Double coverage•Oklahoma State's trio of running backs vs. Houston's D-line: Last week the Houston defense limited Southern to 35 net rushing yards – not too shabby. But this week they will undoubtedly face more serious running threats in starter Kendall Hunter (above) and backup Beau Johnson. Hunter handled his first week as the featured back extremely well, netting 107 yards on 23 carries.
Clippings•Oklahoma State 34, Houston 26: Cowboys hope to sustain momentum built in impressive season-opening victory over Washington State. Of particular note was the growth of OSU's defense, which ranked 101st nationally last season but limited Washington State to 193 yards of total offense. The game will hinge on OSU's ability to pressure Houston QB Case Keenum, who completed his first 14 passes in the Cougars' 55-3 triumph over Southern last week. ESPN.com's Tim Griffin •I picked Oklahoma State to win, though I certainly feel it's a winnable game for the Cougars. But in the end, I just felt that things are still a bit too uncertain with the Cougars' offense, and I don't know how the young fellas are going to react to being on the road at Boone Pickens Stadium. Had this been the fourth game of the season, I'd be going with the lads. But right now, I have to pick OSU. Houston Chronicle beat writer (and blogger) Michael Murphy
Man in motion•Case Keenum, Houston, QB Keenum runs the show for the Cougars, and it's a quck-moving, passing-heavy, Texas Tech-esque show. Last week, Keenum completed the first 14 passes he attempted, and in the game he attempted 44 total. Keenum gets rid of the ball quickly, so sacks might not be easy to come by, but Oklahoma State's pass rush and its corners will need to be on high alert to keep the Cougars from marching up the field on high-percentage passes. Another thing: Going against Keenum will be good preparation for facing Tech's Graham Harrell (below) in November.