Some interesting points throughout.
2. Baylor, TCU have work to do. Baylor and TCU each have a loss, coming against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State respectively. The losses in themselves are not horrendous, but it hurts to lose an opportunity at a quality win. Both teams are not totally eliminated from the playoff as of yet, but both need help to get back in the mix. TCU fell all the way down to No. 18 after struggling against Kansas last week. Baylor sits at No. 10 in the country after a tough loss to Oklahoma. The Bears can't be too disappointed, as they are still within striking distance. TCU has two games against top-10 teams to prove themselves.
It's not going to be easy, but the Frogs can come away with a win.
The seventh-ranked Sooners will try to continue their pursuit of the program's first Big 12 title since 2012 on Saturday night when they host the No. 11 Horned Frogs, who hope to turn things around in time to earn a shot at a second straight conference crown.
Sawyer has the edge to get the start if Boykin can't go.
Patterson said Boykin (right ankle) would only need practices on Thursday and Friday to get ready because of his familiarity with the TCU system. If Boykin can't go, then Patterson said redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer has a slight edge to step into the starting spot.
We'll see how the offense in its current form can produce against the Sooner defense.
3. The Big 12's best defense. This is not up for debate. The Sooners have far and away been the league's best defense, as evidenced by their statistics through conference play. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (18.9 points per game allowed), total defense (325.4 yards per game allowed), rushing defense (150.6 ypg allowed), passing defense (174.9 ypg allowed), forced turnovers (18) and sacks (30). Of particular import to TCU fans should be this nugget: Oklahoma -- led by cornerback Jordan Thomas -- shut down star Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman to the tune of three catches for 51 yards and no touchdowns Saturday. Thomas wasn't even covering Coleman when he broke off his biggest play that night. Can a banged-up Josh Doctson do better than his fellow Biletnikoff Award semifinalist?
If he's healthy and able to play these last two weeks, he'll have a great shot at taking home the award.
Doctson leads the nation with 1,327 receiving yards while his 14 touchdown catches are tied for second. His 79 receptions are fifth. He is the only player nationally to rank in the top 5 in all three categories which have set TCU single-season records.
This isn't terribly surprising.
Lexington High School (Lexington, OK) offensive guard Tyler Brown announced via Twitter on Tuesday morning that he has decided to de-commit from TCU and instead has provided his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State.
Brown (6-foot-5, 325 lbs.) is a three-star prospect and the No. 57 player at his position for the recruiting class of 2016, according to 247Sports. He committed to TCU on May 31 after being offered by the Horned Frogs on May 11.
This game will actually be on TV!
The TCU men's basketball program will hit the hardwood Thursday night with a contest against Houston Baptist. Start time is set for 7:00 p.m. CT inside Wilkerson-Greines.
Fans not able to attend the non-conference match-up against the Huskies can follow it live on FOX Sports Southwest + with Brian Estridge (Play-By-Play) and John Denton (Color) calling the action live.
Thursday night's tilt is also available on the radio airwaves via KTCU, KPIR 1420 AM, FrogVision or TuneIn Radio.
The trip to Dallas starts a grueling slate for the Frogs.
The Frogs continue a demanding opening slate of games with this week's pair of road contest. TCU plays seven games in the opening 19 days of the season, including road trips to SMU, Texas A&M and Butler.
With three matches left in the season, TCU is on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament bid.
The eighth sold out crowd of the season will be on hand on Wednesday, Nov. 18, as the TCU volleyball team welcomes Texas Tech for a 7 p.m., showdown in the University Recreation Center.
The match between the Horned Frogs (17-8, 7-6 Big 12) and the Red Raiders (14-13, 3-10 Big 12) will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea on the call.