No. 13 Oklahoma State looks to win its second game of the season on Saturday against UTSA after the Cowboys defeated Mississippi State in Week 1, 21-3.
Oklahoma State's defense was sound throughout the game against the Bulldogs in Week 1, but the offense didn't get going until the second half. The Cowboys scored 14 of their 21 points after halftime.
In the end, dual-threat quarterback J.W. Walsh threw for 135 yards while rushing for 125 and a touchdown. Senior running back Jeremy Smith added 102 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
UTSA defeated New Mexico in Week 1, 21-13. Senior quarterback Eric Soza passed for 237 yards and two touchdowns while running for 48 yards.
Here's a preview of the action on Saturday.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7 at 12 p.m. ET
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Tex.
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Oklahoma -27
Oklahoma State Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: OL Devin Davis (Knee), S Larry Stephens (Leg), LB DeMarcus Sherod (Knee)
Questionable: WR Austin Hays (Undisclosed)
Probable: No injuries to report
UTSA Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: CB Aneas Henricks (Shoulder)
Doubtful: DT Jason Neill (Leg)
Questionable: S Mauricio Sanchez (Undisclosed)
Probable: RB Jarveon Williams (Knee), TE David Morgan (Undisclosed)
Top Storyline: Is Oklahoma State Defense For Real?
We all know Oklahoma State has the talent to score in bunches, and the offense should only continue to improve as J.W. Walsh gets more comfortable with the option.
But if the Cowboys want to improve on their 2012 campaign, the defense will have to show strides.
You could look at the 21-3 victory over Mississippi State as a sign of things to come or a fluke against an overmatched team.
Cowboys fans can only hope it's a sign of things to come. OSU racked up three sacks, 10 tackles for loss and two interceptions against the Bulldogs in Week 1.
Oklahoma State defeated FCS opponent Savannah State to open the 2012 campaign, 84-0, only to lose to Arizona the following week, 59-38.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 37, UTSA 13
With one week under their belt, the Cowboys offense should be better in Week 2.
And even if Oklahoma State's defense is only picking on the little guys at the moment, UTSA is, indeed, a little guy this season. The Roadrunners don't figure to score many points against the Cowboys after scoring 21 against New Mexico.
I expect J.W. Walsh to have a better day in the pocket against UTSA, while Jeremy Smith continues to eat up yards on the ground. Junior receiver Josh Stewart should also have a big game in San Antonio.