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TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 18 CFP) at Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1, No. 7 CFP), 7 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Off

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 9-5

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The game will impact the Big 12 championship and possibly the College Football Playoff. After a 44-34 win over No. 10 Baylor last week, the Sooners moved up to No. 7 in the CFP rankings. If they can win this one, and win again next week at No. 4 Oklahoma State, they would likely claim the Big 12 and sneak into the playoff. TCU, which faces Baylor next week, can also potentially seize the conference title by winning out, though a playoff berth is far less likely no matter what.

KEY MATCHUP

Two of the nation’s top offenses go head to head. Oklahoma ranks third in the nation in scoring (46.1 points per game) and sixth in total offense (545.5 yards per game), while TCU, even after a disappointing output in last week’s 23-17 win over Kansas, still sits fourth in scoring (44.3) and second in total offense (608).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oklahoma: QB Baker Mayfield. The junior has inserted himself into Heisman Trophy consideration. For the season, he ranks third in the nation in completion percentage (70.2), second in yards per passing attempt (10.0), and second in efficiency rating (183.9).

TCU: QB Trevone Boykin. Will the senior be able to play? And if he does, how effective will he be? Boykin leads the nation in total offense, accounting for an average of 402.3 yards per game, but he played just one quarter before injuring his ankle last week against Kansas.

FACTS & FIGURES

Since losing 24-17 to Texas on Oct. 10, Oklahoma has won five straight games by a combined margin of 276-84, or an average of 55-17. It has also outgained opponents by an average of 618 yards to 308. The Horned Frogs are looking to reach double-digit wins for the sixth time in the last eight years and 10th in the past 14. Prior to coach Gary Patterson’s arrival in 1998, TCU had just four 10-win seasons in its history.

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