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Texas vs. Oklahoma State: 5 key matchups to watch

Posted October 20th, 2017


Here are five key Texas-Oklahoma State matchups to watch on Saturday:

OSU’s receivers vs. Texas’ defensive backs

Ranked 108th nationally in passing defense (264.8 yards per game), Texas certainly has not yet re-established itself as DBU. DeShon Elliott has five interceptions and Holton Hill has scored two defensive touchdowns, though. Oklahoma State may provide UT with its biggest test; James Washington, Marcell Ateman and Jalen McCleskey all have at least 25 receptions and four touchdowns.

EDGE: Oklahoma State


Sam Ehlinger vs. Mason Rudolph

Ehlinger is 2-2 in his four starts but held his own in close losses to teams quarterbacked by Heisman Trophy contenders Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield. Rudolph will likely post the better passing numbers — he’s averaging 394.7 yards per game to Ehlinger’s 294.5 — but the feet that have led Ehlinger to back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances may add a new wrinkle.

EDGE: Oklahoma State

OSU’s run defense vs. Texas running backs

A chest injury will likely sideline Kyle Porter, so Chris Warren III and Toneil Carter will be the focal points of UT’s underachieving running game. Statistically, Oklahoma State has the Big 12’s best pass defense but ranks seventh against the run. Warren, who leads Texas with 274 yards, ran for 106 yards on 10 carries in last year’s meeting in Stillwater before his season was ended by a knee injury.

EDGE: Texas

Michael Dickson vs. Zach Sinor

Texas and Oklahoma State both brought their punters to this summer’s Big 12 media days, and Sinor stole the show with his grassroots Heisman Trophy campaign. Dickson, though, is the one contending for the Ray Guy Award at the season’s halfway point; he ranks second among FBS punters with an average of 48.3 yards. Sinor has punted only nine times, averaging 43.3 yards per kick.

EDGE: Texas

Tom Herman vs. Top 25 teams

When Herman arrived at Texas in November, his resume boasted a 6-0 mark against teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. That record, however, has slumped to 6-2 after a double-overtime defeat at No. 4 USC and last week’s 29-24 hiccup against No. 12 Oklahoma. Ranked teams like TCU and West Virginia await on the schedule, but can Herman return to his winning ways versus the No. 10 Cowboys?

EDGE: Oklahoma State

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