Game Capsule: #4 Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) at #25 TCU Horned Frogs (3-0)

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The fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners will make its first of two trips to the Dallas-Fort Worth area this season today. The Sooners will battle the TCU Horned Frogs in its second conference game of the year on national television in front of a TCU home crowd hungry for a win over the Sooners.

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TCU’s first three opponents aren’t exactly on par with the Sooners, but this veteran Frogs team, who rank 25th in the country, knows they can run with Oklahoma.

The Sooners are a different team from a year ago when TCU nearly defeated OU in Norman. However, this should be an exciting contest, which will feature two defenses hungry to make a statement.

Why the Oklahoma Sooners will win: Oklahoma and TCU’s defenses have been great this season, but Oklahoma appears to have the better offense. This game will likely come down to the quarterback play of Trevor Knight. If he can establish, not only Sterling Shepard, but Durron Neal and KJ Young as viable receiving threats; it should be a long day for TCU. The Sooners rushing attack will be spearheaded by Samaje Perine, who had a huge breakout performance against West Virginia two weeks ago. OU’s defense will need to stay consistent with what they’ve been doing all year, but at the end of the day, Oklahoma should have the offense to put away the Frogs in Fort Worth.

Why the TCU Horned Frogs will win: A veteran Frogs team will need to get the best of Knight, and they should want nothing more than to shake the monkey off their back. TCU has come close to beating OU the past two season, but Patterson’s group has been unsuccessful against OU so far as a member of the Big 12. TCU’s defense is ranked first in the conference in total defense. If they can commit to stopping Samaje Perine, their secondary is good enough to go toe-to-toe with Trevor Knight if he has to carry the load for Oklahoma. Trevone Boykin’s dual threat ability is something Oklahoma hasn’t had to deal with yet this year. He could be problematic for Stoops’ 2014 OU squad, despite coming up short in his first two tries against OU.

Score Prediction: Oklahoma 28, TCU 14. It won’t be the offensive explosion Oklahoma’s been accustomed to this season. However, the Sooners will do enough offensively with Samaje Perine and a continually improving Trevor Knight to put away the Frogs another time in Fort Worth.