It’s game day! The Cowboys welcome the No. 22 Texas Longhorns to Boone Pickens Stadium for what is a huge game for both teams.
The ‘Horns are trying to stay above .500 as they open conference play on the road and will try to prove that the Notre Dame game was worth more than it appears and that the loss to Cal was an aberration.
The Cowboys have had plateaus and downs and sit at 2-2, far below the lofty preseason expectations put upon the team. They want to stay in the hunt of things and not got 2-3 which would be the worst start of Gundy’s tenure.
Here is how our staff sees the game and how things will shake out. Some of us had more to say than others. Feel free to drop yours in the comment section below.
Think OSU is gonna score on some big passing plays. Texas' secondary has not shown the ability to stop an opponents passing attack and I think the Cowboys will expose that. On the other side of the ball, I think the Cowboys will be able to slow down the powerful Longhorn rushing attack similar to Baylor. In the end I don't think Buechele and the Texas wideouts will be able to keep up with Mason and the gang. Cowboys win a close one. 38-34 Oklahoma State.
I think Mason is going to have a lot of success against the Texas secondary. Texas will run all over us, and score a lot of points. However, I think we'll clean up the TO's, and I like our QB better than theirs. 42-36 Cowboys.
The last time Oklahoma State beat Texas in Stillwater I was 3 months old. With that being said, I think it's time for a change. Oklahoma State has already faced a prolific rushing attack in Pitt so we should know what it takes. 37-35 Pokes.
It'll be a roller coaster of a game, back and forth the whole way. Rudolph's going to throw for 400 and a couple TD's. Justice Hill will run for over 100 and have a couple touchdowns. On the other side it'll be the 18 Wheeler package that'll do the most damage for Texas. At the end of the day OSU gets a key stop in the end to win the game. Neither defense is stellar so it'll come down to who can get the final stop. Cowboys will 41-34.
I think the battle on the ground will be key. If Oklahoma State’s defense can control the Longhorn run game in a similar fashion to Baylor, they will have a good chance. Of course, the same two issues could graze a Cowboy toe: turnovers and giving up of big plays. But I don’t think Texas is built to capitalize on either as good as Baylor so I’ll pick the Cowboys to break an eight-game home losing streak to Texas. 42-37 Oklahoma State.
The offense will find their stride this week. Yurcich will be feeling a little pressure from the higher-ups, including the Head Mullet. He has the plays he needs to succeed, but for some reason keeps away from a more successful formula week after week. I think we really see the Cowboys spread the field and really open things up. The defense is going to have trouble handling the Longhorns' running game and the physicality of Chris Warren. If they get to Buechele early and make the offense more one dimensional, they'll have more success against the run.
To win this game, the Pokes need a game-breaking play on defense or special teams to swing momentum and be the moment people remember as the play that ended Texas' reign in BPS and turned this season around. Pokes pull it off, win it 41-35.
41 - 38 Oklahoma State.
34-24 Pokes baby.
Editor’s note: We had to add a late-game wrinkle and added Elias’ pick post-publish time.