The Six Shooter: Six pregame thoughts on Oklahoma State at West Virginia
A wild week in Oklahoma State territory comes to a climax on the East Coast, with an 11 a.m. kickoff at West Virginia’s Milan Puskar Stadium.
It’s the Six Shooter vs. the Mountaineer’s musket. Load ‘em up:
Cowboy in the Crosshairs
Quarterback Dru Brown
Matchup that Matters
OSU defensive backs vs. WVU receiver George Campbell
Campbell is third on the team in receiving, but he’s been on fire lately, and leads the team with six touchdowns. The 6-foot-4 senior had five catches in the first seven games, but has nine catches for 270 yards and three scores in the last three games.
The Cowboy secondary has been on point of late, but can’t allow WVU to get going with big passing plays.
Number to Know
Number of times West Virginia has rushed for 100 yards in a game. Not the number of times the Mountaineers have had a 100-yard rusher. We’re talking team rushing. And both of those games came in September, against North Carolina State and Kansas. Even in last week’s upset of Kansas State, WVU rushed for 96 yards.
The Cowboys must keep West Virginia one-dimensional, and force new starting quarterback Jarret Doege to make plays against their secondary — which has been playing out-of-its-mind good lately.
The Cowboys’ future feels a little less predictable with Dru Brown stepping in, but let’s look at bowl possibilities for a team seeking its eighth win:
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With a win: Texas Bowl. OSU’s bowl destination is more hampered by what is happening to the Big 12 in the CFP rankings than what the Cowboys are doing. Something positive will have to happen at the top of the conference to get the Pokes in the mix for the Alamo Bowl.
With a loss: Cheez-It Bowl. In this instance, OSU would need a Bedlam upset to avoid a Phoenix postseason.
We have yet to see one of my favorite helmets this season, orange with the giant chrome Pete head. Seems like a good time to pull it out.
1 Wild Prediction
Dru Brown rushes for 50 yards
Fifty might not sound like a lot, based on what Spencer Sanders has done in the QB run game this season. But Brown is a different kind of runner. In his 28 career Division I games, he’s rushed for 50 or more yards twice, the last coming on Nov. 12, 2016.
And there's reason to believe OSU would want to protect him, considering the depth situation. But that's what makes it a wild prediction.
(Wild Prediction record: Season: 1-9; All-time, 3-33)