NCAA Football – Week 5
The early advantage in the Big XII will be handed out on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium, where the college football odds will be contested between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns.
The Horns have been awesome all year long, but this is really going to be their first massive test. Head Coach Mack Brown will be quick to point out the fact that the Ole Miss Rebels team that his squad blew out two weeks ago is a 3-1 team and the Wyoming Cowboys that his team beat to start the year did win eight games in 2011. Still, the offense hasn’t had to face anything like this yet, especially knowing that the assault that could be coming from the Cowboys offense when push comes to shove. QB David Ash beat out QB Case McCoy this year for the starting job, but that doesn’t mean that it is his once and for all. He has completed 76.4 percent of his passes for 703 yards and seven scores without a pick, but again, the level of competition clearly hasn’t been all that great that he has been playing. Do keep an eye on the ground game for UT, as both RB Malcolm Brown and RB Joe Bergeron have the ability to go off for 100+ yard games.
Oklahoma State has the No. 1 offense in the country, and it is the only team that is putting up over 600 yards per game. Of course, we also have to remember that the teams that have appeared on the docket this year aren’t exactly offensive juggernauts, and we would be shocked to see the Cowboys put up much more than maybe 400-450 yards against the Longhorns. Matters could be made more complicated if QB Wes Lunt is out of the fold. His ankle injury might keep him out, and if it does, it’ll be up to another freshman, QB J.W. Walsh to take over under center. Walsh is a massive dual threat, as he already has 496 passing yards and 102 yards on the ground this year, and he has totaled seven touchdown against just one INT. RB Joseph Randle will get the ball at least 15-20 times in this one, and if he does and keeps up with his 6.7 yards per carry average, he’ll get to the century mark once again. Randle is one of the three rushers on this team that has at least four touchdowns this year, though we know that the backup backs won’t see nearly as much time as they have recently.
The Pokes have claimed two in a row both SU and ATS in this series, and there is no reason to think that that is going to continue this week. The Cowboys have been tested by no one this year, and the one game that they did play came on the road against the Arizona Wildcats, who beat them senseless. This is a Texas sized beating that is waiting to happen in Stillwater on Saturday night. Oklahoma State 31 – Texas 20