|Last 3 Games||3-0||+2||0-3||3-0||47.7||27.7||580.0||(6.7)||2.0||43.7||19.3||564.0||(6.9)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||41.7||22.6||27.6||30:41||33-164||(4.9)||29-44||66.1%||349||(8)||77-513||(6.6)||(12.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||32.3||17.1||22.9||30:01||38-176||(4.7)||22-35||62.3%||266||(7.6)||73-442||(6.1)||(13.7)|
|Offense Road Games||42.6||22.4||27.0||33:30||38-193||(5.1)||28-42||65.4%||355||(8.4)||80-548||(6.9)||(12.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.8||10.5||19.3||29:19||38-187||(4.9)||16-32||50.8%||195||(6)||71-381||(5.4)||(15.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||31.9||16.9||22.1||30:58||38-174||(4.6)||21-34||62.1%||259||(7.7)||72-433||(6)||(13.6)|
|Defense Road Games||23.4||9.0||19.6||26:30||32-185||(5.7)||18-36||50.8%||209||(5.8)||68-394||(5.8)||(16.9)|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+2.8||2-1||1-2||23.0||9.3||326.0||(4.9)||2.0||24.7||12.3||299.3||(4.2)||2.7|
|Offense (All Games)||30.5||15.7||20.3||33:28||41-161||(3.9)||19-31||60.5%||240||(7.7)||72-401||(5.6)||(13.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||32.5||18.3||22.4||30:01||38-167||(4.4)||22-34||62.7%||266||(7.7)||72-433||(6)||(13.3)|
|Offense Home Games||33.8||17.2||22.2||32:03||38-171||(4.5)||21-34||61.8%||272||(8)||72-443||(6.2)||(13.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.0||9.6||16.9||26:32||32-97||(3.1)||18-33||54.0%||227||(6.8)||65-324||(5)||(14.1)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||31.1||16.2||21.5||30:59||37-164||(4.4)||21-34||60.9%||251||(7.3)||72-415||(5.8)||(13.3)|
|Defense Home Games||24.6||10.0||13.8||27:57||32-109||(3.4)||16-28||56.1%||175||(6.3)||60-284||(4.8)||(11.6)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA 39.5, TCU 38.1|
|10/6/2012||@ TEXAS TECH||41-20||W||-4.5||W||57||O||29-121||25-40-259||1||32-89||26-41-271||3|
|11/3/2012||@ IOWA ST||35-20||W||-13||W||50.5||O||40-188||32-45-405||2||24-99||20-40-191||1|
|11/17/2012||@ W VIRGINIA||50-49||W||-10.5||L||72.5||O||31-108||38-51-554||2||47-458||20-35-320||2|
|12/1/2012||@ TCU|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/27/2012||@ OKLAHOMA ST||14-36||L||7||L||64||U||27-121||24-44-223||3||40-147||18-33-324||2|
|11/3/2012||@ W VIRGINIA||39-38||W||4||W||69.5||O||45-126||13-30-279||3||35-78||32-55-260||2|
|12/1/2012||OKLAHOMA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|OKLAHOMA: After starting the 2011 season as the favorites to win the BCS National Championship, the Sooners faltered down the stretch, losing four of their final seven games. A lot of it had to do with injuries to top offensive players WR Ryan Broyles and RB Dominique Whaley, but QB Landry Jones also struggled with 1 TD and 6 INT in his final four games, losing twice. Jones is Oklahoma's all-time leading passer though, and he has talented weapons to use in junior WRs Kenny Stills (849 rec yds, 8 TD) and Jaz Reynolds (715 rec yds, 5 TD). With Whaley (627 rush yds, 5.5 YPC, 9 TD) and Roy Finch (605 rush yds, 5.5 YPC) running behind a great offensive line, the Sooners offense will remain explosive. The secondary has a lot of potential, but it's a unit that struggled last year (241 passing YPG allowed, 79th in FBS). However, the front seven is fierce, returning most of the players that helped the Sooners rank among the nation's top-12 in both sacks (3.1 per game) and Tackles For Loss (7.5 per game).|
TCU now moves to the Big 12 complete with a $164 million overhaul of its stadium, which will remain a difficult place to win for any opponent. The Horned Frogs are fresh off a 10-2 season with their only blemishes coming at Baylor (50-48) and an overtime loss to SMU. The majority of their starters return, including junior QB Casey Pachall (2,921 pass yds, 25 TD, 7 INT) and senior RB Ed Wesley (726 rush yds, 6.1 YPC, 6 TD), who were both keys in the team scoring 40.9 PPG last year (9th in FBS). The offensive line has a lot of openings, but they should be good enough by the start of the season to support this explosive backfield that rushed for 209 YPG in 2011. While the Horned Frogs have a dominant defensive line and quality linebackers, their secondary could be a problem against the historically strong passing offenses in the Big 12.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (OKLAHOMA-TCU) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oklahoma-TCU Preview* ======================
No. 11 Oklahoma (9-2) at TCU (7-4), 12:00 p.m. EDT
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Casey Walker looked squarely into a television camera, clapped his hands and uttered words no Oklahoma player is accustomed to saying: "Let's go Texas!"
Archrivals for decades, the No. 12 Sooners (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) are pulling for the 23rd-ranked Longhorns to upset No. 7 Kansas State this week with their only chance to win an outright conference title riding on it.
So, Casey, how about flashing a Hook'em Horns - right side up instead of upside down this time?
"That's too far," he said.
Like clockwork, Bob Stoops has his team in position to contend for a Big 12 championship just in time for December.
If history holds, the Sooners will win at TCU (7-4, 4-4) on Saturday and get the help they need from Texas to claim the conference crown outright. After all, Oklahoma has won the Big 12 championship in every even-numbered year since Stoops has been the coach.
Is cheering for the Longhorns uncomfortable? Sure. But in this case, it's whatever it takes.
"I guess now I'm OK with it because we need them to handle business, so then that puts us in a better spot," Walker said. "So, that's all right."
If that scenario doesn't materialize, the Sooners' BCS chances could be in jeopardy and rest in the unlikely hands of Kent State. The Golden Flashes are 17th in the BCS standings, one spot away from securing an automatic BCS bid and perhaps taking away the last at-large opportunity out there with Florida and Oregon seemingly locked in.
Stoops said he hasn't gone through all that could happen with the BCS, trying to focus instead on the game at hand.
"I think that we have a chance. That's the only thing I've been aware of," receiver Justin Brown said. "I don't know anything about all of that other stuff. You guys probably know way more than me. I just know we've got to play TCU."
That's all that Oklahoma can control at this point. With the Big 12 membership falling to 10 teams, there's no longer a championship game to decide it all. The closest to that came in September, when Kansas State won on the Sooners' home field. That would be the tiebreaker if both teams win - or lose - on Saturday.
"That's why every game is so important now in the regular season. Once you get into conference, every game is important. Typically to be the conference champion, you have to not lose a game in conference," quarterback Landry Jones said.
"In an ideal world, we all want the championship game to have another redemption and be Big 12 champions but that's not the way it is," he said. "We have to play the hand that we've been dealt and really just go after it, win this game and then see what happens in the end."
In the old divisional format, Oklahoma won seven Big 12 championships - in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and the title in 2007. It's a remarkable run not only for its predictability but the sustained success of never going more than a year without winning it.
"It's difficult and challenging with all the excellent teams. I think this is 11 of the last 13 years we've been in the last game with championship implications," Stoops said. "It's always tough. It's hard to do. This game will be equally tough to go down and give ourselves an opportunity to win."
TCU has had an up-and-down inaugural Big 12 season, but it has the opportunity to finish with quite a feat - back-to-back victories over Texas and Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs won 20-13 in Austin on Thanksgiving Day, intercepting the Longhorns three times and holding them to 86 rushing yards on 33 carries.
"The thing that everybody said, we'd hear on the recruiting trail before we joined the Big 12 was, 'Well, they win ballgames. But they don't play good competition every week.' And now, we've been in every ballgame and we've won our share of ballgames," coach Gary Patterson said.
Patterson has already led TCU to an upset of Oklahoma, winning 17-10 in Norman in 2005, although the Sooners returned the favor with a 35-10 rout in 2008.
Oklahoma rides into this matchup on a four-game winning streak after a 51-48 overtime victory against Oklahoma State last Saturday. Blake Bell's touchdown tied the game late in the fourth quarter and Brennan Clay's 18-yard run won it in OT after Jones threw for 500 yards and three touchdowns on a school-record 71 pass attempts.
Jones became the Big 12's career passing leader in his final home game.
"It is draining and exhausting to play in those (rivalry) games and it is hard to get back up for practice and it is hard to forget about that game and move on to the next opponent," Jones said. "I think we need to do a good job of remembering, yes, this game, but focus on our next opponent, which is TCU, who is a very capable team and very capable defense."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 3:01:37 AM EST|