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TCU (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1), 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday (FSN)

Line: Oklahoma State by 7 1/2

Series Record: Oklahoma State leads 11-9-2

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Oklahoma State needs a win to maintain a realistic shot at defending its Big 12 title, and TCU is trying to improve to 3-0 in conference road games in its first season in the league. The Horned Frogs have won 14 straight conference road games dating to their Mountain West days.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle vs. TCU defense. Randle leads the Big 12 and is eighth nationally at 127.5 rushing yards game, and TCU ranks seventh in the country in rushing defense at 92 yards per game. Although they lost to Texas Tech 56-53 in triple overtime last weekend, the Horned Frogs held the Red Raiders to 71 yards on 27 carries, with 47 of those yards coming on one play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TCU DE Devonte Fields leads the Big 12 in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (8), and he leads all freshmen nationally in both categories. He has already broken the TCU freshman record for sacks and has a shot at the FBS freshman record in both categories.

The Oklahoma State quarterbacks. Wes Lunt is the likely starter, but Clint Chelf could play a week after J.W. Walsh played most of a win over Iowa State with a knee injury that is likely to sideline him the rest of the season. Lunt, a true freshman, won a preseason battle for the starting job but was replaced by Walsh after injuring a knee early in the season.

FACTS & FIGURES

It’s the first meeting between the teams since a 27-22 Oklahoma State victory in 1993. — Both coaches are the winningest in school history. Gary Patterson has 114 victories at TCU, and Mike Gundy has 63 at Oklahoma State. — The Frogs and Cowboys have the longest active streaks of scoring at least 20 points per game. TCU’s run is 33 games, followed by Oklahoma State at 32. — The Cowboys have had four different receivers with 100-yard games in a season for the first time in school history. The group includes Charlie Moore, Josh Stewart, Tracy Moore and Blake Jackson, who has done it twice. — TCU WR Skye Dawson, a sprinting standout on the track team, had a career-high 10 catches for 154 yards against Texas Tech. It was the first 10-catch game for a TCU receiver in seven years.

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