Now that Oklahoma State is 3-0 in just about everyones predictions, let's see if they make it out of Austin alive.
OSU 31 UT 13
This game ends up being much more about the Longhorn's lack of offense than the improvements on that side of the ball for the Cowboys. Without a steady threat through the air, Glenn Spencer's unit slowly chokes the life out of UT, allowing OSU's use of the Cowboy Backs to eventually wear down a strong Texas D.
What impresses? The offense is coldly efficient, utilizing a lot of speed and play action to keep the UT defense on its heels. Rudolph is calmly directing the offense, and the defense looks very solid. The hype is over the hump, and everyone's jacked up for a home date with the Purple Wizard's Wildcats.
OSU 28 UT 7
Woah, what's that, is that the orange Kool-Aid you're drinking? Pass it on to your friend because at 4-0 the Cowboys are flying high. Rudolph has a stellar night, throwing for over 25p yards and three scores while Carson rushes for 115 and a touchdown. The score doesn't look impressive but Ogbah and the defense shut down what Texas will try to pass off as an offense this year and only allows 120 yards all game.
OSU 30 UT 21
I think Texas will be much improved this year and I have them knocking off Notre Dame in September. But the Pokes will have just a little too much for the Longhorns to handle as Oklahoma State will improve to 4-0 on the year.
Rudolph shines against his first real competition of the season as he throws for three touchdowns in the win. The most impressive part of the game will be the front seven of the Cowboys who will dominate inside all day holding Texas to less than 100 yards on the ground.
Gerald - Wait. You have Texas being good?
OSU 42 UT 14
Texas is in a funk after a close loss to Notre Dame. Without any offensive consistency early, OSU's defense stops the first several drives for the Longhorns and the already well oiled offensive machine for the Cowboys keeps on churning.
Mason Rudolph and James Washington show that a already budding chemistry is in full effect, with Rudolph targeting the receiver for three touchdowns and 200+ yards. Chris Carson puts in work in DKR stadium, with whispers of a star being born with a two touchdown, 250+ yard rushing performance.
Because the game is over early, with much of DKR emptying out early in the 4th quarter, JW Walsh gets to run a late touchdown in from the 43 yard line, showing how lethal a threat he can still be. The coal has been shoveled into the engine, and the Kool-Aid has been drunk from the biggest, shiniest orange goblet. ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN.
OSU 31 UT 28
First real test of the year for the Pokes and they pass it in Austin. Texas hangs in there all night, but they just aren't able to make the one big play they need on offense because we all know Swoopes isn't in Rudolph's universe talent wise.
Speaking of Rudolph, he has a solid game with three scores (two throwing, one rushing). Carson and Childs prove to be a formidable 1-2 punch against their first legitimate defense they face. Gundy and the Cowboys are the toast of the town at 4-0 and inside the top 20.
OSU 34 UT 20
UT's defense might be good, but their offense can't score. OSU's offense starts out slow but eventually gets going, thanks to good receiver play. UT keeps up with them for the first quarter-and-a-half, but a late Cowboy TD puts them up 21-10 at half. From then on, the 'Horns just can't catch up.
OSU 24 UT 7
Texas' defense proved to be stout but offense is flatter than day old beer. The Cowboys' offense whittles its way down field a couple times to score and the Longhorns never get it going other than a late TD through busted coverage. Hype train is in running off the tracks.