The Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1) are hosting the No. 12-ranked Texas Longhorns (3-0) in an early-season Big 12 showdown.
This exciting matchup pits two major programs with youth and talent—although an abundance of inexperience—against one another with potential BCS implications riding on the outcome.
Let's take a look at where you can watch the game, a few players to keep an eye on, make a prediction for the final score and so much more.
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.
When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:50 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: Texas -3 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
Major Injury Report (via CollegeInjuryReport)
LB Jordan Hicks—Hip—QST
PK Anthony Fera—Hip—QST
RB Joe Bergeron—Shoulder—QST
QB Wes Lunt—Knee—QST
BCS/Top 25 Implications
The Pokes are currently on the cusp of the AP Top 25 poll and ranked No. 22 in the USA Today coaches’ survey.
If the team wants to get serious about putting together a respectable season, this is one of the most critical games on its schedule.
Texas is ranked No. 12 in the AP and No. 11 in USA Today rankings after a strong 3-0 start.
However, the Longhorns have yet to be truly tested, and their defense will have its hands full with the O.K. State offense on Saturday.
The winner of this contest will have a leg up in the Big 12 race, as this is the first conference game for both programs.
Texas Player to Watch: David Ash
The Longhorns signal-caller has completed 55 of 72 pass attempts for a whopping 703 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He’s thrown no interceptions and has truly matured as a pocket passer since splitting time with Case McCoy last year.
He must continue to be perfect and keep the Texas offense rolling on Saturday, as the Pokes aren’t going to have a major problem scoring points.
If Ash can’t help his team get on the scoreboard, they aren't going to be able to leave with victory.
Oklahoma State Player to Watch: Joseph Randle
While the Pokes are normally a pass-first team, Randle has been instrumental in helping true freshman QB Wes Lunt get acquainted to Big 12 football.
Through three games, he’s carried the rock 50 times, piling up 335 yards and four touchdowns, while catching nine passes for 77 yards in that same time period.
He needs to continue to get his touches and be a major factor in the offense, as his elite rushing ability will help keep the Texas defense honest.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 47, Texas 44
Oklahoma State gets the edge here as the home team. While it isn't favored in Vegas, it has won this matchup the past two years in a row and could easily make it a third on Saturday.
Because so much is on the line in the first major Big 12 conference battle of the season for both teams, it’s going to be an extremely hard-fought game.
Expect the home crowd to make a difference and the Pokes to walk away with a W.
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