The Texas Longhorns have a shot at returning to the Top 25 AP Poll rankings next week, as a win against the No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys will be a boost to their stock. However, that’s going to be easier said than done, especially with the way the defense is set up this season for Oklahoma State. Check out our preview of this Big 12 showdown below.
Betting Preview for the Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma State Cowboys NCAA Week 9 College Football Game on October 31, 2020
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium
When: Saturday, October 31, 2020, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Texas Longhorns (+3.5)
Record: 3-2 Overall / 2-2 Conference
The Longhorns snapped a two-game skid last Saturday, as they trounced the Baylor Bears at home, 27-16. Prior to that win, Texas absorbed back-to-back losses to the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oklahoma Sooners. The Longhorns relied mostly on their ground attack to get by Baylor’s defense, as the team rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 47 carries, while quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed 15 of 23 passes for a touchdown and an interception. Oklahoma State has a terrific defense against the pass and run on paper, but the Longhorns shouldn’t shy away from taking the ground and pound approach, especially after seeing the Cowboys’ defense got gashed for nearly 230 rushing yards in last Saturday’s matchup against the Iowa State Cyclones. Texas’ high-scoring offense will always be a threat against any team, as Ehlinger has one of the best arms in the nation. Ehlinger is second in the conference in passing yards per game, with 296.2 and first in the league with 12 passing touchdowns against five interceptions.
The over is 4-1 in the Longhorns’ last five games overall.
Betting on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (-3.5)
Record: 4-0 Overall / 3-0 Conference
The Cowboys are still undefeated. Yeehaw! Oklahoma State scored a 24-21 win in Stillwater over the Iowa State Cyclones. Quarterback Spence Sanders was shaky under center for Oklahoma State in that game, going 20-for-29 with a touchdown and two interceptions, though he did complete all but only nine of his 29 pass attempts. But he certainly afforded to make those mistakes because of Oklahoma State’s defense that held Iowa State down to only 4-of-14 conversions on third downs. The Cowboys’ third-down defense is elite, as it is second nationally in that department. The Cowboys are allowing opponents to convert on just 18.18 percent of their third downs. That will be a key figure to keep in mind going into Saturday’s game. The Longhorns are among the highest-scoring teams in the nation, but their offense will be severely put to the test by Oklahoma’s defense that is allowing just 12.0 points per game and just 303.2 total yards per contest, both top-nine numbers in the FBS. On offense, Sanders can find an easier time to find his receivers this time around. The Longhorns are just 60th in the nation with 32.2 points allowed per game.
The Cowboys are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
The Longhorns win, 30-28.
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