The Oklahoma Sooners have had their fair share of struggles on the defensive side of the ball. Potentially playing several true freshman come Saturday, the coaching staff demands maturity from the youngsters on the field. As the TCU Horned Frogs come to town, OU has a chance to bolster their college football playoff resume once more. Success starts by shutting down TCU on third down.

Over the course of the season, the Horned Frogs have converted 50% of their attempts on third down. It’s a number that tops the Big 12 Conference and gives defenses little room to breathe. Given the opportunity, quarterback Kenny Hill has risen to the occasion when forced into obvious passing third down attempts.

Dropping back to pass 44 times on third down with 7+ yards to go, the passer has found a receiver 30 times for a 68.2% competion rate. That’s not to say save every completion converts on the attempt. However, it does give a playmaker the chance to make something happen on the field. In turn, it also asks a defender to make an open field tackle more often than not. Going against several freshman in the secondary on Saturday, this should be cause for concern.

There’s no denying that Mike Stoops is prepping his defense for the Horned Frogs. But, it’s hard to deny the fact that Oklahoma allows opponents to convert on 41.41% of their third down attempts. The number ranks sixth in the conference. Mixing things up with several new faces, can Stoops limit the Horned Frogs to earn a stop? Only time will tell.