Texas Longhorns (5-5) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 15, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys +2 -- Over/Under:
The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys square off Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Texas Longhorns have won three of their last four games and are one win away from clinching a bowl game. Texas is a defensive minded team that’s allowing 22.4 points, 362 yards, and has forced 18 turnovers and 30 sacks. The Texas Longhorns have won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing 24 or less points. Jordan Hicks leads Texas with 110 tackles and Malcom Brown has 10.5 tackles for loss. Offensively, Tyrone Swoopes is completing 57.2 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Swoopes has two touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Texas has 19 passing plays of 25 or more yards. John Harris and Jaxon Shipley have combined for close to 1,400 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, while Marcus Johnson has four of his 24 receptions in his last two games. Texas’ ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray have six rushing touchdowns apiece.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have lost three straight games and still need one more win to clinch a bowl appearance. Daxx Garman is completing 54.4 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Garman has one touchdown and six interceptions in his last three games, and Oklahoma State has 22 passing plays of 25 or more yards. David Glidden and Brandon Sheperd have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while James Washington has eight of his 17 receptions in his last two games. Oklahoma State’s passing game has struggled lately, but the Cowboys are 4-0 SU this season when topping 250 passing yards. Oklahoma State is averaging 3.7 yards per carry, but leading rusher Desmond Roland is questionable due to him dealing with the death of his mother. Defensively, the OK State Cowboys are allowing 30.2 points, 423.8 yards, and they’ve forced nine turnovers and 25 sacks. Jordan Sterns leads Oklahoma State with 69 tackles and Emmanuel Ogbah has 14.5 tackles for loss.
The Longhorns are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in November. The Cowboys are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week. The Longhorns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Oklahoma State, the road team is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
We're slowly starting to see the Texas Longhorns turn the corner under head coach Charlie Strong, as their win last week over West Virginia was a huge step moving forward. Meanwhile, we're simply not seeing much progress from Oklahoma State, a team that's having a hard time on both sides of the ball. Give me the Longhorns and the small chalk.