The Oklahoma State Cowboys play the Texas Longhorns. See our college football odds series for our forecast and pick for Texas Oklahoma State. The Texas Longhorns are a shady group of athletes.
Is this a squad with a very high ceiling that is about to go into overdrive and reach its full potential, or is it an inconsistent club with a gifted quarterback whose youth will be on display frequently in the upcoming weeks and who likely needs one more year to become great? It’s an interesting discussion.
The highly anticipated quarterback Quinn Ewers made news when he switched from Ohio State to Texas. A high-profile transfer from one illustrious programme to another will always make news. One must keep in mind that Joe Burrow transferred from Ohio State to LSU, and that move was quite successful for him.
Was Ewers going to emulate Burrow’s behaviour? This question wasn’t about winning a national championship and being a megastar, but it was about building a name for himself and being able to turn around a proud Texas programme that has been struggling ever since the team’s defeat to Alabama in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.
Ewers’ injury versus Alabama in Week 2 was a tough break for Texas and Ewers. Without Ewers, the Longhorns came close to defeating Alabama, which appeared to show that the team had matured. A defeat to Texas Tech a few weeks later, however, disproved that assertion.
Despite helping Texas earn a few victories since his return to the lineup, Ewers struggled against Iowa State. Is that an indication of normal growing pains that will pass in the next several weeks, allowing Ewers to become even better than before?
Or is it a sign that Ewers will keep playing like a freshman, enduring the highs and lows of college football while he gets experience and works to hone his skills in preparation for 2023? The Texas season and any assessment of how dangerous (and good) the Longhorns really are the hinge on these two key questions.
The Cowboys should be at the top of the Big 12 standings, but Oklahoma State isn’t. Last week, they failed to hold onto leads of 24-7 and 30-16 against TCU, losing to the Horned Frogs 43-40 in double overtime. Up until the halfway point of the fourth quarter, Oklahoma State had total control of the game.
However, the Pokes were unable to maintain control of the ball or score enough points to win the game in regulation. Jim Knowles, Ohio State’s top defensive coordinator who left OSU in the offseason, left OSU, and OSU is suffering as a result. OSU would not have lost that game under Knowles’ leadership last season. In any case, the Pokes must find a method to overcome Texas in this game.
College Football Odds: Texas-Oklahoma State Odds
Longhorns of Texas: -6.5 (-105)
Cowboys of Oklahoma State: +6.5 (-115)
Over: 60.5 (-110) (-110)
Under: 60.5 (-110)
Why Texas Could Cover the Spread
Quinn Ewers might rank among the top five quarterbacks in the nation if he performs well. The Oklahoma State defence, which stumbled late in the TCU defeat, can take a beating from Ewers.
Why Oklahoma State Could Cover the Spread
Texas turns into a very ordinary squad if Ewers is not performing at his best. Oklahoma State is at home and really needs this victory. The Cowboys should benefit from both motivation and urgency in this game.
Final Texas-Oklahoma State Prediction & Pick
It all depends on how confident you are in Texas under Steve Sarkisian. We’re not convinced.
Texas-Oklahoma State’s final game Pick and Prediction: Oklahoma State +6.5