The 12th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs will look to bounce back from their heartbreaking Week 6 road loss ‘robbery’ to Baylor when they host the 15th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in a Week 8 showdown that will undoubtedly have bowl game implications for both squads.
No. 15 Oklahoma State at No. 12 TCU
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Kickoff: FOX Sports 1
TV: 4:00 PM ET
Spread: TCU -9
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I’m stunned that not many people are talking about the bogus pass interference call against TCU late in regulation against Baylor, particularly after getting the short end of the stick on a nearly identical play just minutes earlier.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin tossed a sideline fade toward wide receiver Josh Doctson, but the receiver couldn’t come up with it as TCU looked for a pass interference call on defensive back Ryan Reid with 1:11 left.
TCU QB Trevone Boykin not injured and did practice http://t.co/cQQhPCvuT7
— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) October 14, 2014
Still, TCU performed fantastically in its narrow 61-58 loss to Baylor on Saturday and had a chance to win it late in regulation before getting stopped on a short fourth down play.
"We make it … you have an opportunity to go down and kick a field goal, and you win it," head coach Gary Patterson said. "Their field goal kicker did well today, but he had not kicked well before it got to today."
Running back B.J. Catalon scored three touchdowns for the Horned Frogs, including a 94-yard kickoff return in the first half, while Boykin added 287 passing yards and a score.
Oklahoma State hasn’t lost since narrowly falling to Florida State in their regular season opener. The Cowboys have won five straight and come into this contest off a closer-than-expected 27-20 win over upset-minded Kansas on Saturday. The Cowboys have found numerous ways to win games this season.
"We’ve got a ways to go," head coach Mike Gundy said afterward. "It feels like I have a crystal ball or something. I said a month ago it’s going to be a battle every game we’re in."
Quarterback Daxx Garmann threw for 161 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Cowboys (5-1, 3-0), while running back Desmond Roland added 187 rushing yards and another score to avoid the game Jayhawks.
"You never want to go to a place and lose," said Cowboys wide receiver Jhajuan Seales. "Kansas had a great scheme and came out and played well."
While I like the Horned Frogs to get right back in the win column by taking out rival Oklahoma State in their Week 8 Big 12 showdown, I just don’t see TCU winning this game by the 10 points it will take for them to cover the spread.
Oklahoma State is ranked 28th in scoring (37.2 ppg) and has a very well-balanced offense that ranks inside the Top 80 in both rushing and passing.
I like Trevone Boykin and the Horned Frogs to get the narrow win with Oklahoma State giving them all they can handle and them some before narrowly falling.
Oklahoma State ranks a solid 62nd in points allowed (24.7 ppg) and I like the fact that the Cowboys are very solid in all three phases of the game.
The Cowboys are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games. TCU has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games versus a team with a winning road record.
The Horned Frogs will win this one in another thriller!