielded in Stillwater, Oklahoma, last Saturday. The Sooners could potentially be relying on four freshman — no, not redshirt, first-year guys — to play meaningful minutes against TCU. It’s for the Sooners to put their slogan ‘We Too Deep’ to good use and show what their young core is made of on Saturday.
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