Game #7 will feature the #12 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys traveling to face the shell-shocked #25 Texas Longhorns in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. This game provides Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorns with a great opportunity to bounce back from the heartbreaker against Oklahoma last week. Conversely, Oklahoma State is looking for a signature win to boost their own Big XII title odds.
Last Week in Review
Texas looked the part of a title contender for the first three quarters of the Red River Rivalry. However, they were unable to make enough plays on the defensive side of the ball to come away with the win. The offense comes into this game ranking fifth in the nation with 44.5 points a game, and 17th in yards a game at 480 yards per contest. Casey Thompson was efficient, as he has been all season. Bijan was a workhorse until field position and time limited his touches, and Xavier Worthy introduced himself to the nation with 9 catches for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The defense bent (and eventually broke) against the Sooners and now ranks 107th in the nation giving up 441 yards per contest. This group will need to improve vastly down the stretch to get to Arlington, TX later this season.
This is not your father’s (more like your older brother’s) Oklahoma State team. This team will not remind you of the wide-open offenses led by Brandon Weeden or Mason Rudolph. They enter this game with wins over Missouri State, Tulsa, at Boise State, Kansas State and Baylor. However, despite the less than daunting schedule they are only winning games by an average of 6.4 points a game.
What Texas can expect from Oklahoma State
The Cowboys feature a relativity balanced offense averaging 219.2 passing yards a game and 161.6 yards a game on the ground. Oklahoma State is not going to remind anyone of the 2019 LSU Tigers averaging a pedestrian 25.4 points a game, which is good for 89th in nation. The strength of this team is on the defensive side of the ball. Mike Gundy’s defense is only surrendering 18.6 points a game.
This game sets up well for the Longhorns to get a top-15 win in-front of the home crowd and some important visitors (Hello Arch Manning). Oklahoma State to this point has not shown the offensive firepower to exploit a struggling Longhorn defense. As far as the offense goes, Oklahoma State has shut teams down this year. However, they have not faced as explosive an offense as the one Casey Thompson pilots. Now, let’s get to some predictions:
Michael Farber: Texas 49-20
Ryan McAloon: 45-28 Texas
Joseph Maggard: 48-31 Texas
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