Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Preview
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium— Stillwater, Oklahoma
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 12:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Writer’s Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys (-3)
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Betting on the Texas Longhorns (+3)
Fresh off their first loss of the season against California, it’s going to be interesting to see how the No. 22 Texas Longhorns respond when they begin Big 12 play in this week’s showdown with Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns gave up 50 points for the second time this season in their setback to the Golden Bears about two weeks ago, a clear indication for Charlie Strong’s boys that they need to improve defensively. They’re about to match up with a Cowboys team that’s posted at least 30 points in each of its four games this year, so the Texas D is in for another grueling test.
In the likelihood that the defense doesn’t hold up again, the Longhorns have no choice but to match fire with fire. Scoring has not been a problem for them at all. Across three games, they’re averaging 44.7 points, which is among the highest in the nation right now.
Texas quarterbacks Shane Buechele (starter) and Tyrone Swoopes have done a solid job in leading the offense (500.3 total yards per game). The former already has seven touchdowns under his name, while Swoopes’ dual-threat skills played an integral role in the Longhorns’ season-opening win over Notre Dame.
Texas is 3-7 SU and ATS in its last 10 road games.
Betting on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (-3)
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are also looking to bounce back after falling to Baylor, 35-24, in their weather-delayed Big 12 opener last week.
Oklahoma State has to be pretty frustrated with the loss. The Cowboys were in striking distance throughout the entire game, but they beat themselves because of turnovers and their defense which gave up too many opportunities, especially down the stretch, for the opposing side.
Well, the Cowboys can look forward to being gifted with several opportunities against a Texas defense that’s yielding nearly 50 points per game this season. Quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was held touchdown-less versus the Bears, should have an easier time in moving the ball forward through his favorite targets in James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey, all of whom have scored at least once this season.
Also, you can’t leave out Justice Hill or Rennie Childs. Both backs have made their presences felt on the ground, rumbling for 369 yards and seven touchdowns combined. The former, in particular, heads into this Saturday’s game fresh of his best performance of the year thus far. Hill finished with 122 yards on 20 carries and a TD in the loss to Baylor.
The Cowboys are 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Oklahoma State (-3) wins and covers.
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