An Early Look at OSU-Texas

Both Oklahoma State and Texas have some injury concerns after Saturday's contests. Josh Stewart for the Cowboys had a left ankle injury, and it is uncertain what his status will be. It is not likely to be volunteered by head coach Mike Gundy. It did look serious at the time. The x-rays were negative, so we will have to see on Stewart. This much is known, he is a tough player.

There is no definitive word yet from Austin on defensive tackle Chris Whaley, who seemed to leave with a left knee injury that looked bad in the slow-motion replay on the play he was injured.

Gray was injured while catching a screen pass the non-contact injury occurred when he planted his foot and it looked like a right foot or calf injury. He left the field on a cart and in obvious pain, but did return to the field on crutches.

The Cowboys seemed to go very vanilla on offense after it appeared the lead was safe, and that was a smart move. Texas is okay defensively but the Longhorns have allowed an average of almost 195 rushing yards a game this season. The matchup of the Cowboys offense and the Texas defense would seem to favor Oklahoma State.

Texas is a strong rushing team. How much the possible loss of Johnathan Gray impacts that is unknown, but it will have an impact as he is the second leading runner in the Big 12.

The Texas passing game is splotchy with Case McCoy at quarterback. If a team could make Texas one dimensional on offense either by the way you defend or the score of the game that would be a potential deciding factor.

Oklahoma State is one of the top defenses in the conference and the best thing about all the numbers we are looking at is that they have not been skewed too much as neither team has played Baylor.

Oklahoma State has a slight edge in special teams except in the case of field goals where Texas has a decided advantage. However, neither team is going to want to finish drives with field goals next Saturday in Austin.

The biggest area is turnover margin and these two teams are one-two there with Oklahoma State having a slight advantage.

It sets up as a huge showdown, a solid matchup, and we will be talking about it all week long.


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