I mean, seriously. Have they watched TCU play offense? Do what they want? Do they even know what they want to do?
Dynamic offense? I am dying here, folks.
Offense has rarely been a concern for Mike Gundy’s teams since he’s been running the show in Stillwater. Defensively, however, his Cowboys have allowed more than 40 points in three of their last four games. That’s not a great sign heading into a game against an offense as dynamic as what TCU brings to the table. The Horned Frogs have scored 30-plus points five times in 2020, I’m not sure Oklahoma State has the answer to preventing TCU from doing whatever they want on offense. This is likely to be a high-scoring affair, but the team with the better defense will prevail. Right now, it’s advantage TCU.
Protect the football and run some clock.
Winning the turnover and rushing battles
Under coach Mike Gundy, history says winning the turnover battle and winning on the ground are two ways to best predict an Oklahoma State win.
The Cowboys are 72-10 since 2005 when winning the turnover battle and 39-3 during the same time span in games in which they commit zero turnovers.
Oklahoma State is 103-25 when outrushing the opposition and 43-5 when limiting opponents to less than 100 rushing yards, a mark the Frogs have fallen short of just twice this season.
If the Frogs want to beat the Cowboys, they are going to need to win the turnover battle and in the run game.
They won’t rule a bowl game out, yet, though.
Donati and SMU AD Rick Hart issued a joint statement that read, in part, “Unfortunately, for reasons outside of our control, we will not be able to play this year. We are both disappointed but look forward to the rivalry and the 100th battle for the Iron Skillet in 2021.”
Donati acknowledged the TCU-SMU matchup remains a possibility this year in a bowl game.
The TCU-La Tech kickoff time will not coincide with the men’s basketball game against Texas A&M at Dickies Arena that same day. Tip-off for the basketball game is set for 1 p.m. The football date is also flexible should the game have to be pushed back to later the following week (Dec. 16-18).
TCU and Louisiana Tech have played just once before in the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl. The Frogs defeated the Bulldogs 31-24. The highlight of the game was quarterback Casey Pachall completing a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left for the game-deciding score.
There has been growth. There will be more.
“For me, it’s ‘How did we get better?’” Patterson said. “Let’s just take the offensive line. We’ve gotten better. I see people say, well, they still haven’t fixed this and that. Well, to fix something, you have to have a remedy. You’ve got to have something to go to. If you only have five guys, and that’s all you got that can go play, you can’t have a remedy. There’s no other answer.
“It’s not like we get free agency and we go out and pick somebody off somebody else’s team. You’re going to play with who you’ve got, like in the Kansas game, they did an unbelievable job.”