After a crazy weekend for both teams, who can come up with something big for the Power 5 resume? Check out the Oklahoma State vs. Pitt fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma State vs. Pitt Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Why Pitt Will Win
The Oklahoma State running game is a disaster.
For all the whining and complaining about the finish of the Central Michigan-Oklahoma State game, it’s been lost that the Cowboys brought this on themselves – to a point – by not being able to grind out the offense until it got around the goal line. The Cowboys ran for just 58 yards setting up way too many third-and-long situations.
OSU has converted just 30% of its third-down chances hitting on just 1-of-11 shots. So far this season, Pitt has given up just six third downs in 26 tries – the defense has been swarming.
Will kickoff returns matter? The Cowboys have only returned two so far for a total of 20 yards while – thanks to a Quadree Henderson touchdown – Pitt’s averaging over 43 yards per try. Considering Pitt will want to try going on long drives and not take too many chances down the field, field position should be a big deal.
Why Oklahoma State Will Win
All of a sudden, the Pitt pass defense went bye-bye as Penn State and Trace McSorley got red hot finishing with 332 yards and almost pulling off a massive comeback. Considering the Cowboys don’t have much of a ground game, it’s up to Mason Rudolph to get hot and stay there.
OSU is far more explosive than it’s shown so far averaging just over ten yards per catch – that’s not right for an offense with this much talent. Rudolph is far better than McSorley and he’s got a far better receiving corps to work with, and now he’s got to start taking more downfield shots to go along with spreading it around to all the parts. If this gets into a shootout – Penn State score aside – OSU is better equipped.
And then there’s the Central Michigan factor.
After the way last week went down – losing to a MAC team, to go along with the way the thing finished – this should be an ultra-motivated Cowboy team that comes out with the right attitude. There’s not going to be any looking ahead to Baylor.
What’s Going To Happen?
How jacked up will Pitt be after the emotional win over Penn State? It’ll be fine when it comes to attitude, but Oklahoma State will come out firing. This is a better Cowboy team than it showed against Central Michigan, and while the Panthers will be rock-solid defensively to keep this close, Rudolph will be terrific.
Oklahoma State vs. Pitt Prediction
Final Score: Oklahoma State 37, Pitt 30
Line: Oklahoma State -6.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence: 5: Vegas, Now – 1: Talk To Wife … 2
Must See Rating: 5: Hell or High Water – 1: This Is Us … 4