Oklahoma has had some issues with basic defenses, so maybe things will be different against a TCU team that is about as intricate as it gets on the defensive side of the ball. The Sooners are 1-2 for the first time since 2005 after taking it on the chin from Houston and Ohio State.
The Horned Frogs did lose in a heartbreaker to Arkansas, but after struggling in the first half last week against SMU, recovered to pound the Ponies coming down the stretch.
So coming into this game, things look pretty bleak for Oklahoma, which is coming off a humbling against the Buckeyes and looks nothing like the Playoff contender we envisioned before the year began. TCU's started to look a bit more like it's supposed to look, and the goal is to keep that going against OU this week. It seems like that shouldn't be so hard, but Oklahoma's clearly capable of more than it's shown in the first month.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 5 p.m. ET, FOX. The broadcasters are Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Shannon Spake.
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Oklahoma comes in as a 3.5-point favorite.
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Three big things to know
1. The Sooners' defense has been the thing that's really failed them. The unit is currently ranked 78th nationally, giving up 401 yards per game. This particular Sooners team's best-known players are on offense, but that Oklahoma's defense has been so easy to move against is a bit of a shock. If that doesn't change, neither will the Sooners' fortunes, and that'll be bad for Bob Stoops' job security.
2. OU quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn't just been limited on the ground. He hasn't done much of anything at all with his legs. Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine are certainly capable of getting the job done running the ball, but Mayfield only has 4 rushing yards this season, and that's surprising. He's cut his teeth as one of the country's most dangerous dual threats, but the ground threat hasn't been there this year, and that makes it harder for Mayfield to succeed through the air.
3. Kenny Hill's numbers are just as gaudy as you think they'd be through the air, leading TCU's passing attack as the eighth-best team in passing yards-per-game. Hill has thrown for fewer than 377 yards only once this season. We doubt the offense will be the problem for the Frogs in this game, but maybe the Sooners' defense can step up and play better than it's been playing to date. That won't be easy against Hill.