OSU-Texas Matchups & Predictions

Robert Allen breaks down Saturday's game against 14th-ranked Texas and gives his thoughts on the three key matchups in the game.

Three Most Dangerous Longhorns
1. Colt McCoy
2. Quan Cosby
3. Franklin Okam
I know you're asking, where is Jamaal Charles, who rushed for 290 yards in the Texas win over Nebraska last week? Honestly, I don't think Charles poses the threat those other three do for Saturday.

Three Key Matchups
1. Rush the Football
Last year in Austin the Cowboys could not run the ball and Bobby Reid had one of his worst nights as a starting quarterback eliminating the chance of using the pass to stop the run. I believe Oklahoma State will be able to run the ball on its own at the start, but if not, Zac Robinson has the ability of using Adarius Bowman, Dez Bryant, Brandon Pettigrew and others to loosen the defense and through the pass open up the running game. Hopefully, if the pass is needed, Robinson won't require the warm up quarter he needed in several other games. The Cowboys run the ball and they can score throughout the game.

2. Don't Give the Texas Offense Anything Easy
I think it is asking too much for this defense to shut down quarterback Colt McCoy and the Texas passing game. It is a good thing that McCoy doesn't have Limas Sweed, but he does have Cosby, Jordan Shipley, and tight end Jermichael Finley. Get a pass rush going, stop the run in reasonable fashion, and make Texas dink and dunk in the passing game. No easy touchdowns of over 50-plus yards. Make them work driving the ball and the hope is Texas stumbles and turns over the ball or stalls. Here's a great stat from my Cowboy radio partner Dave Hunziker: OSU has allowed 19 drives into the Cowboys territory where the opponent has not scored a point. That stat emphasizes the demand to make Texas go long for its scores.

3. Win Special Teams
Very basic, we're not asking for the K-State trifecta of a kickoff, punt, and interception returned for touchdowns. We are asking at the end of the night that OSU have an edge in the kicking game. Use a return to set up a score, block a kick, anything. Do not allow Texas a score or to set up an easy one in special teams.

OSU-Texas Prediction
I think the Cowboys follow the keys above and are helped out by the home crowd, which was a difference maker in the homecoming win over Kansas State. This Oklahoma State team does a good job of disposing of the previous game and had the open week to enjoy the K-State win and still get it out of their system and prepare for Texas. This is a mature team in approaching each week and putting in the work. As Mike Gundy likes to say there are only so many aspects of football you can control and one is how hard you prepare and how hard you play. The Cowboys are in a routine of doing both. OSU 38, Texas 31
Last OSU Prediction: OSU 38, K-State 24 (OSU won 41-39)
OSU Prediction Record: 5-3

Big 12 Predictions
Kansas State 41 @Iowa State 14
Texas Tech 56 @Baylor 21
@Kansas 31 Nebraska 28
Missouri 24 @Colorado 20
@Missouri 52 Iowa State 20
@Oklahoma 24 Texas A&M 10
Big 12 Prediction Record: 55-13

OSU Nonconference Opponents Predictions
@Georgia 28 Troy 21
@Florida Atlantic 31 La-Monroe 20
@Sam Houston State 35 Nicholls State 16
Opponents Prediction Record: 20-7

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