No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1) is back in Lubbock this Saturday to take on the 18th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1, 3-1). Both teams have a loss each in Big 12 play, but look to keep their conference title hopes alive with a win this weekend.
2013 Oklahoma State Schedule/Results
|08/31/13||vs. Mississippi State||Houston, TX||W, 21-3|
|09/07/13||at UTSA||San Antonio, TX||W, 56-35|
|09/14/13||vs. Lamar||Stillwater, OK||W, 59-3|
|09/28/13||at West Virginia||Morgantown, WV||L, 30-21|
|10/05/13||vs. Kansas State||Stillwater, OK||W, 33-29|
|10/19/13||vs. TCU||Stillwater, OK||W, 24-10|
|10/26/13||at Iowa State||Ames, IA||W, 58-27|
|11/02/13||at Texas Tech||Lubbock, TX||6:00 p.m. CT|
|11/09/13||vs. Kansas||Stillwater, OK||3:00 p.m. CT|
|11/16/13||at Texas||Austin, TX||TBA|
|11/23/13||vs. Baylor||Stillwater, OK||TBA|
|12/07/13||vs. Oklahoma||Stillwater, OK||TBA|
Record overall: 6-1, conference: 3-1, home: 3-0, away: 2-1, neutral: 1-0
No program has taken more advantage of a wide open conference in recent years than Oklahoma State. The Cowboys won at least nine games in four of the last five seasons, including 11 wins in 2010 and 12 in 2011 – the year they won the Big 12 conference and beat Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. In fact, during that time frame, Oklahoma State has a better winning percentage than everyone in the Big 12 except their big brother, Oklahoma.
Between Oklahoma State and Tech, the Cowboys have won the last four matchups by a combined score of 183 to 61, including a 66-6 blowout the last time these two met in Lubbock.
Eighth-year head coach Mike Gundy, who was offensive coordinator for four years prior to his promotion, has gradually built one of the most imposing and consistent offenses from year-to-year in the conference. You can’t mention Oklahoma State without bringing to mind names like Bryant, Blackmon, Weeden and Randle.
This season, Oklahoma State averages a modest 437.3 yards per game, mostly through the air. Senior quarterback Clint Chelf replaced J.W. Walsh versus TCU and has since earned the starting job, but he completed just 20 of 51 passes with a pair of interceptions in the last two weeks.
On the ground, the Cowboys put together 342 rushing yards in a 58-27 victory over Iowa State on Saturday, just a week removed from being held to 95 against TCU. Junior running back Desmond Roland, making his first career start in Ames, set personal bests with 219 yards and four touchdowns on just 26 carries. Expect to see more of him this weekend.
The Cowboys boast a plus-9 turnover margin thanks to defense taking the ball away 12 times in the last three weeks and their 13 interceptions are tied for eighth in the country. A Top 20 defense in terms of points given up, Oklahoma State allows just 19.6 points per game.
Despite the road loss to West Virginia, the Cowboys may very well be the best team in the conference. At least, the most complete team now that they’ve found their answer at running back. With receiving talent to spare, serviceable quarterbacking, an aggressive defense and game-changing special teams play, Oklahoma State will be a tough test for Tech this weekend.