TCU (8-0, 5-0) at Oklahoma State (8-0, 5-0)
When: Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Time: 3:30 ET | TV: FOX
Three teams sit at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play in the Big 12 and two of those teams will meet today in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The TCU Horned Frogs visit Oklahoma State in what is basically and elimination game for both teams as far as the College Football Playoff goes. The first rankings were released on Tuesday, and saw the Big 12 get little respect for their three unbeaten. TCU came in at eighth and are led by Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin who is having a phenomenal season. He’s completing a career best 66% of his passes for 2,927 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions. He needs just 235 yards passing to surpass Andy Dalton as the school’s all-time leading passer. He should do that easily today as his low this season in a game was 246 yards. Boykin also has 524 yards rushing and another 6 scores. Senior wide receiver Josh Doctson is enjoying the top receiving season in the nation with single-season school records of 71 receptions, 1,250 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns and needs just 32 yards to pass Mike Renfro as TCU’s career yardage leader. TCU’s defense ranks near the middle in FBS, but is coming off a strong game last week when they held West Virginia to just 10 points.
Oklahoma State is getting even less respect by the Playoff Committee. They’re ranked 14th despite and 8-0 start and 8th best scoring offense in the country. They really don’t have any signature wins and their non-conference schedule was pathetic. With that being said, they probably control their own destiny. If they can get by TCU today, they still play Baylor, and Oklahoma and have a legitimate shot with an undefeated record. Oklahoma State has scored 58 or more points three times this season including putting 70 on Texas Tech last week. The Cowboys are working with two quarterbacks as Mason Rudolph has completed 63.9% of his passes for 2,482 yards and 12 touchdowns and senior backup quarterback J.W. Walsh has accounted for 16 touchdowns while handling the ball on 58 offensive touches. Walsh is 18-for-23 with 296 yards and nine TD’s as a passer and has rushed for 194 yards and seven touchdowns on 35 carries. The Cowboys might not be a top four team, but they still are solid and can give anyone trouble in Stillwater.
I really don’t know how Oklahoma State is going to stop Boykin today. The only way the Pokes can upset TCU is by creating a few turnovers and scoring on just about every possession. TCU won 42-9 last year, but I’m expecting a much higher scoring game. I don’t see much defense being played here today, so I’ll take the over with a small play on TCU -5.5.
Pick: Over 77