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Oklahoma matchup highlight of Big 12 conference starting up play

23 September 2017

The Oklahoma State Cowboys also look to remain unbeaten when they play their first ranked team of the season.

Two weeks ago, the Frogs flew into Fayetteville, Arkansas, and beat the Razorbacks 28-7, winning outright as three-point dogs. No matter who wins, they'll have another massive showdown with No. 3 Oklahoma looming but whoever emerges victorious at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., will set themselves up to challenge the Sooners for the Big 12 championship. Patterson is one of college football's top defensive minds while Oklahoma State's offense might have the nation's best collection of skill players. Hill has thrown 8 touchdowns in the first 3 games, with 737 passing yards.

The Horned Frogs now stand at 5-1 in their last 6 games on the road against teams with a winning home record, 1-4 in their last 5 games overall, and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win.

"That's a huge boost when we're blocking, we see them run by or catch a pass", senior left tackle Joseph Noteboom said.

Oklahoma, 3-0 heading into the beginning of Big 12 play this weekend, is given a 23.8 percent chance of winning out and a 67.5 percent chance of winning the Big 12 for a third consecutive season. Cornerback Ranthony Texada has 31 career starts, safety Nick Orr has 29, safety Niko Small 14, cornerback Julius Lewis 10, safety Ridwan Issahaku 10 and cornerback Jeff Gladney nine.

"This will be the best team that we've played up to this point", OSU coach Mike Gundy said. But since it's so early in the season, I can't complain.

It's going to be all Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys' offense, and TCU won't know what hit them. "They're really hard-working guys, high-intensity guys, so they're definitely doing well for us so far". "It'll be a good game". Well, don't discount the Oklahoma State Cowboys as they are a very good team, with perhaps the best offense in the nation. The Horned Frogs are a top 20 FBS offense, but still a football field behind the Cowboys. "You can't predict it and you just go through the progressions and let the quarterback do what he does, and it makes it easier for everybody".

The mastery of its domain has helped Oklahoma State rise to No. 6 in the rankings and stamp itself as a bona fide College Football Playoff contender.

TCU fumbled three times in the first half, the Mustangs cashed in with a couple of field goals and missed a third attempt. Jalen McCleskey had 162 yards, Washington 124, Marcell Ateman 109 and Dillon Stoner 100.

Scoring Defense Oklahoma State's defense has scored in all three games this season. Linebacker Kenneth Edison McGruder returned a fumble for a touchdown against Tulsa. Rudolph has already thrown for 1,135 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception. Gary Patterson and his crew are pretty talented, but the talent level of Oklahoma State is much higher in this game.

Taxada said that he and teammates focus more in road games because "you have to create your own energy". Sometimes there will be some sputtering drives, but the coaches on the offensive line are making the right calls and making us run up front. "We coach it like that".

Key players: TCU - QB Kenny Hill, RB Darius Anderson, LB Travin Howard; OSU - QB Mason Rudolph, WR James Washington, LB Justin Phillips.

The Bulls average 522.3 yards per game (14th nationally) and put up 680 yards in an easy win over IL last Friday. For me, it's how do I stop it and how do I slow it down? Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph is leading an offense that has looked almost unstoppable.

Oklahoma matchup highlight of Big 12 conference starting up play