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TCU-Oklahoma State preview capsule

No. 5 TCU (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) at No. 12 Oklahoma State (8-0, 4-0), 3:30 p.m. (Fox)

Line: TCU by 5.

Series Record: Oklahoma State leads 13-10-2

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Both teams are pushing for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Both still have to play No. 2 Baylor and No. 14 Oklahoma, and they would like to be unbeaten heading into those marquee matchups. A loss would be almost impossible to overcome this late in the season.

KEY MATCHUP

Oklahoma State QB J.W. Walsh vs. TCU’s defense: Walsh, the backup quarterback, plays mostly in the red zone because he’s a dual threat. Oklahoma State ranks No. 6 nationally in red zone offense, largely because Walsh’s stats look like something off a video game — he’s 18-for-23 for 296 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions, good for a 315.5 passer rating. He also has seven rushing touchdowns on just 35 carries.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

TCU: QB Trevone Boykin. His true Heisman campaign starts now. He’s got the gaudy stats — he ranks second nationally in total offense with 431.4 yards per game. Now, he needs the big wins. This would be the first.

Oklahoma State: DE Emmanuel Ogbah. He ranks fourth nationally with 1.13 sacks per game, and he creates all sorts of other havoc that doesn’t show up on a stat sheet. He has been involved in at least one sack in every game this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

TCU ranks second nationally with 616.3 yards per game, and second with 48.9 points per game. … Oklahoma State ranks seventh nationally with 44 points per game and 15th with 502.9 yards per contest. … TCU is one of the nation’s most penalized teams with 8.25 per game. … TCU is on a school-record 16-game win streak. … TCU WR Josh Doctson has joined Michael Crabtree as the only receivers in the past 20 years to have at least 100 yards and multiple touchdown catches in at least six straight games. … Doctson leads the nation in yards receiving per game (156.3).

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