Time has arrived for College Football to go wholesale into conference competition. I know, I know, there have already been conference matchups but starting this week, a majority of teams will play conference foes. That is no different in the Big XII and one of the best games of the week for all of the NCAA is the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Texas Longhorns. Let’s jump right in to this matchup.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys travel down from Stillwater, OK and bring one of the most potent offenses in the country. In fact, they have the NCAA’s leading rusher in Chuba Hubbard, who also leads the country in rushing TDs! The Pokes are not only a rushing team though. They also throw for over 260 yards per game. These numbers are good enough to account for 50 more yards per game than the Longhorns. Even the defense is playing better than Texas, at least statistically, holding opponents to 30 yards less per game. Add all of that in to fact that Texas has not beaten Oklahoma St. in 5 years and have not won at home in Austin in 10 and you can make a compelling argument for the Cowboys to steal another on the road.
Texas is having none of it though! You can bring up a 4-game losing streak to the Longhorn players and they will all say the same thing…this isn’t the same Texas. They would be right, too. This year’s Texas squad has higher expectations than any this decade and those expectations are realistic this time. Sam Ehlinger leads the Longhorns and has proven to be adept at reading defenses that are much better than Oklahoma State’s defense. Texas will be playing with a chip on their shoulder and have been tested once already this season. Emotions will be high and the Longhorns are gonna be pumped up for this one!
So how are these teams going to fare against each other this week? The Elldee Sports Formula is calling for a high scoring affair, with the Oklahoma State Cowboys ultimately coming out on top. Texas has shown that they are vulnerable in the secondary after giving up just under 500 yards through the air vs LSU. Oklahoma State is known more for passing than LSU. The problem is that the Longhorns cannot load up on DBs with Chuba Hubbard waiting to gain 8 yards a pop! Don’t worry about Texas, though. They have the offensive fire-power to keep up in this matchup. Until next time, good luck.
Oklahoma State 52 – Texas 47
Oklahoma State (+5.5) and Over 73