Oklahoma Sooners set for match-up against TCU

Boykin remains a major question mark as Oklahoma looks for its sixth-straight victory

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to set the stage every week, breaking down Oklahoma’s upcoming game during the 2015 season.

No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1) at No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners (9-1, 6-1)

When: 7 p.m.

Biggest question - - Will Trevone Boykin play?

It’s basically like asking if TCU will compete with the Sooners. Nobody missed what happened with TCU against Kansas without Boykin. Playing in Norman without Boykin for the entire game is going to be so much worse.

This game hinges on whether he plays, and then TCU will have to try and win it. First, Boykin has to play.

An educated guess: The winds will whip Saturday night, dropping a bitter cold (for November) on the state. By kick-off, temperatures could be around the freezing mark. That doesn’t bode well for the Horned Frogs, who are playing without their top receiver Josh Doctson. If TCU has a fresh-faced quarterback, it’ll be even worse.

On the other side, a hard-charging and re-invigorated Samaje Perine will run in the cold – that’s a double-whammy for defenders. By the end of this game, they won’t want to tackle him.

A two-fold guess around the 200-yard mark: Perine rushes for more, and TCU throws for less.

Player to watch: Really want to pick a senior since it's senior night. And if Boykin is indeed out, could be a nice day for the defense. We'll roll with Eric Striker this week. His final home game against a quarterback that might not be ready for what's about to come his way. Sure seems like Striker, Charles Tapper and the other defensive guys at line and backer should have a nice day to close out their career at Owen Field.

Predictions

Hite – Doctson has been ruled out. Boykin is questionable but gives it a shot. He can’t go for very long in the cold and comes out of the game in the first half. It doesn’t matter too much, Oklahoma gets its run game going early, springing a pair of 20-plus yarders in the first half. TCU leans on the run but can’t do much to rally after falling behind early. Oklahoma wins its sixth straight game, 42-17, and the TCU Horned Frogs falls out of the top 25 on Tuesday.

Przybylo - Just like Texas, it's hard to envision this game going anyway but toward the Sooners in a rout. OU shows it has learned its lesson from the Cotton Bowl and doesn't get tricky. Sooners stay basic on offense and defense, force a few turnovers and allow the fans to enjoy an undefeated home season and seniors end on a high note. OU somwhere in the vicinity of like 41-20, 45-24, in that area.


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