Sooners schedule preview: TCU

December 1, 2012: TCU

2011 record: 11-2 | 2011 conference record: 9-0 (Mountain West)

OU’s all-time against TCU: 7-4

Top returners: QB Casey Pachall, RB Waymon James, WR Josh Boyce, C James Fry, G Blaize Foltz, DE Stansly Maponga, DT David Johnson, DT D.J. Yendrey, LB Kenny Cain, CB Jason Verrett, S Devin Johnson

Key losses: WR Antoine Hicks, WR Jonathan Jones, TE Brock Logan, OT Jeff Olson, OT Robert Deck, G Kyle Dooley, DE Braylon Broughton, LB Tank Cardner, LB Kris Gardner, CB Greg McCoy, S Johnny Fobbs

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Waymon James* (875 yards)

Passing: Casey Pachall* (2,921 yards)

Receiving: Josh Boyce (998 yards)

Tackles: Kenny Cain* (72)

Sacks: Stansly Maponga* (13.5)

Interceptions: Tank Cardner, Greg McCoy, Kris Gardner (3)

What they’re saying: "Obviously it has been a long journey for us. When you're sitting on the side of the mountain, you don't rest. We've got to keep climbing the mountain." -- TCU head coach Gary Patterson

Three things to watch:

1. The Horned Frogs have one of the most successful programs of the last five years. But how will they respond to the step up in competition. It’s one thing to dominate the Mountain West. Quite another to do the same in the Big 12.

2. The Big 12 has been the best QB conference in America. Overshadowed by the likes of Landry Jones, Geno Smith and Collin Klein, TCU’s Casey Pachall is an underrated, but dangerous quarterback. If TCU is going to compete for a Big 12 title, Pachall will have to play like one of the Big 12’s best.

3. The Horned Frogs have a veteran-laden defensive line with all four starters back, led by Stansly Maponga, who is coming off a 13.5-sack season. If the Horned Frogs can stuff opposing running games while also pressuring the QB, they will be a tough out for anyone in the Big 12.