Five-Point Plan To Defeating TCU

Oklahoma State is a five-point underdog to third-ranked TCU on Saturday, but here's a five-point plan on how the Cowboys can improve their record to 9-0 with an upset of the Horned Frogs.

TCU is favored on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium by five points, which I think is entirely fair. The Frogs are really good. However, I have a five-point plan for Oklahoma State success against TCU. Quick and simple, here we go.

1. Don't stop Trevone Boykin, but contain him. The one-man offensive show can really run up huge numbers, but if Oklahoma State can hold him to less than 300 passing yards and less than 100  rushing yards the Cowboys you give themselves a chance. That is still close to or right at 400 yards of total offense. Realistically you would expect 270 yards or more passing from Mason Rudolph and hopefully a few yards rushing and not a negative number, and then from J.W. Walsh you would like to see 70 passing yards or more and with the enhanced Walsh package 50 rushing yards. That adds up close to the same number for the Cowboys two-headed quarterback situation. 

2. Turnovers are always critical and I think the Cowboys need to be plus-two in this department. Get it, two is turnovers. It doesn't matter if it is 2-0 or 3-1, just two more turnovers and preferably make them turnovers that either prevent a TCU score or lead to an OSU score. 

3. Penalties will be important. Oklahoma State had too many senseless penalties at Texas Tech and against one of the most penalized teams in the league could have had a big advantage there but instead they aided some Tech possessions with late hits and pass interference and more. TCU will collect a few penalties, so keep your total down and it helps in the hidden yardage department.

4. One play in special teams leads to score. This can be a return or a blocked kick or botched punt. Oklahoma State has had a bunch of those this season. Just start adding them up and they need another one or two of those left in this season. Those kind of plays like Jalen McCleskey's return and Miketavius Jones' block, scoop and score are huge momentum plays. 

5. Have the lead and the ball with two minutes to go. Oklahoma State needs to be ready to eat up the last few minutes with Walsh and the run package in the ballgame. Late in a game like that against an offense like TCU it is very hard to prevent a team from driving. Legs are like silly putty at that point.

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