Big 12 Championship | TCU vs Oklahoma: Identifying The X-Factor

TCU X-Factor

In the first meeting, the Oklahoma Sooners upended the TCU Horned Frogs by a final of 38-20. Some may argue that Gary Patterson’s defense played the game short-handed after losing Mat Boesen. The 6-4 235-pound defensive end was ejected 2.5 minutes into the second quarter of the contest after whipping his legs around while on the ground between two offensive linemen.

The move effectively took TCU’s top pass rusher out of the equation. Since the ejection, Boesen funneled the rage into production on the field. Collecting 5.5 sacks in a single game against Baylor, the senior effectively set a school record. Now standing at 11.5 sacks on the year, Boesen leads the league. Behind a relentless motor and elite technique, this defensive end is the X-Factor for TCU in the Championship Game.

Oklahoma X-Factor

Throughout the duration of the year, the Oklahoma offense appeared nearly unstoppable. With weapons all over the field, it’s easy to overlook a player like Dimitri Flowers. Posting just 26 rushing yards, Flowers has been most effective in the receiving game with 393 yards. On 22 catches, the fullback sits at 17.9 yards per catch. Crossing the goal line eight times this season, Flowers posted baffling numbers in the first meeting against TCU.

Carrying the ball a single time, Flowers rushed for a single yard on November 11th. Earning a reputation as a versatile playmaker, the fullback allows Lincoln Riley’s offense to move quickly. Expect the experienced player to take on a bigger role in the Big 12 Championship Game. Flowers earns an easy label as the Sooners X-Factor.

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