What would your fall look like if you had no restrictions on how you spent your Saturday? Every Big 12 game is an option to attend in person as you strive to see the best game, find the best game-day atmosphere and tailgating, or simply follow your favorite team or player on a weekly basis.
That is the premise of our annual Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip as Jake Trotter, Max Olson and Brandon Chatmon pick one game per week to attend.
We continue the series with Week 5.
Jake Trotter’s pick: Oklahoma at TCU
Whether beat up or a heavy underdog, TCU seemingly always plays the Sooners tough. Even without QB Trevone Boykin, the Horned Frogs rallied to take Oklahoma to the wire last season, before falling on a failed two-point conversion.
Whether it’s Kenny Hill or Foster Sawyer at quarterback, you know Gary Patterson’s bunch will be ready to play for this one. Which could make this a season-defining road trip for the Sooners, one way or the other.
Max Olson’s pick: Oklahoma at TCU
Like I said earlier in this series, I know I’ve probably put too many Oklahoma games on my road trip at this point. This makes three in five weeks with the Red River Rivalry up next. Oh well! Leaving this game off the itinerary was kind of impossible.
OU and TCU have given us entertainingly close games every single year since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12. The margin of victory in their last four meetings: 7, 3, 4, 1. Baker Mayfield loves playing TCU – like everyone else, they didn’t offer him – and the Frogs have a decent shot at being 4-0 going into this home game. It’s a major statement game for both teams that should end with another fantastic finish.
Brandon Chatmon’s pick: Oklahoma at TCU
It’s unanimous! Even though Texas at Oklahoma State sparks my interest, the Sooners trip to Amon G. Carter Stadium could be one of the best Big 12 games of the season.
The Horned Frogs will hope to have some semblance of finality at the quarterback position between Hill and Sawyer by this point and should have one of the conference’s top defensive units. Oklahoma has a backfield trio of Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon that is the conference’s best along with a defense that has speed and talent all over the field.
Oklahoma will enter the season with favorite status, but the trip to TCU stands as one of the Sooners’ toughest Big 12 battles in 2016. The Horned Frogs could send a message by knocking off the defending conference champ early in the season.