Week 8 of Texas football is quickly approaching, which means it’s time for some audacious predictions. In a Big 12 matchup on Saturday, the No. 20 Longhorns will travel to take on the No. 11 Oklahoma State Cowboys. One of the most eagerly anticipated college football games of the week should be this one.
Texas recently defeated the Iowa State Cyclones in a spirited match. After forcing a turnover in the dying seconds of the game, the Longhorns avoided the upset attempt and won 24-21. They are currently third in the conference and have genuine title aspirations after a three-game winning streak.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, suffered their first conference defeat of the year in a nail-biting double-overtime contest with the No. 13 TCU. The 5-1 record of Oklahoma State should not be taken for granted, though.
Here are some daring college football predictions for Texas’ road game against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 on Saturday.
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3. Texas intercepts Oklahoma State at least twice
Both teams’ defences will need to step up in a game where every possession will matter. With a strong defensive effort, the Longhorns may be able to win the game given the Cowboys’ previous play.
Spencer Saunders, the quarterback for Oklahoma State, has had difficulty passing the ball the past two games. His completion percentage during that time was just 46.9%, with two touchdowns and an interception. Against the Horned Frogs, Saunders had a dismal 16 for 36 performance.
The Longhorns might prevail on Saturday because the Cowboys’ passing offence hasn’t been great lately. This season, Texas has already intercepted five passes, two of which were pick-sixes. Over the course of six games, Saunders has thrown three interceptions. Texas might intercept a few passes as a result of Saunders’ poor throws.
The audacious forecast is that the Longhorns will make at least two interceptions, which may ultimately make a significant difference in the final score.
2. Quinn Ewers throws for 300+yards, two touchdowns
Quinn Ewers, one of the most underappreciated quarterbacks in the country in 2022, is having a good year. The Longhorns’ lone defeat under Ewers came on a last-second field goal from Alabama in the season’s opener, a game he was forced to leave early. The redshirt freshman returned has a 3-1 record in games as a starter this year. He came back for Texas’ match against Oklahoma two weeks ago.
Ewers has completed 67.7% of his throws thus far for 820 yards, nine touchdowns, and just two interceptions. His best performance came in the Red River Showdown, when he threw for a career-high 289 yards with four touchdowns and an interception, defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in a rout that was 49-0.
It’s a good thing for Ewers and the Longhorns that Oklahoma State’s passing defence isn’t particularly good. Due to their 301 passing yards per game, the Cowboys are only 126 in the country.
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On Saturday, Ewers might play his best game ever. The quarterback might surpass 300 passing yards if his receiving group has a strong day, garnering additional national attention and possibly developing into a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Fans can anticipate two passing touchdowns from Ewers if he plays such a productive game.
1. Texas upsets Oklahoma State, climbs rankings
There is always a lot of interest in a matchup between ranked teams, especially when it involves a conference matchup. With high-scoring attacks and solid defensive performances, Saturday’s game could end up being one of the finest games of the season. Only one Big 12 power will remain in the end.
The Longhorns showed they can compete with any team in the nation in Week 1’s matchup with Alabama. They were within one point short of pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory.
On Saturday, momentum should matter. After suffering its first defeat of the year, Oklahoma State may be feeling a little down, whereas Texas is still rejoicing in its rout of the Sooners two weeks ago as well as its significant victory over the Cyclones.
The Cowboys should be under a lot of pressure going into this game, and if the home team stumbles early, the Boone Pickens Stadium crowd will probably vent their fury.
Our most audacious forecast? that the Cowboys will be upset by the Longhorns.
Although Texas’ defence ought likely remain strong and come up with significant stops in the game’s closing seconds, this one should still be tight. Expect a one-score match that will garner national attention for the whole week, catapulting Texas up the rankings and perhaps even into the top 10.
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