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Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick & Prediction OCT 16TH 2021

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Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler came into the season as the odds-on Heisman Trophy favorite.

However, after freshman Caleb Williams replaced a struggling Rattler against Texas last week, Rattler's job is in jeopardy.

Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said he wouldn't make an announcement before the game who would start at quarterback when No. 4 Oklahoma hosts TCU on Saturday.

"We'll see how the week plays out and we'll see where we are when we get to Saturday," Riley said. "The guys have done well."

Williams gave the Sooners a shot in the arm against the Longhorns, coming on with Oklahoma trailing 35-17 and leading his team to a 55-48 win. Williams threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 88 yards and another score in that game, his first extended look in crunch time this season.

Williams' running ability gives the Sooners offense a different look, but TCU coach Gary Patterson said not much was fundamentally different with Williams at QB as opposed to Rattler.

"Coach Riley does a great job of -- he's gonna put you in mismatches anyway, so you've got to really prepare for all of it," Patterson said. "But I think you've got to look at, obviously they were doing it with the quarterback run game so that becomes a bigger part of their offense. But you've got to prepare for Oklahoma, not just the quarterback. They've got good players everywhere."

The Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) have won four consecutive games and five of six by seven or fewer points to stay undefeated and in the thick of the College Football Playoff race.

TCU (3-2, 1-1) is coming off a 52-31 win at Texas Tech after dropping consecutive games.

Running back Zach Evans has been the driving force behind the Horned Frogs' offense, rushing for 586 yards and five touchdowns so far.

Against the Sooners last season in Oklahoma's 33-14 win, Evans had just one carry for 10 yards but had five catches for 56 yards.

"They're doing a great job of using him different ways," Riley said. "He's got a great combination of strength and speed and running aggressively."

Evans has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the past four games, including 143 and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the win over the Red Raiders.

As much success as TCU has had on offense, it has struggled on defense, allowing more than 30 points in four consecutive games for the first time since 1997.

"We're not happy where we're at really as a whole group, but one thing I do like about what they've done -- they are playing hard," Patterson said of his defensive players. "And as long as you play hard, you're going to give yourself an opportunity to be successful."

The Sooners have won seven consecutive games in the series, with TCU's last win coming in 2014.

Oklahoma has won all four home meetings since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. Those games, though, mostly were close, with the Sooners winning by an average of 6.5 points, including a 28-24 decision in their last meeting in Norman in 2019.

--Field Level Media

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Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Jalen Hurts led No. 9 Oklahoma to touchdowns on its first three possessions, then the Sooners hung on despite second-half turnovers for a 28-24 win over Texas Christian in a Big 12 matchup in Norman, Okla., on Saturday night.

The win assured the Sooners a spot in the Big 12 title game against the Baylor Bears, whom Oklahoma rallied from 25 points down to beat 34-31 on last Saturday.

Hurts threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in the game's first 17 minutes as Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1) sped to a 21-0 lead. He added a rushing touchdown about midway through the third quarter.

Overall, he rushed 28 times for 173 yards, going over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. He now sits at 1,156. Hurts also went 11 of 21 passing for 145 yards with the two scores and an interception.

He became the third player in FBS history to amass at least 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing through 11 games of a season, according to the Fox TV broadcast.

Kennedy Brooks piled up 149 yards on 25 carries for Oklahoma.

TCU quarterback Max Duggan, a true freshman, rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown, though he was only 7 of 21 passing for 65 yards and an interception.

Oklahoma finished with 511 total yards to 204 for TCU (5-6, 3-5).

The Horned Frogs had a last chance after they stonewalled the Sooners at fourth-and-1 at the TCU 41 with little more than three minutes to play. The Horned Frogs reached the Oklahoma 40 before defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles picked off Duggan at the Sooners' 32 with 1:41 left.

Duggan rushed for an 11-yard touchdown that cut the TCU deficit to 21-17 on the Horned Frogs' first possession of the second half. The Sooners answered right away, however, with a six-play, 66-yard drive, capped by Hurts' 8-yard touchdown run to make it 28-17.

Oklahoma was moving again on its next drive before safety Vernon Scott picked off a pass from Hurts and brought it back 98 yards for a touchdown to pull TCU to within 28-24 with 12:43 left.

TCU forced another turnover on the ensuing possession, as safety Nook Bradford ripped the ball from Hurts just before Hurts hit the ground after carrying the ball 32 yards to the Horned Frogs' 7.

But TCU was unable to capitalize, going three-and-out and punting with 6 1/2 minutes left.

Despite not getting a first down until their fourth possession and finishing the first quarter with three total yards, the Horned Frogs recovered to trail only 21-10 at the halftime thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run by Sewo Olonilua and a 24-yard field goal from Jonathan Song in the second quarter. Duggan's 62-yard rush to the outside set up Olonilua's score.

Hurts rushed for a 7-yard score on the Sooners' first possession, hit Brayden Willis for a 20-yard touchdown on their second drive, and found CeeDee Lamb from 5 yards out on Oklahoma's third possession.

--Field Level Media

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