Breaking down TCU vs. Oklahoma State

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Other Big 12 teams in the FPI Top 25 this week are No. 11 TCU, No. 21 Texas and No. 22 Kansas State.

How can you tune in to Saturday afternoon's game between TCU and Oklahoma State? TCU has the league's best defense and now faces an Oklahoma State team that has piled up 607 total yards per game and outscored opponents 59-0 in the first quarter. The Horned Frog offense put up some impressive numbers collecting over 600 yards of total offense.

Rudolph knows he's in for a challenge.

The Longhorns took nationally -ranked USC to the wire, Vanderbilt upset the former AP No. 18 Wildcats, and the Sooners remained in the top three after trouncing Tulane by a 42-point margin. The Horned Frogs got burned once, on an 86-yard touchdown catch by Washington.

Give TCU football coach Gary Patterson ample credit here; not only does he coach his players to play well on the field, but to lie to the media just as effectively. "They've rallied together and they're making plays". Oklahoma State picked him off twice. Colorado knows they are better than the 41-10 drumming they received at the paws of the Huskies a year ago.

There are plenty of teams that haven't won a game yet - but for these teams, who were either projected to be "on the rise" or legitimate contenders before the season, things are already looking ugly. And what are we to make of USC and MI? Apparently, Vegas thinks these defenses are good enough to keep this from being another Tulsa vs Toledo type game. You better prepare for them all.

Other big names like Arden Key (LSU) have missed time to injury, but there's been a shakeup in terms of the best of the best in each position, even this early in the season.

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Another individual matchup to watch is the TCU running game against the Oklahoma State front seven.

After a 28-yard touchdown run by Anderson and nine-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Hill to John Diarse, TCU held a 20-7 advantage. Jalen McCleskey had 162 yards, Washington 124, Marcell Ateman 109 and Dillon Stoner 100.

NOTES: Oklahoma State found itself facing adversity for the first time this season, playing the game without three starters: OL Zach Crabtree (toe) and Larry Williams (ankle) and WR Chris Lacy (shoulder). Hicks amassed almost 1,500 total yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a junior last season. Still, the Cowboys are also off to a 3-0 start. It is a phenomenon in one moderately populated state, and historically, in the national college football picture that determines so much of the happiness and misery in the nation, it has registered only in certain seasons. So originally, they were estimating a 38-26 type of ball game. It's pursuit angles. How many turnovers are created by great pursuit angles?

"Coach P always tells us we enjoy the underdog mentality", senior left tackle Joseph Noteboom said. "We coach it like that". Hill has completed 63 of his 84 passes for 737 yards and eight touchdowns to only two interceptions. OSU also ranks fourth in scoring (54) and seventh in passing (407.3).

"I thought the younger guys did a good job of stepping in", Lundblade said. NC State is struggling to move the ball on the ground, and a stout Florida State defense will make life hard for Ryan Finley and company.

RUDOLPH'S MILESTONE: Rudolph needs 151 yards passing to become the first Oklahoma State quarterback to reach 10,000 yards in a career. Rudolph finished with 497 yards and five TDs on 23-of-32 passing.



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