Setting the stage: No. 4 OU at No. 25 TCU

One final preview of OU and TCU heading into the weekend.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to set the stage every week breaking down Oklahoma’s game during the 2014 season.

No. 4 OU (4-0, 1-0) at No. 25 TCU (3-0, 0-0)

When: 2:30 p.m. CST

OU’s biggest question going into the game

Will OU’s offensive line be able to carry the day once again? Credit the experience, credit Bill Bedenbaugh, whatever you want, but there’s no denying how strong the OU offensive line has been throughout this season.

With a line as solid as OU’s has been, it has made the game a lot easier for Trevor Knight. But if TCU is able to stop the run from OU’s versatile backs, what’s going to happen if Knight has to be the man in Fort Worth?

Everybody knows TCU’s defense is top notch although the first three games in terms of quality competition doesn’t really tell too much, but the Sooners should be able to find some holes.

But if OU is stifled in the run game and can get that balance going, how does this one turn out?

TCU’s biggest question going into the game

Will Trevone Boykin have the time to spread the ball all over the field? Boykin’s passing success has been the biggest difference with this year’s TCU team, but you can do that against those first three teams.

Now against OU with a ball-hawking secondary and punishing front seven, is Boykin going to be able to distribute the ball around to his talented receivers?

OU disrupted Boykin throughout most of last year’s game as both a runner and passer so it will be interesting to see what Boykin brings to the table this time around.

TCU has four receivers with at least 11 catches but obviously hasn’t faced a secondary as talented as what OU is bringing to town Saturday.

Quotable

“There is a lot of personnel that’s back; a lot of guys that have played against us the last couple of years. They are playing at a really high level. They do a great job. They see their keys extremely well, they make you earn everything, they don’t give up a bunch of big plays and they load the box in the run game. They make it difficult for you. They can compete with the skill players on the outside. There aren’t a lot of big windows, so they make you earn it.”OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel

Breakout player

The defense didn’t need too much to work on during the bye week, but it was a good chance for Trevor Knight and his receivers to start developing more chemistry. One of those guys is junior Durron Neal, who will finally catch his first touchdown as part of the Sooners after having thrown for one two weeks ago.

Prediction

OU 28, TCU 17. Both teams haven’t played defenses as good as what the other brings to the table and both sides will have to adjust during this one. OU comes up with two turnovers in the fourth quarter to not let the Horned Frogs derail its undefeated season.


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