Oklahoma State vs. Texas preview: after a bye week, Longhorns look to get back on track in Stillwater against the Cowboys.
On Saturday, October 1 at 12 p.m. E.T., the Texas Longhorns travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium, which has a listed capacity of 60,000. The game will be broadcast on ABC.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, Oklahoma State has 67.2-percent chance to defeat the Longhorns. Oklahoma State won last year's game in this series 30-27, and have won four of six from Texas. Historically, however, this game is all Longhorns. Texas leads the all-time series 24-6. According to OddsShark, Oklahoma State is a three-point favorite in this one.
Read on for our Oklahoma State vs. Texas preview.
Spread: Oklahoma State Cowboys -3
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. E.T.
Oklahoma State vs. Texas preview:
Texas looked like it might contend for a Big 12 title earlier than expected after it knocked off Notre Dame in Week 1, but the subsequent struggles for the Fighting Irish, and a loss to Cal have muted expectations a bit. Still, Texas wields an explosive offense befitting the modern Big 12. The two-headed quarterback system of Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes presents unique challenges for opposing defenses.
Despite Texas' struggles in recent years, the Longhorns have plenty of talent, and has done a very nice job of developing a number of weapons on offense. D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III each have at least 260 rushing yards, and John Burt, Jacorey Warrick, Jerrod Heart, and Armanti Foreman each have at least 10 catches and 120 receiving yards.
Mike Gundy's Pokes aren't hurting for offense either. Mason Rudolph has just under 1,300 yards through four games, while James Washington has emerged as one of the top receiving threats in college football. He has 25 catches for 488 yards and three touchdowns so far.
After last weekend's loss to Baylor, Oklahoma State probably needs this win at home to have any chance of staying in the Big 12 race. Gundy better hope that this one doesn't come down to a Longhorns Hail Mary, because we have to imagine Charlie Strong's staff has a Chippewa call up its sleeve.
Oklahoma State vs. Texas prediction:
There should be plenty of points in this one. So, you know, a standard Big 12 game. Oklahoma State needs this one, and Rudolph and Washington should be able to take advantage of a Texas secondary that really struggled against similar high-powered offenses.
Oklahoma State 42, Texas 37