Will the OSU defense reach its per-game average of three turnovers against Kansas State?
GINA MIZELL, OSU WRITER: YES
I'm fully on board the OSU-is-going-to-force-turnovers bandwagon. I've seen this team enough and learned enough about the Cowboys' practice habits to know it's not luck.
Yeah, I know Kansas State only has eight turnovers on the season. But Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was one of the best in the nation at protecting the football before he came to Stillwater last week. He had thrown just two interceptions all season before facing OSU's defense. He tossed two picks against the Cowboys--in the first half.
It will be a bit tougher for the Cowboys take the ball away from the Wildcats because they are a run-first offense. But OSU has fierce hitters all over the field—Jamie Blatnick, Shaun Lewis, Markelle Martin and Daytawion Lowe first come to mind—that can pop the ball away from K-State quarterback Collin Klein and the Wildcat running backs.
Will the Cowboys get five turnovers like they did against BU last week? Probably not. But will they get three? I'd bet on it.
JENNI CARLSON, COLUMNIST: NO
I'll be the first to admit that getting a bunch of turnovers is what this Cowboy defense does. It isn't some sort of fluke. It is a habit.
But the Wildcat offense has its own habit — it doesn't turn the ball over. It has committed only eight turnovers this season, an average of one a game.
Because the Wildcats don't throw the ball much, interceptions will be hard to come by for the Cowboys. They are going to have to get their turnovers by forcing fumbles, stripping and raking at the ball.
That's a tough way to make a turnover living.
What's more, K-State has fumbled the ball 14 times this season but lost only five of those fumbles. These Cats pounce on the ball if it's loose, which makes the Cowboys' job even tougher.
OSU will get a couple turnovers against K-State, but any more than that is unlikely.