Strength of Schedule: TCU

The battle for Dallas, recruits continues when the Horned Frogs come to Norman.

We've reached the halfway point. Don't look at TCU being low on this list and think this should be an easy victory. The Horned Frogs 2013 record isn't a good indicator, either. Last year, TCU lost eight games but four were to ranked teams and four of them were by a combined 11 points. Other than a blowout loss to Texas, TCU never lost by more than 10 points in any game last season.

6. TCU

2013 record: 4-8

Last year vs. OU: 20-17, Oklahoma

Why this game is dangerous: The danger in this game lies in two folds. The first, and probably the longest lasting, is on the recruiting trail. Dallas always will be a hub of recruiting for any school in the Southwest, but for the Sooners, it is a key. Oklahoma is the second-closest school in the Big 12 to Dallas – aside from TCU. One loss wouldn't hurt here, but any losing streak could affect the perception of an entire class of high school recruits. Any streak starts with one, though, and TCU already has started to pluck recruits. On the field, this year's version of the Horned Frogs likely will resemble the past stout defense's under Gary Patterson – especially with eight starters returning. Patterson also brought in Doug Meacham to put TCU's offense back on track. He'll just have to find a starting quarterback at some point.

Players to watch: Eventually, a running back will have to emerge in the Sooners' offense. When TCU comes to Norman in Week 5, it'll be just about time – especially with games against Texas and Kansas State in the next two weeks. It'll be a two-horse race at this point with freshman Joe Mixon and sophomore Keith Ford likely leading the pack. Don't expect a bell-cow style running back in the offense at all this year. It's going to be done by committee all season. Ford has the most experience of the group with only 23 career carries, but five-star recruit Mixon and fellow classmate Samaje Perine, a 230-pound monster of a running back, will play big roles as well. Someone emerges against TCU and takes the reigns for the rest of the season. It might sound strange against a defense like the Horned Frogs, but weirder things have happened.

Prediction: Two of the better – if not best – defenses in the Big 12 will show up for this one, and the units will NOT disappoint. However, the better defense will shine in this one. The Sooners will get a late score – maybe from Mixon – and hold on to win. This game doesn't have the hoopla around it because TCU is new to the conference, but this is a budding rivalry. More one-score games, like the past two, will go to enhancing that intensity. 17-13.

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