The Cowboys have to remember how to block out the crazies in Lubbock, or jump out as they did two years ago and take them out of the game. More than likely this game will be too with Tech being more confident and the noise and atmosphere will be around until the end. Quiet at the very end will suffice.
vs. Texas Tech inside receiver/tight end Jace Amaro
He most noticeably does it by catching passes and rumbling through opposing defenses. He gets away with some extra physical advantages at the point of the play because he can. If he is not getting himself some room to make a catch, then he is making room for a teammate as Amaro may very well be the best blocker on the offense including tackle Le'Raven Clark, an All-Big 12 candidate. Of course, Amaro is going to likely be an All-American of some mention at the end of the season.
I do believe that Daytawion Lowe and Shamiel Gary, along with help at times from linebacker Shaun Lewis and nickel Lyndell Johnson, will do a credible job on Amaro. They are physical enough and very athletic in matching up with him. With Amaro you have to hope you can contain him because you won't shut him out.
Advantage: Slight to Texas Tech inside receiver/tight end Jace Amaro
vs. Texas Tech cornerbacks Bruce Jones (Boundary) and Ola Falemi (Field)
They'll look at tape of recent games and likely won't find anything to fear from Oklahoma State in the passing department unless they go all the way back to the UTSA game in San Antonio. That suspected, then Oklahoma State is going to be dared to throw and they will need to. The Cowboys can throw and they will likely have nice big windows to throw into with the majority of the Red Raiders stacked inside.
Those Tech cornerbacks are not real tall as Jones goes 5-7 and Falemi is listed at 5-9. Charlie Moore is a legit 6-2, Tracy Moore is right at 6-2, and Jhajuan Seales is easily 6-2. That means Jones is giving up seven inches and Falemi is giving up five inches. Our advice is throw it up and make sure the ball isn't thrown short. All three can jump pretty good and thinking with a basketball theme the Cowboys need to make sure they win the jump balls.
Advantage: OSU wide receivers Charlie Moore, Tracy Moore and Jhajuan Seales
vs. Texas Tech defensive End Kerry Hyder
It will come down to Daniel Koenig, who plays well with his mean streak, and the newbie on the line in Brandon Garrett as Hyder will line up on either side. In pass rush situations both Cowboys need to use those long arms and get Hyder tangled up. For run plays look for some angle help as the Cowboys make sure he doesn't get penetration to stop a run play before it has a chance to get started. This is a down and dirty battle that the Cowboys need to win.
Advantage: Too close to call
Tech needs to overcome that dominance that Oklahoma State has had over them as the Cowboys have won four in a row in the series. Oklahoma State's inferiority problem is more recent and just relates to the loss at West Virginia and some funky, yet winning efforts leading to a much improved running game and a blowout win at Iowa State last week.
The Cowboys will be in good shape if the defense controls Tech's offense and the OSU offense can muster up its mojo to some decent level. They will have to throw the ball some with success. If those things happen the Cowboys win, but obviously, we think it is close. You think Kingsbury's motivation with the "98" signs was to get the Red Raiders to play OSU closer?
Big 12 Predictions
(Rankings are from USA Today Coaches Poll)
No. 12 Oklahoma State 31, No. 15 Texas Tech 30
This game features a good on good matchup of OSU's defense and Tech's offense. I like the Cowboys defense and I feel that matchup outweighs the OSU offense vs. the Tech defense. OSU must handle the Jones AT&T environment.
Texas 35, Kansas 16
Longhorns play this one sleepy but are just alert enough to do what is necessary to win. Kansas counting the day to Nov. 23 and a trip to Ames with a chance to break their conference losing streak.
Kansas State 42, Iowa State 27
Bill Snyder loves to run the football and the Iowa State defense after last week is an open invitation. Wildcats John Hubert goes over 200 yards and Sams comes close. Kansas State rushes for 360 yards over the Fieldturf.
TCU 28, West Virginia 13
Mountaineers are offensively, and especially scoring, challenged. Another headset or two get destroyed and TCU's Pachall wakes up a little in his second game back.
Last Week - Straight Up: 4-1; Against the Spread: 4-1
For the Season - Straight Up 41-10; Against the Spread: 20-22
Last Week - Review
No. 13 Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10
Actual Score: Oklahoma State 58, Iowa State 27
No. 9 Texas Tech 28, No. 12 Oklahoma 24
Actual Score: Oklahoma 38, Texas Tech 30
Kansas State 28, West Virginia 20
Actual Score: Kansas State 35, West Virginia 12
No. 5 Baylor 48, Kansas 10
Actual Score: Baylor 59, Kansas 14
Texas 26, TCU 24
Actual Score: Texas 30, TCU 7