The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys will meet this coming Saturday in a matchup of two heavyweight Big 12 programs. The Cowboys are currently searching for their first quality win of the season, while undefeated Texas is beginning a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents (according to USA Today Poll). Needless to say, there will be a hard fought matchup in Stillwater on Saturday night.
Both of these squads are talented enough to win the Big 12.
While Oklahoma State's shoddy defense will likely preclude them from competing with the nation's truly elite squads, they have not scored less than 38 points in a game so far this season. The Cowboys' explosive offense will afford them an opportunity to win every game they play.
Conversely, Texas' two-pronged rushing attack of Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron has wreaked havoc on defenses thus far through 2012.
That said, as both these squads enter conference play, each team has a lot to prove if they want to contend for a Big 12 Championship. The Cowboys' starting quarterback, Wes Lunt, underwent knee surgery two weeks ago and his playing status is in doubt, while the Longhorns still have questions on their offensive line.
Let's take a look at five players that will have a key impact on Saturday night's matchup, and what those players will need to accomplish to power their squads to victory.