Oklahoma State to Bounce Back with Cover vs. Texas Tech

Oklahoma State Cowboys player in field

Willie Bee

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 5:43 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017 5:43 PM GMT

Oklahoma State is coming off an upset loss at home, but the Cowboys are favored on the NCAA football odds to win a ninth straight in their rivalry with Texas Tech.

It wasn’t an upset of epic proportions with Oklahoma State favored by 9½ against a good TCU team. Still, the 44-31 loss the Cowboys suffered sent shockwaves through the Big 12 and national rankings where they tumbled nine places in the AP, seven according to the coaches poll.

Now Mike Gundy takes his gang on the road to try and get back into the win column, and they’ve picked a place that’s never a fun place to visit with a Saturday night scrap in Lubbock against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. A full house and typically liquored-up crowd are expected at Jones Stadium for the 8 PM (ET) kick on FOX, and Oklahoma State is once again favored by 9½, that spread first going out -11. While the spread has been falling, the total is on the rise, most shops listing 81 for the target.

 

Right Side Of OSU’s O-Line Is Banged Up

The Cowboys briefly held a 7-6 lead over TCU last Saturday, but they never could stop the Frogs on the ground and helped the visitors out by turning it over four times. Two of those giveaways were interceptions thrown by Mason Rudolph as TCU frustrated him with tight coverages downfield. Rudolph might be without senior wide receiver Chris Lacy who is questionable with a shoulder injury, and the right side of his offensive line might be entirely new after guard Larry Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury plus tackle Zachary Crabtree listed as questionable with a toe injury.

Tech moved to 3-0 on the campaign with a 27-24 mild upset at Houston, the Red Raiders closing as 7 point underdogs on the NCAA football odds. Nic Shimonek passed for 321 yards and a couple of scores, and Kliff Kingsbury’s crew also ripped off a couple of long runs to deny the Cougars’ comeback attempt. Texas Tech was without placekicker Clayton Hatfield (hip) for the contest, and the junior is questionable again this week, as a linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee) and safety Vaughnte Dorsey (head).

 

Rivalry Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Oklahoma State has 8-straight wins in the series to pull within one of Texas Tech, the Red Raiders up 21-20-3 in the rivalry. Sportsbooks raised the total to 87½ last year and the teams still managed to push it past the mark for a 5th-straight year in one of the most entertaining games of 2016. The Cowboys held on, 45-44, thanks to a missed PAT by Texas Tech kicker Clayton Hatfield, a 2nd-stringer in 2017 and 5-for-5 in the XP column. It was also the 4th-straight cover for the visitors, the sixth time that happened in the last seven meetings.

A wet week in the Texas panhandle should give way to clouds and temps in the 60s for Saturday’s kickoff. I’m not a big Gundy fan, but I am convinced he’ll have the Cowboys ready to rebound in a big way to help my free college football pick pay off.

 

Free NCAAF Pick: Oklahoma State -9½ (-106)Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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