After seven weeks of college football, there is a contest between two Big 12 powerhouses. These teams are the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Both teams started the season with different goals and hopes and that has remained true as the season has progressed. Oklahoma State was ranked in the AP preseason top ten rankings and was expected to compete for a college football playoff spot under coach Mike Gundy. Oklahoma State is currently the 10th ranked team in the college football rankings and will look to remain in playoff contention. Texas, on the other hand, started the season in the preseason top 25 but have already lost three of their first six games which means that their slim playoff hopes have already been reduced to zero. However, an upset win for Texas could definitely lead to a long winning streak during the rest of the season.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys started off their season extremely well and won their first three games by over 30 points each. The Cowboys looked like a potential candidate to win the NCAA championship. However, the Cowboys got upset by conference rival TCU at home and fell in the rankings as a result. Since that upset loss, the Cowboys have won consecutive games including a hard fought victory at Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State’s success is due to star quarterback Mason Rudolph. So far this season, Rudolph has thrown for 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions along with over 2,300 yards passing in just six games. Rudolph has also rushed for six touchdowns this season and will look to stay in the Heisman race against Texas on Saturday. Rudolph entered the season with the hopes of receiving a first round projection in the upcoming NFL Draft. If Rudolph continues to play like he has in the first six weeks, he will be a lock to be selected in the first round.
Texas’ season has been quite unpredictable to say the least. The Longhorns started the season in the top 25 but were upset by Maryland in the first game of the season. Many experts Texas’ season was over but Texas has remained extremely competitive in the following weeks. The main reason for this team’s competitiveness is due to starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger. So far this season, Ehlinger has thrown for six touchdowns and three interceptions. In addition to his success through the air, Ehlinger has 275 rushing yards this season and is averaging 4.0 yards per carry. If Ehlinger can make plays with his legs, expect Oklahoma State’s defense to struggle.
As for my prediction, I have to side with Oklahoma State. I think that Rudolph and that elite receiving core will be too much to handle for the Longhorns. I do expect Ehlinger to create several big plays but I think Oklahoma State wins this contest in a shootout.
Oklahoma vs. Texas: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Oklahoma State vs. Texas
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Start Time: 12:00 P.M. EST
Location: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX
How to Watch Oklahoma State vs. Texas On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream Oklahoma State vs. Texas on the ABC app.