Thursday, October 23, 2008

Okie State-Texas Preview: Randy Moss the reason Dez Bryant went to Oklahoma State

#6 Oklahoma State vs. #1 Texas
Saturday, October 25 - 3:30 EST
Darrel K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
Austin, Texas
Texas -13.5

At the start of the season, who would have thunk it?...both Oklahoma State and Texas are coming into this game with perfect 7-0 marks...not too many people...

Okie State keeps rolling along...QB Zac Robinson is third in the nation in passing efficiency while RB Kendall Hunter is sixth in rushing with a 136 yards/game...WR Dez Bryant is fourth in total receiving yards with 809...the offense gets most of the attention in Stillwater, but the Okie State defense is not that bad...the defense is led by junior LB Andre Sexton...Jeremiah Price leads the team in sacks and Patrick Lavine is the top Poke in INTs... this is Okie State's third road game of the year...they are winning on the road by an average score of 33-18...

Another week, another big game for Texas...Colt McCoy is still leading the Horns in rushing, but Chris Ogbonnaya (photo, below) is coming on strong...Ogbonnaya is a 6'1", 225 lb senior running back...the force on defense is DE Brian Orakpo who will be a First Team All-American at the end of the season...

Quick Numbers
Offensive Numbers
OSU - Rushing per game - 283 yards
Tex - Rushing per game - 193 yards

OSU - Passing per game - 218 yards
Tex - Passing per game - 290 yards

Defensive Numbers
OSU - Rushing allowed - 116 yards
Tex - Rushing allowed - 48 yards

OSU - Passing allowed - 219 yards
Tex - Passing allowed - 275 yards

- Over the last 3 years, Okie State is 1-2 against the spread as an underdog of 10.5 to 21 points
- Over the last 3 years, Texas is 3-5 against the spread as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points
- Over the last 3 years, Okie State is 6-8 straight up in road games

What the experts say
The Gold Sheet - Texas 38-31
Power Sweep - Texas 41-31
Point Wise - Texas 47-34

Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-0) - Head Coach Mike Gundy
Here are the Oklahoma State game notes for the Texas game...
  • Oklahoma State Game Notes

  • Christopher Shelton of the Stillwater News-Press writes how the Pokes have come a long way since last season... "Junior quarterback Zac Robinson said he got chills when he considered the magnitude of the upcoming Cowboys-Longhorns battle. However, he added that the team will approach the contest the same way they prepare for every other game they play." ...
  • Christopher Shelton

  • John Rohde of the Oklahoma City Oklahoman writes how Okie State controls its own destiny... "If the Cowboys keep on winning, it won’t matter what the Sooners or anyone else does because OSU would be headed for the national title game in Miami." ...
  • John Rohde

  • Scott Wright of the Oklahoma City Oklahoman writes how Randy Moss was a big reason Okie State receiver Dez Bryant (photo) went to Stillwater... "But when it comes to players like Bryant — a guy with the talent to play anywhere in the country — it isn’t always the obvious attractions that draw them to a particular school." ...
  • Scott Wright

  • Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World writes about the battle between the Okie State running game and the Texas run defense... "Texas ranks No. 2 nationally in run defense. The Longhorns have allowed only 48.1 rushing yards per game. The Oklahoma State rushing attack is the fifth-most productive in college football." ...
  • Bill Haisten

  • Andrea Cohen of the Oklahoma City Oklahoman writes about the Okie State secondary who will face Colt McCoy... "On Saturday, Oklahoma State’s secondary — which nicknamed itself the "D-Block” last season — will be seriously tested by Colt McCoy, the hottest quarterback in the country, and the Longhorns’ receivers. If McCoy "can’t beat” the D-Block, OSU’s odds of beating the country’s No. 1 team improve dramatically." ...
  • Andrea Cohen

  • Texas Longhorns (7-0) - Head Coach Mack Brown
    Here are the Texas game notes for the Oklahoma State game...
  • Texas Game Notes

  • Suzanne Haliburton of the Austin American-Statesman writes how Mack Brown is motivating his team this week... "The Oklahoma game ball, complete with a funeral theme, was buried at the Texas practice field early last week. Two days later, Sports Illustrated cover boy Colt McCoy took the magazine from his locker and tossed it in the trash to the delight of his teammates." ...
  • Suzanne Haliburton

  • Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that a shootout may occur in Austin on Saturday... "Heading into Saturday’s game against No. 7 Oklahoma State (2:30 p.m., Austin), McCoy’s 2008 statistics inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium include an 86.4 completion rate (89-of-103), with 1,073 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and no interceptions." ...
  • Jimmy Burch

  • Tim Griffin of ESPN Blog Nation writes how Mack Brown enjoys drawing his points... "After beating Oklahoma, Brown sketched a ladder and had the Longhorns climbing it. He continued on that theme this week, after Texas' 56-31 victory over Missouri enabled it to claim No.1 spot in the initial BCS standings." ...
  • Tim Griffin

  • Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman writes about the team chemistry of the Texas Longhorns... "Among the first racing onto the field for the ensuing celebration were Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley, one the Heisman Trophy frontrunner and the other the star of Texas' statement victory over Oklahoma. Two leaders leading." ...
  • Kirk Bohls
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