It would appear that Oklahoma State did a good job in the open week working on weaknesses (like running the football) and improving on what they will need to be strong with during the second half of October, throughout November and into December. There are a couple of polish weeks ahead but this one came at the most opportune time to add, delete and sharpen the team overall.
The offensive line got a lot of attention and on defense the younger players also got attention with the hope of building up some depth. There is a lot of concern over Texas Tech changing defensive coordinators during the open week and my gut feeling is that Michael Smith will simplify things on the Tech defense with the hope that they will come out and make some plays. Tech is struggling right now and the signs are that the struggles could continue for awhile.
Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah
vs. Texas Tech LT Le'Raven Clark
A pre-season All-Big 12 selection and considered one of the better offensive tackles in all of college football, Le'Raven Clark is a legit standout and maybe an All-American with a 6-6, 313-pound frame. He will be on every draft list. Clark is good at what he does as he has good hands and feet. He moves well. That will be tested by Ogbah, who has had an immediate impact with his combination of speed and strength. This will be a good battle and one of those you might want to sit back and watch.
Oklahoma State WR Jhajuan Seales
vs. Texas Tech FC Tevin Madison
This is too juicy for the Cowboys as Seales has been looking to bust out and have that huge catch day. This could be it as Seales has been looking to have that huge impact game. He will be going against (field or wide side) true freshman and 5-10, 160-pound Tevin Madison. Madison is backed up by another true freshman Jah'Shawn Johnson. Not only is the Tech pair true freshmen but they are challenged in size and especially against Seales, who is capable of using his body to post up on defensive backs.
If it isn't Seales, then you will see Marcell Ateman. Backup James Washington and Chris Lacy are freshmen ready to make plays. Texas Tech gave up 438 rushing yards against Arkansas and everybody feels that they must be concerned about giving those numbers up again. Tech can bow up all they want because they can't get any older any faster and that includes in the secondary.
Edge: Huge to Seales and OSU
Oklahoma State MLB Ryan Simmons
vs. Texas Tech QB Davis Webb
This is always kind of a contrived marking, but the quarterback has some strong mental advantages. Davis has hit on 65 percent of his passes and he has been picked off four times. Simmons is a fast processor and has seen the defense against a lot of different types of offenses. I like his leadership and I like his supporting cast that he will be looking to help curtail Tech on offense with. Davis has been struggling somewhat. Davis and Kingsbury need to both get better. Their suitcases were in Vancouver in Canada.
Simmons and OSU
Oklahoma State-Texas Tech Prediction
Texas Tech is wounded as the Red Raiders have yet to play to their ability. They were nearly beaten by Central Arkansas in the opener and UTEP in the second game before Arkansas pounded them in the last game. Oklahoma State can't do that like Arkansas, but the Cowboys can hit them with a balanced offense, and have the last five times the teams have played. OSU has really had the number of Tech and I don't think the number has changed. It sure doesn't look like it. Run-pass conflict is what the Cowboys will be looking for and I think they find it again.
No. 24 Oklahoma State 48, Texas Tech 20
Big 12 Predictions
Saturday, Sept. 27
TCU 52, @ SMU 21
SMU has little in the tank and TCU will be chomping following bye week.
No. 25 Kansas State 31, UTEP 16
Miners close call with Texas Tech gives them confidence going to KSU.
Texas 24, @Kansas 20
Charlie Strong calling on Texas fans to roll out. Be careful what you wish for.
No. 7 Baylor 55, @Iowa State 17
Baylor is running it up and this actually represents an improvement as Baylor scored 71 last season.
Last Week: 2-1 (straight up) / 2-1 (against the spread)
Season Total: 25-4 (straight up) / 17-5 (against the spread)
(Note: Not all games have point spreads as FBS vs. FCS games often don't.)
Last Week's Results
Thursday, Sept. 18
No. 5 Auburn 37, @ No. 20 Kansas State 21
Actual: 20-14 Auburn
Saturday, Sept. 20
Central Michigan 24, @Kansas 20
Actual: 24-10 Kansas
No. 4 Oklahoma 38, @West Virginia 27
Actual: 45-33 Oklahoma
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