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Dave's Free Pick ATS- Houston at No. 5 Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Linebacker Patrick Lavine #4 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defeated the Bulldogs 24-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
dave darbySenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2009

Houston (1-0) at #5 Oklahoma State (1-0)

Line: Oklahoma State -15

Oklahoma State earned praise for their week one victory over Georgia, but Houston's offense has many folks wondering if this week is a trap game for the Cowboys.

Things sure didn't look good for Oklahoma State early against Georgia. Georgia ripped right through the Cowboy defense for an early score and had all of the momentum in the first quarter. Oklahoma State came alive in the second quarter and shut out the Bulldogs, while the Zac Robinson to Dez Bryant train started to roll.

The result was a 24-10 win, and a bit of time in the national spotlight for OSU. It is the Cowboy's defense that faces the largest task this week in not only facing the potent attack of Houston, but switching gears from the Georgia smash-mouth ground game to Houston's fast paced passing attack.

Houston had no trouble getting by Northwestern State in week one, winning 55-7. Case Keenum led the nation last year in passing yards and tallied 359 last week to go with his four touchdown passes.

While there was not much to speak of as far as a run game, Houston used freshman tailback Charles Simms as a weapon in the passing attach with six catches for 128 yards and a score.

I think Houston will be the "sexy" pick for many this week as there is so much attention on the Houston offense and the anticipation of a let down by OSU after their big victory last week. Houston had an early lead last year before the Cowboys turned it on and won 55-37.

I see this year's game ending much the same way. Houston are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games on the road while OSU is 5-2 against the number at home. Both offenses are good, but Houston have no hope against the Oklahoma State ground game while the Cowboy defense will offer some resistance to the Cougars.

I'm on the Cowboys.

Dave's Pick: Oklahoma State -15


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