OSU-Texas:<br>Key Matchups

Robert Allen breaks down some of the key matchups for Saturday's game between 19th-ranked Oklahoma State (6-2) and sixth-ranked Texas (7-1) at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally by TBS.

Donovan Woods vs. Texas Defense
This is important. Texas is using a lot of NFL tactics on defense, disguising coverage and rush. Against Colorado, the Longhorns were very aggressive with safety blitzes. They will come after you at times. It is important that Donovan studied film this week and has a good feel for the Horns defense.
He can't start slow. He has to be able to strike some in the passing game to keep some running lanes open for Vernand Morency, and to keep Texas from pinning their ears back and playing downhill. It is important to always be aware of where All-American linebacker Derrick Johnson is at all times. He is the ringleader for the Horns defense.
Edge: Even until proven otherwise

OSU Run Offense vs. Texas Run Defense
It's pretty simple, OSU needs to run the ball to be at its best on offense. Texas has a good run defense. Straight ahead is the run of choice as you want to take the speed of Texas' defense out of the equation. Morency needs 25-30 carries for 140 yards or more.
Edge: OSU

Texas Run Offense vs, OSU Run Defense
Turn the above paragraph around – the same thing for Texas with Cedric Benson and Vince Young as factors. Texas doesn't get too cute, and like OSU, the Longhorns' run of choice should be right at the Cowboys to take the speed of the OSU defense out of the situation. This will be a real test of who is tough and who isn't.
Edge: Texas

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