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No. 13 Oklahoma needs a win over TCU to improve its chances of reaching the Big 12 title game


TCU (5-6, 3-5 Big 12) at No. 13 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2, No. 13 CFP), Friday, noon ET (FOX)

Line: Oklahoma by 9 1/2, according to  FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Oklahoma leads 17-6.


Oklahoma could reach the Big 12 Conference championship game in its final season before joining the Southeastern Conference. The 13th-ranked Sooners are in a three-way tie with Oklahoma State and Kansas State for second place in the Big 12, and a win on Senior Day would help their cause significantly. Oklahoma bounced back from losses to Kansas and Oklahoma State with victories over West Virginia and BYU, and now the Sooners sit a game behind Texas. A year after playing for the national title, TCU needs a win to become bowl eligible.


TCU quarterback Josh Hoover vs. Oklahoma DB Billy Bowman. Hoover, a freshman, has passed for more than 300 yards in three straight games. Bowman is tied for second nationally with five interceptions and is tied for the national lead with two returns for touchdowns. He took one back 100 yards for a score last Saturday against BYU. He leads the nation with 193 interception return yards.


TCU: Jared Wiley. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end caught seven passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns last week against Baylor. In his past three games, he has 17 catches for 307 yards.

Oklahoma: Gavin Sawchuk. The redshirt freshman has rushed for at least 100 yards in three straight games. In those three contests, he is averaging 117.7 yards per game and 7.2 yards per carry.


Oklahoma coach Brent Venables said quarterback Dillon Gabriel should play Saturday if he continues to progress from an upper-body injury that knocked him out of the BYU game in the second quarter. ... TCU gained 668 yards in a 55-24 win over the Sooners last season. ... Oklahoma seeks its 700th win of the modern era. The Sooners have the most wins of any program since the start of the 1946 season. ... TCU RB Emani Bailey has rushed for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. ... Oklahoma's Nic Anderson and Drake Stoops are tied for the Big 12 lead with nine touchdown receptions.


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