Key Accomplishments And Predictions

This is the first open or bye week of the season, and the one that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is happy about. Gundy is eager to give his team the weekend off and also had them practicing hard this week, but not necessarily with a lot of physical contact. There's no reason to grind on a team that had an extensive fall camp preparing for an opener with Mississippi State.

The Cowboys had a light workout Thursday afternoon and will go through a conditioning and lift session early Friday with the hope all players attend Friday classes. Now, rest and getting healthy is a big part of an open week, but so is improving. This team has a lot to play for as they are in the running for all the prizes available in college football.

Key Accomplishments for 1st Bye Week

1. OSU Cornerbacks Are Healthy and Ready to Go

As the Cowboys get prepared for conference play, starting with the down but not completely out passing offense of Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia, they are going to need the corners to hold up. The combination of slightly dinged up Justin Gilbert and Kevin Peterson as starters are healthy and should be completely refreshed after the weekend. Add backups in KU transfer Tyler Patmon and Ashton Lampkin. It's as strong a foursome at that position as OSU has had in many years.

2. OSU Offensive Tackle Daniel Koenig Getting Healthier
When it rains, it pours. The Cowboys lost starting left tackle Devin Davis in fall camp and then it was compounded by the practice injury to Koenig. Now Koenig is getting healthy and the really good aspect of it all is that the past two weeks some other OSU offensive linemen have been forced to grow up. Now the depth on the line has been stretched. Koenig's return will boost the run game and also provide a little more security to the pass protection.

3. OSU Offense Works on Being Sharper, Even Faster
Oklahoma State is used to scoring lots of points and doing it even faster now with new coordinator Mike Yurcich. To score lots of points and to go fast takes a lot of practice and this week had to help. Remember, next Saturday against West Virginia will be only the sixth career start for quarterback J.W. Walsh. He only got split reps in fall camp, so the added first team snaps in a bye week help the offense in general. Let's hope there is a one-way shootout in Morgantown as in Oklahoma State scores plenty and holds the Mountaineers to not so many. The extra work should also pay off in a tough road atmosphere.

Big 12 Predictions
Kansas 24, Louisiana Tech 21
This is maybe the only chance this season for the Jayhawks to get a win over an FBS opponent.

West Virginia 31, Maryland 21 @ Baltimore
We get closer to the truth with the Mountaineers, good enough to win against middle to weak FBS opposition.

No. 19-Baylor 45, Louisiana-Monroe 17
Bears are 30-point favorites over a team they struggled with last season. They'll win by something close to that.

Texas Tech 41, Texas State 6
I saw a story where Dennis Franchione said he knows how to beat Texas Tech ... well not this time.

Texas 23, Kansas State 20
I ought to strung up for picking Texas again, but I have a gut feeling, and a big gut.

Last Week - Straight Up: 6-2; Against the Spread: 4-3
For the Season - Straight Up 20-6; Against the Spread: 9-8

Last Week Results
No. 11 Oklahoma State 59, Lamar 0
Actual Score: Oklahoma State 59, Lamar 3

Texas Tech 27, No. 24 TCU 20
Actual Score: Texas Tech 20, TCU 10

No. 13 Oklahoma 30, Tulsa 13
Actual Score: Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20

West Virginia 38, Georgia State 10
Actual Score: West Virginia 41, Georgia State 7

Iowa State 23, Iowa 21
Actual Score: Iowa 27, Iowa State 21

Kansas State 34, UMass 20
Actual Score: Kansas State 37, UMass 7

Rice 41, Kansas 26
Actual Score: Rice 23, Kansas 14

Texas 28, Mississippi 27
Actual Score: Mississippi 44, Texas 23

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