Only twice before has OSU started the season 8-0: 1945 and 2011. The Cowboys had an inconsistent history before their recent rise to power; another strong season could cement them as a national powerhouse.
Tech struggled on the road on both sides of the ball last week against Oklahoma. The week before, they eked out a victory against a still winless Kansas team. However, they just need one more win to be bowl eligible, and they’re at home in front of crowd that’s sure to be raucous.
Tech’s offensive line has been a mess the last few games after a stellar start. Emmanuel Ogbah and the rest of the defensive front (which leads the Big 12 in sacks) will look to get after quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has been dropped nine times in the last two games. If he can get some time to make decisions, Mahomes is lethal both throwing and running the ball. He’s sixth in the nation in touchdown passes (21) and 36th in rushing touchdowns (7). He’s got weapons too: Jakeem Grant has had a monster season, averaging almost 100 receiving yards a game. Receivers Reginald David and Devin Lauderdale are also favorite targets of Mahomes. Senior running back DeAndre Washington has had a solid season: he’s averaging over 100 yards on the ground and has eight touchdowns so far.
Tech ranks 125th in rushing yards allowed on the season, and is fresh off of giving up a dominant performance by Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. They also allow 281 passing yards a game. They have forced 17 turnovers so far, but their struggles defending the run have been the only consistent facet of the Red Raiders’ defense. The Big 12 is tough on defenses, and Tech is still looking for their identity.
This is a true test for Oklahoma State. Going to Lubbock has caused some strange things to happen in the past. However, OSU seems to have the advantage on both sides of the ball. This Halloween game has some serious implications for the rest of the season.