Point spread: Oklahoma State -7.5
The Oklahoma State Cowboys continue their quest for a Big 12 title this upcoming Saturday afternoon when they take-on the Texas Longhorns at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in a huge conference showdown of nationally ranked teams. The game is slated to get underway at 3:30 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ABC.
Oklahoma State rolled over Kansas 70-28 this past Saturday as a 31-point home favorite to move to a perfect 5-0 straight-up (4-1 against the spread) on the year. The total has gone ‘over’ in three of the five games. The Cowboys join Kansas State and Oklahoma as the only undefeated teams in the Big 12.
One of the main reasons Oklahoma State is off to a strong start is a potent passing attack led by quarterback Brandon Weeden. He has completed 74.3 percent of his throws for 1,592 yards and has this offense ranked second in the nation in passing with an average of 415.5 yards a game. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been on the receiving end of 38 of those throws for 450 yards and four touchdowns,
Texas had no answer for Oklahoma’s passing game last Saturday in an ugly 55-17 romp at the hands of the Sooners as an 11-point home underdog. It was the Longhorns first setback of the season to drop them to 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS). The total has now gone ‘over’ in their last three games.
Oklahoma torched the Longhorns’ defensive secondary for 367 yards through the air which does not bode well for their chances in this game. They will need to counter with a ground game that is averaging 206 yards a game behind Malcolm Brown and Foswhitt Whittaker, who are each averaging close to five yards a carry.
The Cowboys are 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in eight of their last 11 games as road favorites.
The Longhorns are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games in the Big 12 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games as home underdogs. The total has stayed ‘under’ in six of their last eight home games.
Texas has won nine of the last 10 games SU, but fell 33-16 last year as a four-point home underdog. The favorite in this series is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four. The total has stayed ‘under’ in three of the last five games in this series.
Stick with the Longhorns and the 7.5-points at home this Saturday, as they keep things close enough cover against their conference rivals.
The Pick: Oklahoma State 31 Texas 27
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