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Texas’ schedule talk: Oklahoma State

Posted August 22nd, 2014

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  • Did you know that Oklahoma State lost 17 seniors? That includes four defensive players who had 36 career starts or more.
  • Did you know that OSU opens the season with Florida State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington? The Cowboys are 18-point underdogs against the defending national champions. Win or lose, OSU gets to decompress with Missouri State and UTSA the following two weeks.
  • Did you know that OSU gets the Big 12’s four highest-ranked teams (from the preseason conference poll) in the last four weeks of the season? The Cowboys visit Kansas State (No. 3) on Nov. 1 and host Texas (No. 4) after a bye-week, then close the regular season with road trips to Baylor (No. 2) and Oklahoma (No. 1).

We’re spending these next two days continuing to examine Texas’ 2014 schedule. We’ve already done Texas-North Texas, Texas-BYU, Texas-UCLA, Texas-Kansas, Texas-Baylor, Texas-Oklahoma, Texas-Iowa State, Texas-Kansas State, Texas-Texas Tech and Texas-West Virginia.

Game 11: Nov. 15

TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE

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Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.

For Texas, the schedule’s aerial circus continues. For the third game in a row, the Longhorns will play a team that’s not opposed to abandoning the run. By this time of the year, the rookies in the secondary — we’re looking at you, Jason Hall — should be up to speed. Diplomas at DBU will be earned or denied in November.

Oklahoma State, sitting at 10-1, was primed to end last year with a bang, but it didn’t happen. The Cowboys picked up their second Big 12 loss to Oklahoma in the final week of the regular season. More air evaporated in a 10-point loss to former Big 12 foe Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.

Still, Oklahoma State ended with 10 wins or more for the third time in four years.

Last year, Texas’ six-game winning streak unraveled in its 38-13 home loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 16. Case McCoy was intercepted three times, including one that NFL first-round draft pick Justin Gilbert returned 43 yards for a touchdown.

By the end of the day, the Longhorns were even with Oklahoma State at 6-1 in the Big 12, trailing unbeaten Baylor.

Texas vs. Oklahoma State: FYI

Storylines: (1) Ground-and-pound vs. Aerial attack. Again. (2) How big will the homefield advantage be? Texas is near-perfect in Stillwater, winning seven of eight matchups there. (3) With one game to go in the regular season, the Big 12 race and bowl berth hunt will be intense.

All-time series: Texas leads, 23-5

Last time: Oklahoma State, 38-13 (2013)

Last year: Texas was 8-5, 7-2 in the conference and 3-2 on the road (wins at Iowa State, TCU and West Virginia; losses at BYU and Baylor). Oklahoma State was 10-3, 7-2 and 5-1 at home (wins over Lamar, Kansas State, TCU, Kansas and Baylor; a loss to Oklahoma).

Texas vs. Oklahoma State, in Austin: 3-4

Texas vs. Oklahoma State, in Stillwater: 7-1

Kirk Bohls says: Texas

Cedric Golden says: Oklahoma State

Vegas says: Oklahoma State by 2

Tomorrow’s game breakdown: TCU, on Thanksgiving

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