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PFB Picks: Can Oklahoma State Get Bowl Eligible Against TCU?

Laying out our predix before TCU comes to town.



The Cowboys are home after their upset win in Ames and looking for that ever-elusive consecutive conference victory. OSU hasn’t strung together Big 12 wins in two years and hasn’t bested TCU in three. Hopefully both of those streaks end on Saturday.

Ahead of the action PFB’s staff convened to lay out our predictions for OSU-TCU.

Final Score

Kyle Boone — Oklahoma State 35 | TCU 27: OSU’s success here is dependent upon its success opening up the run game. TCU ranks No. 15 defensively in that department. And yet … I know what my eyes have seen this season, and my eyes tell me Chuba Hubbard could slice through the Patriots defense so long as five guys in front of him are attempting to block. Big week for Hubbard, big win for OSU.

Kyle Cox — Oklahoma State 31 | TCU 24: I think the Cowboys get bowl eligible in Week 9. They are currently on pace with last year’s team, but I think this defense is better and Spencer Sanders has enough weapons to get the better of his frosh QB counterpart, Max Duggan.

Marshall Scott — TCU 35 | Oklahoma State 31: I, like most I’m sure, am terrible at picking Oklahoma State football games. With that said, here is my justification for this: OSU sometimes struggles with mobile QBs, and Duggan can do that. Duggan also has one of the most dynamic weapons in the conference in Jalen Reagor, who I think OSU’s defense could have a hard time stopping. Offensively, OSU wasn’t great last weekend in Ames, and TCU is good defensively.

Kyle Porter — TCU 33 | Oklahoma State 21: I don’t really trust either team, but Mike Gundy and Co. have lost both Tylan and the benefit of the doubt over the last few weeks. It took an outlier defensive game in Ames for OSU to even have a chance, and now I’m supposed to believe they’re going to beat TCU with either two elite defensive performances in a row or a renewed offense without their most talented guy? I’m dubious.

Which Receiver Will Step Up in Tylan’s Absence?

Boone: Jelani Woods could have a big role in the passing game, and he’s been really solid of late. With TCU likely stacking the box and daring Sanders to throw, short, quick passes across the middle could free him up to have a big game.

Cox: Braydon Johnson. He’s been as efficient as he has been dynamic when given the chance. And I foresee and bigger workload for the speedy sophomore.

Scott: I’ll go with Dillon Stoner. He seems due for a decent game. It’s kind of incredible that neither he or Landon Wolf has a TD catch this season.

Porter: Feels like C.J. Moore time. He’s almost two years into the program, and while we’re certainly not in make or break territory for him, we’re definitely in make or start asking some questions about what the future looks like territory. Also: Braydon.

Defensive Player of the Game

Boone: Amen Ogbongbemiga. Total guess, but when you’re throwing a hail mary prediction, I suppose a player whose name typically concludes a prayer is a safe bet.

Cox: Kolby Harvell-Peel. He was disruptive in the passing game in Ames and I think he continues that against the freshman pass Duggan.

Scott: Jarrick Bernard. I don’t know, I just have a hunch.

Porter:A.J. Green. I think I maybe always pick him.

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