Oklahoma State and TCU will face off in one of Week 9's most underrated games. Even though it's a game that holds a high level of importance for both teams, the Cowboys' elite offense will power them to victory in the key Big 12 clash.
The most impressive thing about the Oklahoma State attack isn't the fact it averages more than 45 points per game—good for fourth in the nation—but rather the sheer number of different players capable of hurting opponents during any given game.
Through six games, the Cowboys have four players with at least 100 yards rushing (including injured quarterback J.W. Walsh) and seven players with at least 100 yards receiving, which is just as effective as a few select players with monster numbers.
While losing Walsh at such a key time isn't an ideal scenario, the Cowboys have two capable replacements in Wes Lunt and Clint Chelf. Having depth at the position is going to save Oklahoma State.
The main reason Cowboys' fans shouldn't be overly concerned is the strength of the system. It may take some time before either guy establishes himself as the clear No. 1 on the depth chart, but whoever is under center should be able to have a good amount of success.
Since Oklahoma State isn't overly dependent on the contributions of one player, it can plug in backup options without missing a beat. The same should be true even at a key position like quarterback.
Having a dominant rushing attack led by Joseph Randle will certainly help the cause as well. The junior has rushed for 765 yards and eight touchdowns while also playing a role in the passing game. Check-down options don't get much better than him.
In other words, TCU shouldn't enter the game thinking it will see anything short of the usual high-flying Cowboys offense or it will get burned.
The Horned Frogs feature a high-risk, high-reward secondary. They have intercepted 14 passes, one of the best totals in the country, but have also allowed 15 passing touchdowns. Mike Gundy and Todd Monken will have their players prepared for that aggressiveness.
All told, it's shaping up to be a high-scoring thriller. Both offenses have the ability to light up the scoreboard and neither defense will be able to do much to slow them down, so fans should be in for quite the wild ride.
Even though the game probably won't be decided until the final minutes, the edge belongs to Oklahoma State's extremely deep and talented offense. Look for the Cowboys to escape with a narrow victory.