Check out the Texas vs. Oklahoma State fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas (2-1) vs. Oklahoma State (2-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Why Texas Will Win
How quickly can Texas get it all back together after the loss to Cal?
Now the Notre Dame win doesn’t seem so great, and the defeat to the Bears is sort of inexcusable considering how the Longhorns are built, but beating Oklahoma State on the road would be exactly what the program needs, or else.
Lose, and then the Oklahoma game next week becomes yet another hot seat moment for Charlie Strong.
The Longhorns have the power, they have the pop, and they have the defensive talent to put it all together and go on a run – and now they have a week off of rest before diving into the Big 12 world.
The talented secondary might have been bombed on so far, but there’s a good chance it faced two first round NFL Draft quarterbacks – and maybe top ten – in DeShone Kizer and Davis Webb. As good as Mason Rudolph might be, he’s not in that class.
The OSU secondary hasn’t had a good time so far, getting lit up over the last three games and giving up way too many big plays – and not just the Hail Mary to Central Michigan. Texas knows it can run, but with QB Shane Beuchele getting a desperately needed week off – it’ll be bombs away.
Why Oklahoma State Will Win
How desperate will Oklahoma State play after losing to Baylor? Lose this, and the Big 12 season is over for a team with way too much talent to be 2-3 bad.
The O might have fallen a bit too flat against Baylor, but if Rudolph can get hot like he did against Pitt, and the talented receiving corps can find a groove – Texas has yet to show it can stop a decent passing game – this is when James Rudolph should go off again. He was held in check by the Longhorns last year, but the 296-yard, two score playmaker against Pitt, and followed it up with 89 yards against Baylor, will catch ten balls and keep the chains moving.
It’s an offense built to start bombing away, and it’ll need to from the start while controlling the field position battle. Texas can throw, too, but it’s going to want to get the power game going from the start. Longhorn punter Michael Dickson has been among the best in the country so far, but Oklahoma State’s Zach Sinor has been solid, too.
The Cowboys have to win the field position battle, and with Sinor – along with a good punt return game – they at least won’t lose it.
What’s Going To Happen?
The week off will matter. Texas will get the ground game going again, Beuchele will be sharp – there’s a chance he wouldn’t have been able to go if the game was last week – and the defense will be just a wee bit better.
Texas can get to the quarterback, Oklahoma State is just okay at it. That’ll be the difference in a fun game that’ll come down to the final drive.
Texas vs. Oklahoma State Prediction
Final Score: Texas 37, Oklahoma State 34
Line: Oklahoma State -2.5, o/u: 71
ATS Confidence: 5: Treasure Bath – 1: Nahhhh … 1.5
Must See Rating: 5: Nicki Minaj T-Mobile ads – 1: Storks … 4