Behind Enemy Lines: OSU

Billy Wessels, Publisher
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TCU and Oklahoma State kick off Big 12 play in a top-20 match up this afternoon and to get a little more insight on Oklahoma State, we got in touch with Rivals' insider Matt Clare.

1. Put on your defensive coordinator hat, how do you slow down Mason Rudolph, James Washington and the rest of OSU's offense?

The Cowboys have an embarrassment of riches on offense, especially at the receiver position and with Rudolph playing so well at the quarterback position. My initial thought is to put as much pressure as possible on Rudolph and the Oklahoma State offensive line. TCU has more talent along the defensive line and in their defense as a whole compared to any team Oklahoma State has played this season, and I believe that Rudolph will face more pressure this weekend. Stop Hill and the run game, pressure Rudolph and that should give the TCU defense a chance to get off the field this weekend.

2. How is Washington's health? He was battling a hernia at the end of fall camp, but not much has been mentioned of late.

The severity of said injury is not crystal clear, but he is still fighting through some pain. The media reports were a little overblown and sometimes hernias can be treated after the season. We see this more frequently in baseball with guys playing through the pain, but football is a full contact sport and a big hit could sideline Washington for all we know. He is a dynamic receiver and a great route runner capable of taking a short pass to the endzone at any time.

3. Are there any holes in Oklahoma State's defense?

The corners are still redshirt freshman and some younger guys, so Kenny Hill and his receivers could challenge them downfield, but everything will be dictated by the amount of pressure this Oklahoma State defensive line can apply this weekend. So far, they are stopping the run and making plays, but they have not faced this type of offense yet this season.

4. Oklahoma State hasn't been tested at all yet, can TCU challenge this team?

I believe so, but this offense is very difficult to stop. If the Cowboys get off to another quick start - they are outscoring opponents 57-0 in the first quarter this season - then it could be a long day for Kenny Hill and the offense.

5. What's your prediction?

I think this will be a close game, except it will be all Oklahoma State early and then TCU will settle in, make a few stops and keep things interesting. But I see Oklahoma State outlasting the Horned Frogs at home - OkState 48 - TCU 38

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