5 Keys to Victory vs. Oklahoma State

The #12 TCU Horned Frogs welcome the #15 Oklahoma State Cowboys to Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday. With a win, TCU will remain in the mix for the Big 12 title. Here are our 5 keys to victory.

5. Get Past the Emotional Loss vs. Baylor Last Week

The TCU Horned Frogs are listening to their leader. You can hear it in every interview that’s done with the media. The Frogs echo the words of Gary Patterson down to the letter and because of that, I feel like they truly have left the Baylor game in the past as they’ve been preparing for Oklahoma State. If the Frogs want to stay in the thick of the Big 12 title race, they’ll need to do just what they’ve always preached; leave the past in the past. If TCU can do this, they can pull out the victory on Saturday.

4. Protect Trevone Boykin

With the injury news coming down this week, it will be imperative that the Frogs protect Boykin on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether or not the injury will limit Boykin running the ball, but it’s conceivable that it could do just that. With the possibility of Boykin throwing more and running less, it becomes increasingly more important for the o-line to protect their field general and give him time to throw.

3. Force Pressure by Bringing an Array of Blitz Packages

TCU has to get pressure on Daxx Garman. Garman completes just 57.9% of his passes and if you base anything off of the Kansas game last week, he doesn’t look extremely comfortable when he’s getting pressured. Garman has been sacked 15 times this season and the Oklahoma State offensive line is the weakest it’s been in some time. Injuries and graduation have hit the Cowboys hard and this is an area TCU will need to exploit in order to pull off the win.

2. Shut Down the Run

The Frogs were gashed in the 4th quarter by Baylor last week, but before that, they had looked good against the run all year. They’ll need to return to that winning formula on Saturday and they’ll need to get it started early. Desmond Roland, Tyreek Hill and Rennie Childs have combined for 184 carries for 771 yards (4.19 ypc) and 9 TD’s on the ground. Roland is the bruiser while Hill is the electric scat back that’s a nightmare for defenders in space. Childs provides depth behind those two. TCU will need to stuff the run and make it difficult for the Cowboys to grind out long drives that wear down the defense.

Correct the Deep Ball Coverage

Oklahoma State has seen the film and everyone else in the conference has taken note as well. This will be the number one key to victory over the next two games against both Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Daxx Garman is still an inexperienced quarterback, but he’s proven that he has a knack for throwing a good deep ball. TCU will need to make adjustments but more than anything, they’ll need their young corners and safeties to learn from their mistakes. Nick Orr, Corry O’Meally and Ranthony Texada are going to get tested until they prove that they can stop the deep ball. Veterans Sam Carter, Chris Hackett, Derrick Kindred and Kevin White will need to provide the leadership needed to push the younger guys over the hump. If TCU can make the needed adjustments, they should walk out of Amon G. Carter Stadium with the victory on Saturday evening.

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