#16 Oklahoma State (1-0) vs. Rice (0-2)
Line: Oklahoma State -32.5
Oklahoma State dropped 11 spots in the polls after a 45-35 loss to Houston last Saturday. The Cowboy defense played back to protect against the big play which the Cougars speedy wideouts are certainly capable of making. Houston reacted with screen passes and the unexpected run game. The Cougars rushed 36 times for a total of 146 yards. Add in 360 yards of passing offense and Houston has shown a template on how to attack the Cowboys. There should be a small bit of help arriving this week as starting Strong safety Markelle Martin is expected back after missing the first two games.
Unlike Houston, Rice is struggling on offense. Rice gained just six yards in the first quarter and a 45 yard field goal was it for their first half scoring. The Rice defense played strong in the fist half, but allowed 44 points to the Texas Tech offense in the second half. Red Raider quarterback Taylor Potts ended up with 456 yards passing which included seven touchdowns. Ouch.
It is a tall order for the Owls to play back to back games against offensively explosive Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Rice has failed to cover the spread in their first two games. The Owls will once again give up a ton of points and they just haven't shown the firepower on offense to keep up. I expect Oklahoma State to tighten their defense against a weaker offense and play with more effort this week. The goal of being 7-0 going into the Texas game is lost, but the Cowboys still have a lot to play for. OSU scores early and often.
Dave's Pick: Oklahoma State -32.5
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