The Oklahoma State Cowboys are one of those teams looking for a big win in week eight. With a 4-1 record and a tough loss against the West Virginia Mountaineers just three weeks ago, the Cowboys are looking to step up and put the hurt on someone after two straight poor performances.
Starting the season as one of the dark-horse favorites to win the Big 12, the TCU Horned Frogs have suffered some poor luck and a tough schedule that has led them to a 3-3 record and a 1-2 mark in the Big 12. With one of the worst offenses in the nation, the Horned Frogs have relied heavily on defense to carry them, but Devonte Fields, their best defensive player, is now out for the season.
Oklahoma State is putting its trust in sophomore quarterback J.W. Walsh and he has performed well this season, passing for 1,209 yards and nine touchdowns. As a young quarterback, the sophomore has a bright future with this program as he already has the passing offense of Oklahoma State ranked 22nd in the nation. It’s pretty easy to put up solid numbers when you have a receiver like Josh Stewart lining up on the outside of your offense. While Walsh has been good, Stewart has been a big reason for that success with 21 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns on the season — and that’s not even his best.
Trevone Boykin has become the leader, once again, of the Horned Frogs this season. Losing senior quarterback Casey Pachall in the first two weeks of the season to a devastating long-term injury, this team needs to rely on Boykin moving forward. The sophomore dual-threat is completing over 60 percent of his passes for 964 yards and five touchdowns, but he has four interceptions to go along with it. Boykin also has 247 yards on the ground with three rushing scores. However, the Horned Frogs have one of the worst offenses in the nation — 100th in passing yards, 92nd in rushing yards and 80th in points per game.
Defensively, the Horned Frogs just lost one of the best defensive ends in the nation for the season and will be looking for more defensive help. They rank 30th in the nation in points allowed per game along with 328 yards per game which is 16th in the country. Oklahoma State allows just 20 points per game, which ranks 26th in the nation, as well as a 38th national ranking in yards allowed per game.
The TCU Horned Frogs will travel to Oklahoma State to take on the Cowboys at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.
PREDICTION: TCU 14, Oklahoma State 30