The Oklahoma Sooners sit atop the Big 12 Conference at 8-1 in the league’s round-robin style of play and 11-1 overall. However, the TCU Horned Frogs are hoping to spoil Baker Mayfield’s chances of returning to the College Football Playoff. As the two square off in the Big 12 Championship Game, here are three bold predictions.
Oklahoma Wins In Blowout Fashion
In the first meeting, the Sooners scored 38 points in the first half showcasing an explosive offense. Coming alive, Rodney Anderson ran over and through defenders en route to 290 total yards as well as four touchdowns. Through the air, Baker Mayfield racked up 333 yards and three touchdown passes to make a top notch defense look pedestrian. However, the offense failed to score during the final thirty minutes of action. One could argue it was by design as the Sooners eventually sealed the victory 38-20. If that’s the case — as I have chose to believe now — then this Sooner offense should hum for the entirety of the game. With weapons like Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown, and Ceedee Lamb spread out all over the field, this offense is capable of eclipseing the 50-point mark.
On the defensive side of the ball, personnel changes have led to success. Over the course of the season, Jordan Thomas found himself tested. Unfortunately, the corner was unable to shut down receivers for unknown reasons. Lacking effectiveness, Tre Norwood stepped into the void. As a true freshman, fans are willing to forgive mistakes here and there. But, it’s hard to ignore that Norwood has earned three starts and already leads the team in pass break ups with seven. It just so happens that the freshman found his footing as a starter against TCU…
Needless to say, the effort forced Kenny Hill into old habits. Expecting this to be the case once again, Oklahoma should win in blowout fashion.
There Will Be A Kickoff/Punt Returned For A Touchdown
KaVontae Turpin remains one of the most electric return men in the country. Returning 12 kickoffs this year, the speedster has proved dangerous. Racking 408 yards, the junior averages 34 yards per return. Presenting the opportunity to take one to the house, Turpin has recorded a single kickoff return touchdown this year.
In punt situations, the wideout also has one touchdown to his name. Returning 14 punts throughout the course of twelve games, Turpin amassed 197 yard for a 14.07 average per return. Yet, the receiver only attempts one per game.
When the lights come on, Turpin could prove to be a game changer with his speed. Expect this speedy skill position player to have a significant impact by returning a punt or kickoff for a touchdown.
Rodney Anderson Rushes For 200+ Yards
The transformation of Rodney Anderson this season has been unbelievable. Through the first six games of the year, Anderson carried the ball 22 times for 80 yards and a single score. However, the redshirt sophomore exploded onto the scene against Kansas State with 19 carries, 147 yards, and the game winning trot into the end zone. Emerging as the feature back, Anderson eclipsed the 100-yard barrier in five of the last six outings. On the biggest stage of his career so far, this running back will certainly be the focus of the TCU Defense. Yet, with an offensive line anchored by Orlando Brown, the ball carrier should find success…so much so that he cruises to a 200-yard day.