vs. Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne and Wide Receivers
The Cowboys secondary is talented too and should be healthier this week with the return of Andrew McGee. How about the play of true freshman Devin Hedgepeth at corner? You have to factor in the pass rush in this equation and here's hoping that defensive end Richetti Jones and company get some good shots and Richetti's former little league quarterback gets put on the ground a few times.
I give a slight edge to Tulsa and I expect Tulsa will move the ball some. What really wins this matchup is if the OSU defense can get more stops on Tulsa than the TU defense can get on the Cowboys offense.
Edge: Slight to Tulsa
vs. Tulsa Defense
Tulsa has struggled with good backs and in allowing them big days running the football. The 3-3 stack defense is a good weapon against the spread passing but creates angles and with the accompanying run-blitz package can move personnel right into a big play for the opposing offense in the run game.
The matchup up front favors the Cowboys and after last week you could expect a more determined and focused offensive line for the Cowboys.
Edge: Huge to OSU Running Game and Hunter
vs. Tulsa Special Teams
Special teams coordinator Joe DeForest is battling how much to play starters and how many opportunities to give younger players on special teams and maintain the accustomed high quality on the coverage and return units.
Tulsa has been very good in this area so far this season. A few big plays in this game from special teams could be a difference maker on Saturday. It would be nice to see Justin Gilbert break one and start building his confidence as a premier return specialist.
Edge: Too Close to Call - Even