While many Oklahoma State fans have conversed and expressed opinions on the offense, quarterbacks and the passing game and what needs to happen for the Cowboys to win, I think it will be the defense and how well they contain the Texas Tech offense that will play the greater role in deciding the outcome.
The OSU defense leads the Big 12 in getting off the field on third downs as opponents are converting only 30.5 percent of their third downs.
Texas Tech is turning the ball over at an ugly rate at home with 13 turnovers in four games and more have come in the more recent home games.
"They've fumbled 20 times this season and they've only lost seven," said head coach Mike Gundy discussing turnovers. "They are either going to start losing more of those and the law of averages catches up to them or they are going to continue to be lucky."
Gundy is also convinced that he's going to find out how good his defense really is because he believes the Red Raiders offense is really talented.
At the end of the night there will be an answer on how many teams will be left in the Big 12 race. Baylor and Oklahoma are off Saturday before their showdown next Thursday, so they will remain in the hunt until one falls out after that contest. Texas is in good shape with a 4-0 league record and hosting Kansas.
However, with a second loss either the Red Raiders or the Cowboys will move into a spoiler role in the race.
Kickoff for the FOX broadcast is 6 p.m., and it can be heard on the Cowboys Sports Network with the always informative pregame show starting at 4 p.m.