After winning an offensive shootout last Saturday, the TCU Horned Frogs travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Kickoff is set for 3:30 from Boone Pickens Stadium, and can be viewed on ESPN.
TCU faced a bit of an early scare from SMU last weekend, trailing 19-7 at one point. But knowing the offensive potential they have, there wasn’t much to worry about. They ended up rolling, 56-36 in a game where QB Kenny Hill put it all together and his wide receivers flashed some serious speed.
They’ll still need to play defensively like they did against Arkansas to have a chance in this one. There’s very few teams that can get in a track meet with Oklahoma State, and one of those is probably TCU. That’s why they must show resilience in the secondary to contain Mason Rudolph.
The Oklahoma State QB and his offense showed no mercy against Pitt, scoring 49 first-half points. He had 423 yards and 5 touchdowns, and that was just in the first half. He has a slew of talented weapons at his disposal, from Marcell Ateman to James Washington. They have nine players who’ve already scored offensive touchdowns.
Because of that, the Cowboys enter in as 13-point favorites.
TCU has at times this year flashed the potential of having the type of defense they used to have under Gary Patterson. But signs and instances of something is not going to be enough to stop Mason Rudolph.
The Horned Frogs don’t have the atrocious type of secondary the Pitt Panthers have, but Rudolph simply has too many weapons for other Big 12 teams to cover. Oklahoma is the only other team in the conference equipped to beat them at this point. TCU had a somewhat impressive win over Arkansas, but the firepower they’re about to face does not compare.
If it’s not Washington, it’s Ateman, and if it’s not him it’s Jalen McCleskey. And Don’t forget about Dillon Stoner either. And that’s just the wideouts. The Cowboys also have three running backs capable of shredding defenses, all of them having 6.6 yards or more per-carry.
TCU has some big-hitters offensively as well, with Hill finally coming around a bit. He’s certainly one of the better dual-threat QBs in the conference. Darius Anderson, Kyle Hicks, and Sewo Olonilua form their own three-headed monster in the run-game.
But this is a matter of keeping up. None of those previously mentioned in the last paragraph will do TCU any good stopping the second-best scoring offense in the country. TCU did well against Austin Allen, the reliable QB for Arkansas. But they gave up 339 yards passing last week, and they merely don’t have the athletes to stack up against the Cowboys on that side of the ball.
Oklahoma State has blown away the spread they’ve had the last two years vs. TCU. They burned them 31-6 in Ft. Worth last year. Forasmuch as the Horned Frogs have improved, the Cowboys have perhaps made even greater enhancements.
They’ve covered their last four games, and will keep that streak going Saturday.