No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 8 TCU to face off for Big 12 lead
No. 8 TCU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, CFP No. 6) at No. 5 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1, CFP No. 5), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (Fox).
Line: Oklahoma by 6½.
Series record: Oklahoma leads 11-5
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The winner will take sole possession of the Big 12 lead and gain both an inside track to the Big 12 title game and a stronger position in the race for a spot in the College Football playoff. The loser still has a chance to reach the Big 12 title game.
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield vs. TCU pass rush. Mayfield’s magician-like moves under pressure take his game to another level. TCU DE Ben Banogu and linebacker Mat Boesen rank second and fourth in the Big 12 in sacks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
TCU: QB Kenny Hill is a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s outstanding quarterback and a finalist for the Unitas Award, which honors the nation’s top senior or fourth-year quarterback. He has a chance to gain consideration for bigger awards if he pulls out a win and sprinkles in some big plays. He is a dual threat who has become much more efficient as a passer this season.
Oklahoma: WR Marquise Brown is coming off a school-record 265-yard performance Saturday against Oklahoma State. The Sooners say he’s faster than Dede Westbrook, last year’s Biletnikoff Award winner who ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at Oklahoma’s Pro Day.
FACTS & FIGURES
The five games between the schools since TCU joined the Big 12 have been decided by a combined 21 points, but Oklahoma has won four of them. ... Mayfield suffered a concussion two years ago against TCU in Norman, and the Sooners held on for a 30-29 win. ... Oklahoma won last year’s game 52-46.
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