Date/Time: November 16, 2013 3:30 pm EST
College Football Betting Favorite: Oklahoma State -3
Oklahoma State and Texas were considered the two favorites in the Big 12 coming into the season. Both teams got off to a slow start to the season, but they are both playing their best football of the season right now. Texas is unbeaten in the Big 12, while Oklahoma State comes in with one loss. This game is huge for both teams!
Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State Cowboys were seen as the favorite according to most at the start of the season in the Big 12. Oklahoma State slipped up at West Virginia, and a lot of people jumped off the bandwagon. All the Cowboys have done since then is roll up five straight wins. Their huge wins at Iowa State and on the road against Texas Tech were eye-opening. It seems this Cowboys offense is starting to fire on all cylinders once again. Clint Chelf is the starting quarterback now, and he has been making good decisions with the football.
In the past, Oklahoma State has had to outscore the opposition in shootouts to win, but that isn’t the case anymore. The Cowboys are giving up just 19.7 points per game so far this year. This defense is one of the most improved in the nation. They allowed 41 points against Texas in their last meeting, so they’ll have to find a way to slow down the Longhorns running game this time around. Oklahoma State has been much better at late when it comes to winning the turnover margin as well.
Mack Brown’s job was in serious jeopardy a few weeks ago, and now it is Texas who holds sole possession of first place in the Big 12. Texas has won all their Big 12 games, but it certainly hasn’t been easy. The turnaround came at Iowa State, where the Longhorns were very fortunate to escape with a win. Last week, the Longhorns needed overtime to outlast West Virginia on the road. Texas should be thrilled to be back in Austin this weekend. Case McCoy was thrown into action for the injured David Ash earlier this year, and McCoy has steadily gotten better each week. Texas is averaging 37.7 points per game.
The Longhorns offense took a hit when running back Johnathan Gray suffered an Achilles injury last week. He’ll miss the rest of the year. Malcolm Brown will get even more carries moving forward. Defensively, the Texas front four was manhandled by BYU and Ole Miss, but they have been good of late. They’ll hold the key to this game for the Longhorns. They have to get into the backfield and make things difficult for the Cowboys offense.
Free Pick: Oklahoma State -3
While Texas is unbeaten, the way they have done it hasn’t been particularly impressive. Oklahoma State seems to be hitting stride at the right time, and they need this game even more than Texas. I think the Cowboys get the job done.
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