vs. Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon
Robinson is the type of young man that is likely to dedicate his efforts to his grandfather and would likely do so without telling anyone. The senior quarterback is also much more comfortable with his compliment of receivers following the A&M win. Look for Robinson to play large.
Weatherspoon is one of the best in the Big 12 and the nation. As weakside linebacker he won't be staring Robinson down, but he will be involved in every scheme the Tigers use on defense. He can be a one-man wrecking crew at anytime on defense.
Advantage: Too close to call, although we think Robinson comes out in charge at some point.
However, the Missouri wide receivers are very solid. The Tigers are 18th in the nation in passing offense averaging 274.8 yards per game while the Cowboys have allowed 241.2 yards per game through the air making them 89th in pass defense. That might be a little misleading as Oklahoma State has improved in that area recently.
The size of Danario Alexander and the speed of Jared Perry are concerns. The Cowboy safeties do like to knock heads off and blow up receivers crossing the middle, which Missouri will do some.
This matchup could really go a long way toward determining the outcome as the Tigers have struggled in running the football. Another difference maker here will be the mobility of Mizzou quarterback Blane Gabbert, who has a sprained ankle from the Nebraska game, and the OSU defensive front which is hoping to put Gabbert on his back.
Advantage: Slight to Missouri but if the pass rush works then this could go strong to OSU with a few turnovers included.
Now what does Missouri do on kickoffs? Kick it deep to Perrish Cox or pooch it and give up the field position? Another concern is field goal kicking as Grant Ressell has been virtually perfect for Missouri. Dan Bailey can't miss on Saturday as he may need to keep pace. Remember that Quinn Sharp can punt too and he can kickoff with touchbacks.
Advantage: Cowboys will win the special teams.
This Week's Games
Texas 28, Oklahoma 16 @Dallas
Texas Tech 45, @Nebraska 20
Kansas 41, @Colorado 27
Texas A&M 38, @Kansas State 17
Baylor 20, @Iowa State 17
Last Week's Games
@Missouri 23, Nebraska 20
Saturday Oklahoma State 31, @Texas A&M 20
@Kansas 34, Iowa State 13
@Oklahoma 27, Baylor 20
@Texas Tech 41, Kansas State 21
@Texas 52, Colorado 14
Note: Games involving FCS teams do not have lines