vs. Louisiana Defensive Line and Linebackers Devin Lewis-Buchana,
Grant Fleming, and Daylon McCoy
In the opener against Georgia they were relatively simple. Having watched game video, my guess is they blitz the Cowboys. These Cajuns pack a punch and the offensive line must realize they are trusted with guarding the key to the season in protecting Brandon Weeden at quarterback.
It would be very smart and imperative to the success the rest of October and November if they take that so serious that they threaten to crush any player battling for a shot at Weeden. The motto for the offensive line needs to be "kill or be killed."
Edge: Solid to OSU Offensive Line
vs. Louisiana Secondary especially SS Lance Kelley and LCB Orkeys Auriene
Consistency is a watch word for the week and this is a perfect opportunity for the Cowboys, Weeden, and the receivers to explode from start the finish. Bo Bowling could get even more in the mix as could Hubert Anyiam. It is also time for Tracy Moore to have a big game.
If they can play them you would like to see Clint Chelf at quarterback and the other receivers like Charlie Moore to get some added experience and confidence. The reason I list Kelley and Aurience is that those two can play and have made big plays going the other way against offenses. Take the challenge and get the job done.
Edge: Solid to OSU Passing Offense
vs. Louisiana Wide Receivers Javone Lawson and Richie Falgout
Now because of the knee injury to Victor Johnson, Johnny Thomas is thrust back into a predominant role at safety and the back-ups almost across the board are freshmen. These are spots where depth is necessary.
Louisiana is down to its third running back and it appears NFL prospect of a tight end LaDarius Green will miss another week with a high ankle sprain. I do know that Lawson and Flgout are capable of making plays. This is a great time to change the trend on third downs.
Edge: Slight to OSU Secondary
It is the first road trip of the season for the Cowboys, and yes, in 1986 a pretty good Oklahoma State team nearly got beat in Lafayette. However, this is a Louisiana team that is beat up and has bigger games in its conference coming up in the next two weeks.
If Oklahoma State will go out and take control early then this game will become disarmed quickly. If the Cowboys are sloppy and allow Louisiana to hang around and get hope then the Cajuns press the issue looking for the big headlines that come with an upset over a BCS conference team. Plenty of quick strikes are predicted here and the game gets into an Oklahoma State rhythm.
Big 12 Predictions
#6 Nebraska 35, @Kansas State 14
Baylor 37, Texas Tech 28 @ Dallas
Texas A&M 31, #13 Arkansas 28 @Arlington
@#22 Missouri 24, Colorado 20
@Iowa State 35, #10 Utah 31
Straight Up: 40-7
vs. the Spread: 19-19
Not every game has a spread. The games against FCS competition do not have a point spread.