If Oklahoma State would like to make another run at a BCS Championship, they first need to get past the pesky Arizona Wildcats.
Both of these teams are coming off victories in Week 1, albeit in much different fashion. Arizona needed overtime to defeat Toledo 24-17, while the Cowboys throttled Savannah State by a score of 84-0.
Each team will get a tougher test this week as the non-conference foes face each other for the third season in a row.
When: September 8, 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tuscon, Arizona
Watch: Pac-12 Network
According to Vegas Insider, Oklahoma State is currently favored at minus-10.5 points. The game opened at minus-13.5, so it is apparent that people have been taking Arizona early in the week.
The Wildcats did not look as dominant as the Cowboys in their opening game, but they have more experience at key positions. With freshman quarterback Wes Lunt starting in his first road game, he is likely to have some early struggles.
It would be a wise choice to follow the trend and take Arizona with the points.
Vegas Insider has the over/under set at 69.5. With Oklahoma State on the field, there is no mark too high.
Not only did the team prove capable of scoring in bunches in Week 1, but the defense is shaky as well when it faces top opponents. Despite going 12-1 last season, Oklahoma State allowed over 20 points in 10 of its games and over 30 points in five of them.
Arizona is no slouch on offense, either, with the high-powered Rich Rodriguez at the helm.
Take the over and watch the points add up all night long.
Oklahoma State Injury Report (via USA Today)
WR/KR David Glidden (Ankle) Questionable
Arizona Injury Report (via USA Today)
OL Addison Bachman (Concussion) Questionable
LB Dakota Conwell (Foot) Questionable
LB Rob Hankins (Concussion) Questionable
LB Greg Nwoko (Hip) Questionable
TE Drew Robinson (Concussion) Questionable
OL Trent Spurgeon (Ankle) Questionable
DL Dan Pettinato (Leg) Questionable
Although it is still extremely early in the season, the BCS should always be in the mind of players and fans. You cannot win a title in September, but you can certainly lose one.
Oklahoma State surprised many last season by entering the national championship picture at the end of the season, and they have an outside chance of doing it again this year. However, a loss to Arizona could end any hopes of that coming to fruition.
Keys for Oklahoma State
Quarterback Wes Lunt did as much as he could last week against Savannah State before it turned into a laugher, but now he has his first real test. He needs to show that he can compose himself in what should be a hostile atmosphere.
The defense must also build off last week's performance and show that it was not a fluke. Once again, the competition will be tougher, but the unit needs to have the same discipline to handle the spread attack.
Keys for Arizona
For Arizona to win this game, avoiding turnovers is key. The team had 624 total yards on offense against Toledo, but could only muster 24 points because of three turnovers.
The Wildcats need to be efficient to win a tough game like this. That means holding on to the football, cutting down on penalties, making field goals and doing better than last week's 5-of-15 on third downs.
It is apparent that there is a lot of talent on the offense, led by quarterback Matt Scott. The key will be to turn yards into points to keep up with Oklahoma State.
This should be a high-scoring affair between two teams that can really move the football. It will be a good measure for the season for each team. Oklahoma wants to see how good its young team is, while Arizona needs to see improvement under its new coach.
In the end, however, the team with the most talent will triumph, and that team is Oklahoma State.
Score: Oklahoma State 41, Arizona 35