College football predictions: Can Oklahoma State continue dominating Texas?
Remember when the OSU-Texas football narrative was the Cowboys’ failure to hold a lead. Texas trailed 35-7 in 2004, yet won 56-35. Texas trailed 28-9 in 2005, yet won 47-28. Texas trailed 35-14 in 2007, yet won 38-35.
That’s three colossal collapses in a four-game span. Yet it’s ancient history now, for how the Cowboy have dominated UT, winning seven of nine, including five straight in Austin.
Now OSU goes back to Royal-Memorial Stadium as a six-point underdog against 12th-ranked Texas, but no one is counting out the Cowboys.
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Still, there’s one major difference now from most of those previous nine years. Texas has a quarterback. Sam Ehlinger has turned into a big-time QB.
“Their quarterback is considerably better than he has been, in my opinion,” Mike Gundy said. “They’ve got big, tall receivers. They want to throw the ball down the field. I just know he’s much more productive than he was in the past. You hear people talk about his throwing. I don’t see any issues with his throwing. He throws pretty good. He’s a pretty good college quarterback.”
Let’s get to the predictions:
Oklahoma State at Texas: Longhorns 38-31. Despite the recent dominance, Mike Gundy still is just 7-7 vs. the ‘Horns. He lost his first five to UT.
West Virginia at Kansas: Jayhawks 22-20. Big 12 upset special. A week ago, this game seemed a sure bet to decide last place. Now, both teams can think higher.
SMU at TCU: Horned Frogs 26-20. SMU has played well so far. Beware the Iron Skillet, Frogs.
Louisiana-Monroe at Iowa State: Cyclones 31-16. Iowa State’s promising season has gotten stuck in the starting gate.
Baylor at Rice: Bears 52-10. There was a time Rice was the bigger entity in the Southwest Conference.
Notre Dame at Georgia: Bulldogs 34-14. Game of the day. The 2017 meeting in South Bend was a classic, won 20-19 by Georgia.
Auburn at Texas A&M: Aggies 37-27. Since the Ags joined the SEC, they’re 0-3 at Kyle Field against Auburn, losing 45-41, 26-10 and 42-27.
Kentucky at Mississippi State: Wildcats 23-20. UK should have beaten Florida. Will that make the Wildcats mad or despondent?
Tennessee at Florida: Gators 31-20. UF seems vulnerable, but do the Volunteers have enough to rescue this horrid season?
California at Ole Miss: Golden Bears 24-20. Cal won in Seattle against Washington; why can’t the Bears win Oxford against Ole Miss?
South Carolina at Missouri: Tigers 41-30. Mizzou staged a season-opening clunker at Wyoming but has looked good since.
LSU at Vanderbilt: Tigers 34-7. The 0-2 Commodores don’t appear capable of putting up a fight.
Southern Mississippi at Alabama: Crimson Tide 52-13. Bama lost to the Golden Eagles in 1982, 1990 and 2000. But the only meeting in the Saban era went the Tide’s way, 52-12 in 2014.
San Jose State at Arkansas: Razorbacks 39-14. Man, how long has it been since Arkansas was relevant?
Michigan at Wisconsin: Badgers 21-14. Huge game with Big Ten title implications. Wisconsin moves to the top of the West Division with a win. If the Wolverines can do the same, they show they’re capable of beating Ohio State.
Michigan State at Northwestern: Spartans 13-7. Give up to Mark Dantonio; he’s got a good program playing 1956 football.
Nebraska at Illinois: Cornhuskers 59-7. The Big Ten’s version of the old Nebraska-Kansas games.
Boston College at Rutgers: Eagles 42-13. During football season, don’t you know New Jersey is glad that the state university uses an alias?
Connecticut at Indiana: Hoosiers 41-10. Just check in the pads and get to basketball season already.
Miami-Ohio at Ohio State: Buckeyes 56-7. This was supposed to be an Ohio State game against TCU, but that was changed to a one-game series, played last year in Arlington.
Central Florida at Pittsburgh: Knights 44-21. UCF keeps rolling. The Knights will get more playoff support this season, if they keep winning.
Louisville at Florida State: Seminoles 31-30. I have no idea which team will win, but Louisville will be better organized.
Appalachian State at North Carolina: Mountaineers 35-30. Don’t consider this an upset. Appalachian State might be more talented than the Tar Heels.
Central Michigan at Miami: Hurricanes 32-14. Miami will rue those early losses to Florida and North Carolina.
Western Michigan at Syracuse: Orange 33-28. There were high hopes for Syracuse, but now, Dino Babers’ former employer could knock off the Orange.
Ball State at North Carolina State: Wolfpack 42-14. N.C. State’s loss at West Virginia was a red flag for this season.
Old Dominion at Virginia: Cavaliers 36-17. Bronco Mendenhall is doing a good job with the Cavs, who might be the favorite in the ACC Coastal.
Charlotte at Clemson: Tigers 62-3. The good news for old pal Glenn Spencer, late of OSU – he’s no longer at the Charlotte defensive coordinator; he’s at Florida Atlantic.
Elon at Wake Forest: Demon Deacons 38-14. Wake is about to get to 4-0, and it’s not crazy to believe the Deacons could be unbeaten when they go to Clemson in mid-November.
Utah at Southern Cal: Utes 26-20. USC, which just lost to Brigham Young, could make BYU’s day again by upsetting the Utes.
Oregon at Stanford: Ducks 31-28. The Cardinal seems down this year but could make a push for the North Division title by winning here.
Colorado at Arizona State: Buffaloes 21-20. Upset special. Herm Edwards has been proving us wrong, but it seems like the Sun Devils are due for a stumble.
Washington at Brigham Young: Huskies 28-20. Washington is a disappointment, and BYU is better than expected. So this could be a good game.
UCLA at Washington State: Cougars 45-20. Ugh. That Bruin picture is getting ragged fast.
Morgan State at Army: Black Knights 38-6. The Cadets’ schedule isn’t full of roadblocks – Western Kentucky, Georgia State, San Jose State, UMass, VMI.
Wyoming at Tulsa: Golden Hurricane 24-20. TU is playing well, but this is a test. The Cowboys beat Missouri.
Houston at Tulane: Cougars 44-30. Time for Dana Holgorsen and D’Eriq King to get rolling, or this first season will be a dud.
Temple at Buffalo: Owls 28-9. The victory over Maryland sets up Temple for a special season.
William & Mary at East Carolina: Pirates 40-7. Some people forget that William & Mary was a legit power 60-70 years ago. William & Mary beat OU in 1942 and lost to Bud Wilkinson’s 1951 team. William & Mary beat OSU in the 1948 season Delta Bowl.
Air Force at Boise State: Broncos 31-30. This game could decide the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference.
Utah State at San Diego State: Aggies 17-13. San Diego State has a defense, but seems like you need more than that in 2019.
Toledo at Colorado State: Rockets 31-30. The Rams played fairly tough vs. Colorado and Arkansas, but more is needed.
New Mexico State at New Mexico: Lobos 32-21. Wonder if this game gets folks excited in the Land of Enchantment?
Nevada at Texas-El Paso: Wolf Pack 28-21. Can Jay Norvell’s Nevada team make a run at the Mountain West’s West Division?
Central Arkansas at Hawaii: Rainbow Warriors 42-34. Hawaii has gone 2-1 against Pac-12 foes. Maybe the Warriors are legit.
Sacramento State at Fresno State: Bulldogs 38-10. Fresno State seems like the West Division favorite.
Last week: 44-12. Season: 150-33.