It’s easy to see where the Frogs’ problems lie.
“It’s hard to play good offensive football. There’s a lot of things that have to go right and you can just be a fraction off and that makes a big difference. They’ve got really good coaches over there. They’ve got really good players. It’ll certainly be a big challenge for us.”
TCU’s offense has managed to move the ball effectively, for the most part. The Frogs have gained more yardage than their opponents in each conference game.
The problem has been the turnovers. There’s never a good time to give the ball away, but TCU seems to find the most inopportune times to do so.
Three of the four turnovers against Texas came with the Frogs either leading, or trailing by one. Two of the three turnovers against Iowa State came in Cyclones territory and the other happened at midfield. And, against Texas Tech, TCU gave the ball away three times, including twice in Tech territory.
TCU has the worst turnover margin in the Big 12, and one of the worst in the country at minus-9. Only North Carolina, UConn and Rutgers — all one-win teams — have a worse turnover margin than TCU.
Of course we get 2:00pm for Kansas and 11:00am for OU. Makes perfect sense.
K-State (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) is off this week after defeating Oklahoma State 31-12 on Saturday. No. 9 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1) next plays at TCU this weekend.
The Big 12 has a full slate of games scheduled for that week. Kansas will host TCU in the afternoon game at 2 p.m., with FS1 televising the action. The Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3) are coming off their bye week. The Horned Frogs (3-3, 1-2) lost their last game to Texas Tech.
Not a bad team to start with after switching DC’s, considering TCU’s offensive ineptitude.
The defense will be under the microscope after making Ruffin McNeill interim defensive coordinator . The Sooners rank 76th out of 129 schools nationally in points allowed per game and 97th in total defense. Riley said everyone associated with that side is accepting responsibility for the issues.
”Everybody has to look in the mirror,’” he said. “Everybody has to step up. It’s not just the two guys who are team captains or the other three or four who are recognized as team leaders. Everybody’s got to be willing to look at it and say ‘what can I do better.’ I saw the start of that and that needs to continue.”
The Sooners have been adjusting to McNeill, who had been defensive tackles coach for the Sooners since Riley hired him last year. The players expect an easy transition.
”Coach Ruff is a great guy,” cornerback Tre Norwood said. “From the first day he stepped on campus, he was just that guy the players were attracted to because he’s a great players’ coach. He’s always going to joke around with you, play around with you, but when it comes time to get serious, he’s going to be hard on you and coach you because that’s the love he has for each and every one of us.”
It seems OU is always coming off of a bye when they play TCU.
Oklahoma’s football team will try to bounce back from their loss to Texas in Dallas with another trip to the DFW Metroplex this weekend when they visit TCU for an 11:00 am kickoff on Saturday.
The Sooners are coming off an open weekend following the firing of Mike Stoops as defensive coordinator the day after the loss to Texas.
OU head coach Lincoln Riley thought it was a productive off week, while the defensive players know they have to play better the rest of the season.
OU quarterback Kyler Murray says the loss to the Longhorns was crushing, but he believes the Sooners can grow from it.