OSU Bye Week/Big 12 Predictions

The Mason Rudolph era of Oklahoma State football was launched last weekend with the tall, sturdy, handsome young freshman showing no signs of being intimidated or dwarfed by the moment. He made his debut as a college quarterbacking in a steady rain, in front of a packed house of Baylor fans while facing a Baylor team ranked seventh in the country by the College Football Playoff committee.

Rudolph threw short, threw deep, and threw medium. He completed two touchdown passes, one with one second left on the clock in the first half. He also threw two interceptions, but made the tackle on the second and most fatal pick of the night.

The 6-4 1/2, 225-pound Rudolph even threw a block on a Baylor defensive tackle. He led the offense up and down the field and for the first time in a month, the Cowboys felt a stadium that became nervous because of their presence and the way they were playing. It was a good feeling.

How much can Rudolph improve off his first start going into his second? His high school coach, Kyle Richardson, from Rock Hill Northwestern in South Carolina thinks it can be a lot. That is the old adage, you improve the most from the first to the second game. I know that is in games each season, but this will be Rudolph's second game of this season.

The improvement should have started on Sunday night after the Baylor game. The Cowboys, as we previously reported here on GoPokes.com, practiced on Sunday night for an hour and a half. They went for a little longer on Monday afternoon. Tuesday was a regular practice as was Wednesday, although earlier with no classes on campus and lots of meeting time on Wednesday morning.

The team has Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Saturday off with a practice scheduled Sunday. Then Monday is a day off like normal and it is the regular routine right on in to the Bedlam game on Saturday. The hope is the break allows Tre Flowers, star linebacker Josh Furman, and several others to get over bumps and bruises coming out of Baylor.

Big 12 Predictions
This Week
No. 5 TCU 31, @ Texas 10

West Virginia 27, @ Iowa State 20

No. 7 Baylor 59, Texas Tech 20
(@ AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)

@ No. 12 Kansas State 38, Kansas 10

Last Week's Picks/Scores
@ No. 7 Baylor 49, Oklahoma State 10
Actual Score: 49-28 Baylor. I had the Baylor number right but did not give Mason Rudolph nearly enough credit. Shame on me.

No. 11 Kansas State 24, @ West Virginia 21
Actual Score: 26-23 Kansas State. Played last Thursday and it shows again how hard it is to play at Morgantown.

@ No. 21 Oklahoma 31, Kansas 20
Actual Score: 44-7 Oklahoma. Played after a thunderstorm delay and in a steady downpour.

Texas Tech 34, @ Iowa State 24
Actual Score: 34-31 Texas Tech. Again, got the Tech score right but shortchanged Iowa State.

Last Week:
4-0 Straight Up
2-2 Against the Spread
Season Record:
57-10 Straight Up
38-22-1 Against the Spread

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