OSU football: The Six Shooter pregame thoughts on Bedlam
NORMAN — Bedlam is practically here. The Cowboys and Sooners kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Owen Field, televised by ABC.
The Six Shooter is loaded and ready:
Cowboy in the Crosshairs
Right tackle Teven Jenkins
Jenkins has been OSU’s most reliable lineman this season, and though he missed a few snaps against Kansas State with what appeared to be an ankle injury, he returned and played well. OU will attack from all over with guys like Ronnie Perkins and Nik Bonitto. The Cowboys need guys up front they can count on against OU’s potent defensive line, and Jenkins is option No. 1.
Matchup that Matters
OSU receiver Tylan Wallace vs. OU cornerback Tre Brown
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No matter the scenario for the OSU offense, Wallace has to be a constant threat. He might be the best offensive player in the Big 12, but if OU is able to take him away, either with good single coverage or double-teams, the Cowboys will be in trouble.
Number to Know
That’s the rate at which opponents are converting third-down attempts against the Cowboys (21-of-90), which ranks No. 1 in the nation. On the other side, OU ranks 35th nationally in converting third downs at 43.5 percent (41-of-90).
Against the Spread
The line for the game has been all over the place. It opened at OU minus 9, jumped up to minus 10 and is down to the Sooners minus 7. Very erratic. But the over/under seems a little out of whack, especially with the drop in the line. I predicted a total of 43 (OSU 23-20) and I feel good about the 16-point cushion between my total and 59.
We’ve seen all-white and a black-white-gray combo on the road this season, so there aren’t many more standard looks for the Cowboys to go to. I really would have expected this to be the all-white game, but they busted those out for K-State. I wonder if they’ve got another new helmet logo under wraps this week after debuting the script Cowboys logo last week, but you never know. I’m expecting the orange lid with Phantom Pete head logo.
1 Wild Prediction
Dillon Stoner will throw a touchdown pass
Oklahoma State is going to have to get creative in what it does to get the ball out of the pocket quickly on Saturday, with the struggles of the offensive line lately. That doesn’t necessarily mean a bunch of trick plays. It more likely means quick reads, toss plays, screen passes. But it could mean one or two tricks.
(Wild Prediction record: Season, 3-3; All-time, 6-39)