On Sunday, the No. 6 Texas Longhorns opened as three-point favorites over the Oklahoma State Cowboys for next Saturday’s 7 p.m. Central contest in Stillwater on ABC.
Oklahoma State will be coming off of a bye week, just like Texas, and it’s safe to say it couldn’t have come at a more ideal time for either team.
Texas, of course, saw starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger sidelined during the opening drive against Baylor with what was later diagnosed as a Grade 1 AC sprain. However, Ehlinger is reportedly progressing well, and was scheduled to throw a football again for the first time since his injury on Sunday after throwing a Nerf football on Friday. His availability remains unknown for Saturday’s road game.
Furthermore, the Longhorns are currently riding a six-game winning streak, but the schedule proved especially challenging throughout the past month with Texas playing games against USC, TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma, and most recently, Baylor, which came down to the final seconds.
Oklahoma State, on the other hand, has now dropped back-to-back games against Iowa State and Kansas State, and three of the last four including a Big 12-opening loss to Texas Tech. Since starting at 3-0, the only win for the Pokes came on the road against the Jayhawks, 48-28.
ESPN’s FPI projects the Pokes slump will continue on Oct. 27 against the Longhorns, as Texas is currently the slight favorite with a 52 percent chance to win.
Last season, the Texas fell just short in overtime, 13-10, but history does favor the Horns in Stillwater, where Texas is 8-2 all-time. Oklahoma State has won each of the previous three meetings, though the Longhorns still hold the all-time series edge, 24-8.