Big 12 Notebook: Oklahoma teams stay ideal, Kansas State struggles

Oklahoma State Falls To TCU In Big 12 Opener

Oklahoma State Falls To TCU In Big 12 Opener

For the Cowboys' top players, the fourth quarter has been Coaches Decision - No Need To Participate.

"They've been at a high level", TCU head coach Gary Patterson said of the Cowboys offense led by Rudolph.

If any FCS teams are going to be able to challenge those two juggernauts, it will probably come from the next dozen rated teams: South Dakota State (33), Illinois State (34), and Youngstown State (35), all from NDSU's Missouri Valley Conference; Sam Houston State (35), Richmond (down to 36 after a 68-21 demolition of Howard), the Citadel (36), and the collection of teams at 37: Jacksonville State, Liberty, Villanova, South Dakota, Wofford and Central Arkansas. And they've still got a lot of good players.

There's only seven Big 12 football teams in action this week.

If the Cowboys can continue this trend on Saturday, it might be hard for TCU regain their composure in time to mount a comeback attempt.

Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) looks to pass against the Baylor Bears during the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium.

That was the first time in school history more than two receivers reached 100 yards in the same game and the first time any team had four since Texas Tech in 2005. Last Saturday at Pitt, in what was expected to be a challenging game for the Cowboys, Rudolph threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns - in the first half.

"TCU will be the best team that we've played up to this point", said OSU coach Mike Gundy. "No matter what level you're playing at, peewee all the way through the National Football League, if your quarterback gets it and he's experienced you've got a chance to win". Sure, I'm not massively confident in TCU storming into Stillwater and winning with authority.

Which brings us to the "other" senior quarterback in this game.

2nd Down: Can Kenny Hill take over a game? Kenny Hill is a slippery quarterback who can burn defenses with his arm and legs. But this is one of those games where the underdog certainly has as good a shot as anybody, even with Oklahoma State being favored by 11.5 points. However, the Frogs are 0-3 in Stillwater. The Horned Frogs are a top 20 FBS offense, but still a football field behind the Cowboys. When Bob Stoops was hired in December 1998 by athletic director Joe Castiglione, president David Boren had been in place since December of 1994.

Limiting the Big 12 games this week also limits the amount of teams that can be put on upset alert.

In 2016, Boren pushed for the conference to consider expansion. He's already the school's all-time passing leader.

When examining the big picture of the next six weeks, Texas looms as a significant presence on the OU and OSU schedules.

The Cowboys have produced a defensive touchdown in every game this season. Through three games he is tied with Washington for the team lead with 13 receptions and is second with 235 yards.

Why so long? It's the Big 12, folks. This weekend's game at Georgia is their shot to prove that they will compete with Alabama for the SEC West crown. There was considerable legal wrangling before all parties were satisfied and the lawyers had enough billable hours to afford another yacht. The game is slated to begin on Saturday, September 23rd at 3:30 p.m. EST and can be seen on the ESPN Network for your viewing pleasure. The Pac-12 championship game will be played on December 1 and televised by Fox.

"If you give Rudolph time, he'll do what he does, and if you're going to stay in the ball game, you can't allow Oklahoma State to throw the deep ball, plain and simple", Patterson said. Don't expect much offense if you tune into this game. In recent years, the Big 12 has found itself slotted into the noon ET and 3:30 ET windows for games that typically are regionally telecast.

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