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Pokes Preview: Texas

Gina Mizell Published: October 15, 2011

No. 6 Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) at No. 22 Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12)
2:30 p.m. on ABC

The skinny on Texas
You know it by now. The Longhorns started the season 4-0 and climbed into the top 10, only to be stomped 55-17 by Oklahoma last week in the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mack Brown hired former Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to revamp the Longhorns’ attack, which right now relies on young players at quarterback (Case McCoy, David Ash), running back (Malcolm Brown) and wide receiver (Jaxon Shipley).

Figures to know
13-0: UT’s record in the game after the Red River Rivalry during Mack Brown’s tenure
7-0: Brandon Weeden’s road record as a starting quarterback

OSU player to watch: Joseph Randle
Randle has wowed folks with his versatility and playmaking ability so far this season, but he hasn’t been quite as involved in the OSU offense in the past two games, totaling 28 carries for 106 yards and five catches for 13 yards. Will he get more touches against the Longhorns?

Texas player to watch: Malcolm Brown
The freshman running back still has his best football ahead of him, but based on the way McCoy and Ash got knocked around by the Sooner defense last week, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the Longhorns lean even more on Brown this week, at least early on.

Matchups to watch

OSU passing game vs. UT secondary
Think Weeden and Justin Blackmon watched Landry Jones and Kenny Stills connect on that fade route with huge success? I hear the OSU duo is pretty decent at that play, as well. Hubert Anyiam has also been coming on in recent weeks and could have a big day against those young UT corners.

OSU front seven vs. UT quarterbacks
OU blitzed McCoy and Ash like crazy last week, tallying eight sacks. Will the Cowboys borrow from that blueprint? The OSU secondary has proved it’s solid enough to take those types of risks, but is the front seven talented enough to get that type of consistent pressure on the quarterback?

Don’t be surprised if…OSU forces more than three UT turnovers
The Cowboys rank sixth in the nation in takeaways with 17, including eight over their past two games. UT turned the ball over five times against OU, and three of those were returned for touchdowns.

Uniform prediction: All white
I’m actually pretty confident in this prediction. UT is famous for the “storm trooper” road look, and it almost makes too much sense for OSU to bust out the all-white look against the Longhorns.

Final score prediction
OSU 41, UT 23

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