Big 12 football picks: Oklahoma State at #12 Texas & 3 more
O 72 (-110)
U 72 (-110)
Oklahoma State has won the last four meetings in this series, but three of those wins were by only a field goal. This time is different for the Longhorns, because they have finally found a quarterback. Sam Ehlinger is one of only three quarterbacks in the nation with at least 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. He has also already set the school record for passing yards in the first three games of the season. However, the Texas offense is balanced, as the Longhorns have rushed for more than 148 yards per game.
After 4 straight losses to OK State, why will this one be any different for the #Longhorns? Simple answer: Sam Ehlinger's all grown up. The #HookEm junior / Heisman contender heads in with 11 TD's, 0 interceptions, and a load of experience. @fox7austin ?: @jsala123 pic.twitter.com/EekYwKKxYN— Dennis de la Pena (@dennisonfox7) September 18, 2019
However, while the Longhorns have proven themselves against good opposition, Oklahoma State has played a very weak schedule. The Cowboys struggled to throw the ball in the first half against Tulsa last week, as Sanders had only 43 yards and they trailed 21-20 at the break. A strong second half led to a comfortable win, but it shows Oklahoma State's consistency is not where it needs to be.
The home crowd should help the Longhorns defense get some stops, and special teams should give them an edge, as kicker Cameron Dicker has already nailed two 50-yard field goals this season. The favorite in this matchup has gone 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. Look for that trend to continue.
Pick: Texas -6.5
It is also unlikely the Jayhawks will repeat their dominant rushing performance of last week, given West Virginia is allowing fewer than five yards per carry this season and has allowed just two runs (out of 167) of more than 20 yards.