Tulsa has two game films at their disposal to devise a way to stop Pokes running back Kendall Hunter.
Washington State didn't pay Hunter enough attention, resulting in a 257-yard, four-touchdown performance.
"He really adds a different dimension to their offense," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. "Houston is a lot more pass first and this offense I watched on film (OSU) is very balanced."
Troy paid Hunter plenty of attention and gave up 100-yard receiving days to Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon. And Hunter still finished with 157 rushing yards.
"You have to start with him (Hunter), and that makes it difficult," Graham said. "That means you are going to have your challenges outside and when you've got a receiver that's as good as their receiver it's hard to match up on him."
Blackmon has proven himself to be a receiving threat that must be game planned for through two games. He has 18 catches for 257 yards and five touchdowns.
"We have to figure out a way to double cover him with our safeties," Graham said. "Then, we have to figure out how to stop the run. They are very difficult to defend."
Oklahoma State settled for field goals during its first two red zone opportunities against Troy. Instead of taking a 14-3 lead, OSU lead 6-3 early in the second quarter.
If the Cowboys had capitalized on those opportunities, they could have taken control of the game.
"When you're playing at home and you get a chance to build momentum, you'd like to score a touchdown there," coach Mike Gundy said. "If you get two field goals, all they have to do is score a touchdown and they're back in the game. You really don't gain a lot of momentum with field goals."
Those two field goals are the only two red zone chances which resulted in anything other than a touchdown this season. The Cowboys scored touchdowns on seven of nine red zone attempts (77.78 percent) which ranks 21 nationally in red zone touchdown efficiency according to cfbstats.com.
For the second straight week, the Boone Pickens Stadium turf will feature two of the nation's top all-purpose threats.
Last week, Troy receiver Jerrel Jernigan accounted for 277 all-purpose yards for the Trojans while OSU running back Kendall Hunter accounted for 212 all-purpose yards against Troy.
On Saturday, Hunter, who ranks No. 2 nationally in all-purpose yards at 244 yards per game, will join Tulsa's Damaris Johnson, who ranks No. 6 nationally at 216 all-purpose yards per game, in what could be another high-scoring game in Stillwater.