The ranked-team matchup’s fiesta will continue in Norman where the University of Oklahoma Sooners will host the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in a game between foes that have only one loss each recorded so far into the season. The Iowa State Cyclones were the impassable obstacle for both teams but let’s keep our attention on this game. The Sooners are coming off from a strong road win over Oklahoma State (62:52) while the TCU defeated eternal rival the Longhorns, 24:7 at Forth Worth.
The Sooners are relatively solid against the spread this season with a 5-4-0 record while they are 5-3-1 in Totals (Push in Week 1 against UTEP). The Horned Frogs on the other side are a bit better in ATS with 6-3-0 but they are 2-7 in Over/Under.
Head-to-head showdowns are going the Sooners’ way for now as Oklahoma has 11 wins oppose to only five by the Horned Frogs. Oklahoma is also 4-1 in last five duels including a mini two-game winning streak. Last time the Horned Frogs managed to overcome Oklahoma was three years ago at home (37:33 victory in Forth Worth).
At home, Oklahoma is 4-1 against the spread in last five games and 2-2-1 in Over/Under, while TCU is 3-1-0 against the spread on the road this season and 1-3 in Over/Under.
Sooners vs. Horned Frogs
Spread: Oklahoma -6.5 (-110); TCU +6.5 (-110) Get the latest CFB odds direct from Las Vegas with WagerTalk Live Lines
Moneyline: Oklahoma -245; TCU 205
Totals: Over 61 (-110); Under 61 (-110)
The team effort is the main attribute that can be affiliated with the Oklahoma Sooners team this season. Lincoln Riley is proving to be the right man to fill the big shoes of Bob Stoops in the first season at the helm of the team and there is no doubt that another successful era is at its beginning in Norman. The loss against the Cyclones has casted a little shadow on the 2016 campaign but there is still time to make it perfect and it will require a ride with no losses that can start with a big challenge in the name of No. 8 ranked TCU.
Senior quarterback Baker Mayfield is having a pro-type season as he’s recording some incredible numbers that will definitely raise his stock in the next year’s NFL Draft. He has 3226 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, five picks and 71.7% completion (highest in the NCAA with a minimum of 100 pass attempts) and his paving his way to the top ten pick next April. Running backs Trey Sarmon and Rodney Anderson are making their impact by splitting carries and they are both over 500 rushing yards each along with nine scores combined. Linebacker Emmanuel Beal works his magic in the defense with 63 tackles and two passes defended so far.
The Sooners have eight guys listed as out for Saturday including Kahlil Haughton who is having problems with his leg while Neville Gallimore (undisclosed) is probable.
TCU HORNED FROGS
Gary Patterson’s 17th year at the helm of the team is proving to be one of the most successful ones as they are 8-1 at the moment (5-1 in conference play). They’ve managed to bounce back after that loss by the Cyclones two weeks ago with a win over struggling Texas Longhorns last week, limiting them to only seven points. The team that is ranked at No.8 spot in the AP polls still has a lot to prove if they want to be taken seriously in their national championship bid and the next step will be taken in Norman, Oklahoma. The winner will have the upper hand when it comes to the conference champion top pretender.
The Horned Frogs most valuable asset this season is their rushing defense that is best in the country (69.7 yards per game) and it was about time for someone to take of the Crimson Tide off their perch in this segment. Linebackers Travin Howard and Nick Orr are holding it together in the defensive side of the field with 70 and 46 total tackles and three interceptions combined. In offense, running back Darius Anderson dominates the ground game with 726 yards and seven scores so far.
Julius Lewis (undisclosed) and Patrick Morris (undisclosed) are listed out for Saturday.
Sooners vs. Horned Frogs Betting Lines
When it comes to the top duels between ranked teams this week, the matchup between these two foes will be by my opinion, the most interesting one. The hosts have been given a touchdown in spread difference but I think that’s a bit too much. I expect to see a very close game (field-goal difference type) and that’s why I’ll go with TCU here. 61 points in total also sounds a way too much.
My Pick: TCU +6.5 (-110)
Totals: Under 61 (-110)