Oklahoma State had last week off and so did my weekly post on the three things OSU most desperately needs to improve on to win their next game. We’re back after the bye week and I have some comments on the Kansas State loss as we preview the Texas game. Here are the three areas OSU has to improve in to beat Texas.
1. Offensive Line
I mentioned that I wasn’t going to move the offensive line from #1 on this list until they figured things out and I’m sticking to that. Justice Hill’s longest carry of the day went for 7 yards, part of his 41 yard and 11 carry day. Taylor Cornelius was under pressure early and often but what’s new? Oklahoma State is going to have to move the ball on the Texas defense and put up points if they want to win. The Texas offense will be good for at least 20 points, and probably a lot more than that, on the Oklahoma State defense. The offensive line needs to play well enough for the offense to put up 40 points if OSU want a shot in this one.
2. Quarterback Play
This would be the week for Mike and Mike to pull out all the stops and throw the kitchen sink in on offense. I wouldn’t mind if we saw a little bit of Dru Brown AND Spencer Sanders in this one. Even if they only bring these guys in during red zone situations (if OSU can get there first) all three guys should play. Corndog will start this one, but he might not finish it. No matter who plays, the quarterback is going to have to put points on the board, as mentioned above. Of course, this is also dependent on the offensive line.
Oklahoma State has struggled with penalties their last several games. The Cowboys improved against Kansas State with only 7 penalties for 70 yards, but that didn’t get it done against the Wildcats, and it won’t fly against Texas either.
If Oklahoma State can take care of the football, cut down on their penalties, and if the offensive line can stop being glorified turnstiles, OSU might have a small chance in this one. If the same problems continue to plague OSU, it’s going to be a long night in Stillwater. You can catch this one on ABC at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.