To both casual observers and those more statistically inclined, the Big 12 hierarchy through one month seems clear: there's No. 4 Oklahoma, then there's No. 7 Baylor, then there's everybody else.
TCU coach Gary Patterson can't forget the big plays, the ones against his team in those close Big 12 losses to Oklahoma.
Conference championship and College Football Playoff hopes are still very real for both of these teams entering this one.
Saturday in Fort Worth against fourth-ranked Oklahoma, TCU has a grand chance to establish its credibility in its new conference.
Three games into being a full-time quarterback, TCU’s Trevone Boykin has learned another part of the position — seeing the big picture.
Now he begins again his quest to be TCU’s top cornerback as the team opens Big 12 play Saturday against No. 4 Oklahoma and its dazzling receiver, Sterling Shepard.
In reality, No. 25 TCU would probably still be 3-0 this season had it not made its move to the up-tempo Spread — although the offensive numbers would probably be less. No. 4 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) represents a proving ground for the offense, for the scheme of co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie and for the maturity and development of quarterback Trevone Boykin.
It's been nearly 15 years since LaDainian Tomlinson took a snap for the Horned Frogs, but the effects of his storied career still loom large and are still being felt.