When TCU and Oklahoma State face off on Saturday, TCU will be looking for some redemption after a 49-29 loss at the hands of the Pokes in 2015. The Cowboys still have a shot at a Big 12 title, while TCU is simply looking to become bowl-eligible for the 13th time under Gary Patterson.
TCU will have its work cut out for it on Saturday, and here are five reasons why.
1. James Washington, WR
We all remember what Washington did to TCU last year. He racked up 184 receiving yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys went on to win 49-29.
This season he’s been slaughtering defenses, to the tune of 1,132 yards and nine receiving touchdowns through 10 games. He has 56 receptions this season, and is averaging over 20-yards per catch. He’s a beast.
Remember, though, that TCU was without Ranthony Texada for this game last season. Maybe his presence will make a difference on Saturday.
2. Justice Hill, RB
Hill is the workhorse for a trio of running backs that have combined for 1,271 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Along with Rennie Childs and Chris Carson, Oklahoma State’s rushing attack is a fearsome compliment to their solid passing game.
3. Mason Rudolph, QB
Rudolph has had a great season, and his stats bear that out. He has five games with over 350 passing yards, and four games with three or more passing touchdowns.
Of course, when you have a running game like OSU does, it takes a lot of pressure of your quarterback, and when you have a wide receiver like James Washington, it’s even harder to go wrong.
4. Jordan Sterns, S
Sterns leads the Cowboys in tackles (68) and interceptions (3) from his safety spot. The 2015 second team All-Big 12 player is a force in Oklahoma State’s secondary, and he’ll be ready to take advantage of any mistakes made by TCU’s offense.
5. Vincent Taylor, DT
It’s rare that an interior defensive lineman leads a team in sacks, but that’s exactly what Taylor is doing this season for Oklahoma State. His 5.5 sacks lead the team, as do his 9.5 tackles for loss. Taylor is so good at busting up a pocket, and the trio of Elliott, Schlottman, and Pryor will have their hands full with him on Saturday.