Walking into a hostile stadium with over 80,000 fans, on national television, and with it being a night game, could be a recipe for disaster. The good news is, TCU seems to play well on the road in conference. One of the reasons is they've always brought their own emotion, something they'll need to do again if they have any hope of pulling out the victory.
Key #4 - Solve the OU Defense
The Sooners haven't looked like the physical, world beaters on defense over the last few years that they had come to be known for in previous years. This year however, The Stoops brothers appear to have rekindled the defensive fire in Norman. If TCU wants to hang with OU this coming weekend, they'll need to put together more than one or two scoring drives against a unit that's surrendering just 12 points per game in 2013. TCU will need to score at least 24 points if they want to have any shot at winning this game.
Key #3 - Start fast
The Horned Frogs have struggled out of the gate in each of the last 3 games. After trailing SMU 10-7 at halftime last weekend, TCU stormed back to score 41 second half points to roll to a 48-17 victory. The issue with that type of play this week is OU isn't SMU. If the Frogs stumble early again Saturday night, they could find themselves in an insurmountable hole. The defense has been on point all season long, now it's time for the offense to play a full 4 quarters, starting with a crisp 1st quarter.
Key #2 - Shore up the offensive line play
It looks at times like the TCU offensive line is trying to turn the corner but they're still struggling to run block consistently. Against OU, the Frogs will face a stiff test as the Sooners roll out a defensive line that rivals LSU's in talent and speed. With James Dunbar banged up, Aviante Collins will be called on to pull a heavy load. It's time to see if he's matured and moved past the bad habit of making knuckle-headed, drive killing penalties. This game will be won in the trenches.
Key #1 - TCU must come together as a team
The pieces are there, but unless they start to play together, TCU will continue to be a team full of talented individuals and not a talented TEAM. Did they begin the metamorphosis last week in the 2nd half? Will they continue to gel Saturday night? Good teams get better every week and Oklahoma will be a great test to see just how far the young Horned Frogs have progressed. A team effort will go a long way toward upsetting the Sooners. A bunch of individuals showing up not as a team, but as selfish "me first" type players, will lead to certain destruction on the field. This test will play out for the whole nation to witness.