TCU will do something this Saturday it has yet to do since entering the Big 12. Host Oklahoma State football at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The Cowboys come to Fort Worth at 5-1 on the season, and 3-0 in Big 12 play, having already defeated Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas. Their one loss came in the first week of the season to Florida State.
Quarterback Daxx Garman has been a solid replacement for the injured J. W. Walsh, but over the past three games, Garman has thrown five interceptions. That's not a good sign for the Cowboys, as they go up against a TCU defense hungry to prove it's still the best in the Big 12.
There's little doubt that Oklahoma State will try to beat TCU the same way Baylor did, with the deep ball, but the question is, do they have the talent at wide receiver to do it? While not as talented or deep as the Baylor receiving core (few, if any, teams in the country are as deep at WR as Baylor), the Cowboys do have some guys that could disrupt TCU's secondary. Brandon Shepard, David Glidden and Tyreek Hill all have 18 receptions for the Pokes so far this season, and are three of six Oklahoma State receivers that are averaging over 10.2 yards per catch.
Meanwhile, on the ground Oklahoma State is led by senior running back Desmond Roland, who has averaged 4.1 yards per carry through the first six games of the season. Roland has seven rushing touchdowns on the season, but has yet to eclipse the 100 yard rushing mark. Receiver Tyreek Hill is also a threat to run the ball, as the speed demon has averaged 5.2 yards per carry this season.
However, while Oklahoma State's offense seems potent, they are coming off a very shaky game against Kansas, where they accumulated only 275 yards of offense and 20 points (zero in the second half). If not for a 99 yard kickoff return with just under seven minutes left in the game, who knows how that game would have ended up.
I fully expect TCU's defense to come out on fire for this game, and I fully expect the offense (yes, with Trevone Boykin) to come out firing as well.