The Big 12 showdown between No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 TCU on Saturday will highlight a rare game day featuring three top-10 matchups when the Horned Frogs and Sooners go head-to-head in Norman, Okla.
The game will be FOX’s game of the week — which can only mean one thing: fans will get to hear fan-favorite broadcaster Gus Johnson call the game, alongside analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft.
And the broadcast assignment, for what its worth, is even better news for TCU fans hoping to see their team pick up its first victory at Oklahoma since 2005.
That’s because Big 12 home teams haven’t done so well lately when Johnson is calling the game.
Dating back to 2016, the home team has lost the last six times when Johnson has called a Big 12 conference game. That streak began on Oct. 1, 2016 — ironically, at the TCU-Oklahoma game. The Sooners prevailed, 52-46.
The only exception was the 2016 Texas-Oklahoma game. The Sooners were the “home team” in the neutral site contest in Dallas, Texas.
Here are the complete results of every Big 12 league-game Johnson has been on the call for since the trend began. The home team is listed first:
- Oct. 1, 2016 — TCU 46, Oklahoma 52
- Oct. 8, 2016 — Oklahoma 45, Texas 40 *(Cotton Bowl — Dallas, Texas)
- Oct. 15, 2016 — Texas Tech 17, West Virginia 48
- Nov. 5, 2016 — Baylor 22, TCU 62
- Sept. 30, 2017 — Texas Tech 34, Oklahoma State 41
- Oct. 21, 2017 — Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 42
- Nov. 4, 2017 — Oklahoma State 52, Oklahoma 62
Another exception came on Sept. 16, 207, as Texas lost on the road to USC when Johnson was on the call. That, however, was a non-conference game.
On Saturday night, we’ll learn if the streak of home team woes with Gus Johnson comes to an end back where it all began, or lives on for yet another week.
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