Garman has done a good job but the team has needed every bit of that recovery portion of the schedule. Now it is time for the gauntlet, starting next week in Fort Worth against TCU.
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said the goal Saturday is to win the game and work to get better in every phase on offense. He is 100 percent right on. The Cowboys need to improve, primarily on offense, before they take on the final half of the season and the six-game gauntlet.
Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland
vs. Kansas free safety Cassius Sendish
So far safeties haven't had to do as much because the offensive line has had a hard time getting the defensive front blocked and backs have been hit too many times before reaching the line of scrimmage. Get Desmond Roland to the second level of the defense and it will be a very pleasant day in Lawrence. Like I said, I'd like to see Sendish coming up and making a bunch of tackles.
Edge: If the offensive line blocks well, it goes to OSU and Desmond Roland.
vs. Kansas nose tackle Keon Stowers
If Lewis, who struggled with the big tackle from Texas Tech, can handle Stowers then it will be a good day running the football. Lewis is 6-3, 295, so size-wise this is a fair fight. Keep an eye in the middle because it will be very important against a Kansas defense that I fully expect will load the box and will throw its fair share of blitzes at Oklahoma State. Kansas runs that double eagle front and they do it well and will bring down whatever they need on the back end to create havoc with the offense.Edge: Too Close to Call.
vs. Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd
Shepherd is the guy they put on the other team's best receiver, and while it is not definitive, it is clear that Washington is one of the best. They will see each other and I like Washington in this matchup. Wind it up and throw it deep.
Edge: Oklahoma State and James Washington.
All that said, the OSU running game should be bad as the temperature is up a little. Not a lot of folks stirring at Memorial Stadium and Oklahoma State will use the game to build some confidence and momentum moving forward.
Big 12 Predictions
Saturday, Oct. 11
No. 11 Oklahoma 26, Texas 16
West Virginia 38, @Texas Tech 28
@Iowa State 31, Toledo 20
@No. 5 Baylor 35, No. 9 TCU 27
Last Week: 4-1 (straight up) / 4-0 with a push (against the spread)
Season Total: 34-5 (straight up) / 23-8 with a push (against the spread)
(Note: Not all games have point spreads as FBS vs. FCS games often don't)
I keep waiting to get a call to start my own 900 number and give out picks. I'm kicking the butts of some of these so called experts out in Vegas. This reminds me of the 2012 season when I was close to being this proficient most of the season and started getting calls from people that I did not know that wanted my selections each week. (NOTE: I do not endorse nor do I gamble on student-athletes. I do not believe it is ethical. It is also a violation of my contract with the Cowboy Radio Network.)
Last Week's Results
Saturday, Oct. 4
No. 21 Oklahoma State 45, Iowa State 10
Actual Score: 37-20 Oklahoma State
No. 7 Baylor 44, Texas 14
Actual Score: 28-7 Baylor
No. 4 Oklahoma 31, No. 25 TCU 27
Actual Score: 37-33 TCU
West Virginia 48, Kansas 20
Actual Score: 33-14 West Virginia
No. 23 Kansas State 38, Texas Tech 10
Actual Score: 45-13 Kansas State