Key Matchups and Predictions: OSU vs. Texas

OK, here we go Cowboy fans into that tough two week road stretch that we had our eyes on all summer long and really have zeroed in on since the win over Texas A&M in College Station.

The back to back trips to Austin and Columbia don't look as imposing as they did in August, or in the case of Texas, just a week ago. They are still dangerous and Mike Gundy and the Cowboys must buck a 13-year trend and streak that Mack Brown and his teams have of winning the week after the trip to Dallas to play OU. Oklahoma State has shot down a lot of streaks and trends the past season and a half including winning in Austin for the first time since Fenimore and company did it in 1944. It's do-able and the Cowboys have won eight times in a row away from Boone Pickens Stadium. Let's go get a Bevo steak!

OSU Wide Receivers Justin Blackmon and Hubert Anyiam vs. Texas Cornerbacks Carrington Byndom and Adrian Phillips

I always though that Byndom was going to be a superstar and he may be as he is only a sophomore, but the Cowboys are much more physical and athletic with Blackmon and Anyiam. The physical quality alone is something that is scary for Mack Brown and his new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Texas is going to bring heat and that will sometimes include the corners as Diaz has shown he will bring the backside corner (COBB) in a blitz and will also bring the strongside or near corner (COWBOY). Texas has used true freshman Quandre Diggs too. Really, a true freshman on either Blackmon or Anyiam. That is truly asking for it. This is a very tough spot for the Longhorns.

Advantage: Huge Edge to Blackmon and Anyiam

OSU Center Grant Garner vs. Texas Defensive Nose Kheeston Randall

Grant Garner sat out the Kansas game with a high ankle sprain. Garner suited up and he has practiced off and on since Texas A&M and all this week on. This is a match-up to get excited about as Garner is a Remington Award candidate and is vastly underrated. He is a tough, strong blocker that understands leverage and understands how to make the right calls to keep Weeden protected and to allow the running game to have success. Randall is the best defensive lineman on the Texas team although he only has six tackles and three quarterback pressures. Texas has not been getting a lot of production from the defensive line and has had to go with five-man pressures and sometimes six. If Garner wins this match-up then Texas will be taking more chances with blitzes.

Advantage: Edge to Garner

OSU Defensive Ends Jamie Blatnick and Richetti Jones vs. Texas Offensive Tackles Trey Hopkins and Tray Allen or Josh Cochran

Oklahoma's defensive ends had an all-world weekend last Saturday in the Cotton Bowl as they dominated the Texas tackles and made the lives of young quarterbacks Chase McCoy and David Ash highly uncomfortable. You can attribute the ends and the pressure they caused for the three turnovers that OU turned into defensive touchdowns. In the second half it was raining defensive dominance for Oklahoma. How bad was it? Well, the early word out of the Texas camp this week was they were considering benching 5th-year senior Tray Allen for true freshman Josh Cochran at the right tackle. Texas already has five non lettered sophomores, red-shirt freshmen or true freshmen starting on their offense. Blatnick and Jones are Texans and while Jones was recruited by Texas, Blatnick was not, and both players love to show the Longhorns what they missed. Last trip to Austin for Blatnick and Jones. They sound like a legal firm and hopefully, by the time it is over, Texas will be looking for a lawyer to sue for physical cruelty.

Advantage: Edge to Blatnick and Jones


Oklahoma State has too much fire power and internal confidence to lose this game. Texas shot lies in forcing turnovers and hoping the Cowboys come to Austin in an accommodating mood and help out with a turnover-fest. That has not been the Oklahoma State MO as Todd Monken and Brandon Weeden have come onto the same page in the passing game since the first couple of games that produced some interceptions. The fumbles have never been there and running backs coach Jemal Singleton has stressed ball security which has been the tradition of Cowboys backs and their position coaches. On the other hand, Texas showed a rough tendency last week against powerful OU of turning the ball over, something they did not do much of in their 4-0 start. Oklahoma State's defense is a turnover producing machine, so something will have to give there. More than ever, Texas is working with "smoke and mirrors" and while that might have been enough to beat Oklahoma State back a few years ago, it is not anymore. Longhorn fans will squawk and make some noise, but these Cowboys like to feed off a filthy trash talking student section like the one at Texas, so bring it on.

Final Score:

#7-Oklahoma State 42, @#21-Texas 21

Big 12 Predictions

This Week

#24-Baylor 34, @#23-Texas A&M 31

@Missouri 27, Iowa State 17

@RV-Texas Tech 38, #18-Kansas State 28

#1-Oklahoma 66, @Kansas 13

Season Record

Straight Up: 32-8

Against the Spread: 23-9

Not all games have point spreads as games versus FCS opponents do not.

Last Week

Straight Up: 5-0

Against the Spread: 4-1

#7-@Oklahoma State 52, Kansas 10

#1-Oklahoma 38, #10-Texas in Dallas 17

#21-@Kansas State 23, Missouri 20

RV-@Baylor 35, Iowa State 27

#25-Texas A&M 41, RV-@Texas Tech 28

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