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Matchups to Watch: Oklahoma State vs. TCU

Two of the strongest rushing offenses in the Big 12 will square off in Fort Worth on Saturday.

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TCU and Oklahoma State combined to rush for 654 yards against their respective opponents this past weekend, scoring 109 cumulative points along the way. The Cowboys and Horned Frogs will square off this weekend, with TCU boasting the No. 1 rushing offense (197.3 yards per game) in the Big 12 Conference and Oklahoma State fielding the No. 3 rushing offense (192.3 yards per game) in the league.

While it’s unclear whether or not Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown will suit up for the Cowboys this weekend, Oklahoma State had no concerns handing rushing duties to Dezmon Jackson, who annihilated Texas Tech’s defense for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries. On the other side, TCU dominated Kansas with several running backs including five-star Zach Evans, who recorded his first 100-yard rushing game as a Horned Frog on 12 carries.

The matchup will also feature two dual-threat quarterbacks in Max Duggan and Spencer Sanders who are dangerous on the run. Duggan ran for a 58-yard score against the Jayhawks this past weekend, while Sanders totaled 78 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries to help lead Oklahoma State over the Red Raiders. Duggan only completed three passes at Kansas, but all three resulted in touchdowns to tight ends Pro Wells and Carter Ware.

Here are three matchups to watch when TCU and Oklahoma State kick off this weekend.

Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson vs. Tylan Wallace

If Hubbard is unable to go for the Cowboys, Wallace becomes Oklahoma State’s most talented offensive player. Wallace leads the Cowboys in receptions (46), yards (785) and touchdowns (5) and he’s averaging a team-leading 17.9 yards per catch this season. While Wallace didn’t face TCU in 2019 due to a knee injury, the 6-foot wide receiver caught four passes for 64 yards from Taylor Cornelius in Oklahoma State’s 31-24 loss to TCU in 2018. Hodges-Tomlinson will be the top Horned Frog corner to cover Wallace in this matchup.

Pro Wells vs. Tre Sterling

TCU’s tight ends saw success against the Cowboys in 2019, with Wells and Artayvious Lynn combining for 82 yards on six catches. Wells was responsible for the only Horned Frog touchdown reception in the game, and he’ll be looking to build on a two-touchdown effort against Kansas this past weekend. He’ll likely see coverage from safety Tre Sterling, who ranks tied for first in interceptions (2) and tied for second in total tackles (57) while adding three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.

Ochaun Mathis vs. Josh Sills

With Teven Jenkins opting out to prepare for the NFL Draft, Sills will likely remain Oklahoma State’s best option at right tackle. Sills earned the start against Texas Tech, and he’ll have his hands full with Ochaun Mathis this weekend. Mathis has been on a tear recently, totaling six sacks over his last three games including two against Kansas. The 6-foot-5 defensive end has overcome a slow start to the 2020 season and now leads TCU with seven sacks.