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Top five random storylines of the OSU-TCU game

A couple of streaks and what this team has in common with that 2011 team.



This is the last game Desmond Roland didn't score a TD (USATSI)

This is the last game Desmond Roland didn’t score a TD (USATSI)

If nothing else, the 2014 season has been entertaining. We damn near beat Florida State, got entirely way too close to losing to Kansas and have begun questioning the sanity of our offensive coordinator. Throw in JW’s injury, the cannon Daxx has attached to his shoulder and the emergence of “The Freek,” and you’ve got a series of sub-plots surrounding every game.

As we head into a matchup with no. 12 TCU, I’ve chosen to neglect the prominent storylines and instead focus on some of the random variety. While they may not be earth shattering, I find them to be very much like our season so far: entertaining.

1. The Streak

Entering Saturday’s game at TCU, the Cowboys have won eight straight against teams from the state of Texas. While the Horned Frogs are a 9 point favorite at home, they’re coming off of two emotionally draining weekends and may just be vulnerable enough to topple.

It’s time to march into Amon G. Carter Stadium and make like Joseph Randle at a Dillard’s—go steal this one and keep the streak alive.

2. One Win from Bowl Game Eligibility

This is old news around Stillwater at this point, but I grew up in an era of Cowboy football that could only dream of reaching bowl games on a consistent basis. With a win against the Frogs on Saturday, the Pokes become bowl eligible for the ninth straight season.

If it weren’t for that darn 2005 campaign, this streak would be at 12 seasons with a win.

3. No Loss to TCU in 22 Years

While the two teams have only played 24 times in their history, the Cowboys haven’t lost to TCU since 1992. OSU leads the all-time series 13-9-2, which includes last year’s 24-10 win at Boone Pickens Stadium. (Which was also the game Clint Chelf took over at QB for the remainder of the season.)

4. Keep it Roland

Desmond Roland enters Saturday with a streak of his own on the line, as he goes for 7 straight games with a touchdown. Although he missed the Missouri State game due to injury, he’s punched in seven scores so far on the season. The last time he suited up and didn’t score?

November 23, 2013 against Baylor.

5. Obligatory 2011 Reference

With a win on Saturday, the Pokes will start 4-0 in Big 12 play for only the second time since the Big 12 came into existence. The other time? The 2011 season in which the Cowboys finished 12-1, won the Big 12 title and went on to beat Andrew Luck in the Fiesta Bowl.

Not saying this team has any similarities to that squad beyond this random fact, but any parallel we can draw to the best team we’ve ever had…we take that opportunity.

Perhaps these will give you something to think about instead of focusing on the offensive line or, you know, why Tyreek isn’t getting the ball on every play.

Probably not, though.

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