- What: Texas Longhorns (No. 20) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (No. 11)
- Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
- Location: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ABC
A pivotal Big 12 matchup takes place during week 8 of the 2022 NCAA Football season when the Texas Longhorns head to Stillwater to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Texas is the No. 20 ranked team in the most recent AP Top 25 poll, while the Cowboys check in at No. 11.
Texas has a 5-2 overall record this season and a 3-1 mark in the Big 12 conference. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has a 5-1 mark overall and the team is 2-1 in the conference. The Longhorns are 0-1 in away games in 2022, while the Cowboys are a perfect 4-0 at home.
The Longhorns have won their past three games and are coming off a 24-21 win over Iowa State in Week 7. That victory saw them move up two spots in the AP Top 25 poll. The Cowboys are looking to get back in the top 10 in the AP Poll. Oklahoma State dropped three spots to No. 11 in Week 8 after losing 43-40 to TCU in double overtime in Week 7.
Before we look at the Week 8 NCAAF matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, check out the current NCAAF betting opportunities and our guide to betting on the 2022 NCAAF National Championship.
Texas Longhorns (No. 20) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (No. 11) picks
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|Oklahoma State Cowboys (No. 11)||+200||+210||+210||+205||+183|
Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers returned to action in Week 6 of the NCAA season after suffering an injury during Week 2. In the two games he’s played since coming back, the freshman quarterback has thrown seven touchdowns and racked up 461 yards. His performance against Iowa State in Week 7 wasn’t on par with his 67.7 completion percentage and 289 yards against the Oklahoma Sooners, but he performed well in the 24-21 win, going for 172 yards.
Texas has the third-lowest yards per game in offense in the Big 12 at 433.6. The team averages 253.7 yards in the air and 179.9 ground yards. Much of the Texas offense comes from Bijan Robinson, who leads the conference in rushing yards with 780. The junior running back also leads the Big 12 in rushing touchdowns with 10. Meanwhile, sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy is first in the conference in receiving touchdowns with six.
The Longhorns are strong on defense. They limit their opponents to the second-fewest yards on average in the Big 12 with 347.4. Texas averages 228.7 yards allowed in the air per game and 118.7 on the rush.
Oklahoma State breakdown
Senior quarterback Spencer Sanders has some work to do if he wants to match his pass completion percentage from his first three years with the Cowboys. Sanders is currently connecting at 58.5 percent. In his previous three years, his completion rate was over 62 percent. Sanders has thrown for 1,639 yards on the season and connected for 13 touchdowns. He has thrown three interceptions and been sacked seven times.
The Cowboys average 455.5 yards of offense per game, with 299.8 of that in the air and another 155.7 on the ground. The Cowboys’ passing yardage per game is second most in the Big 12, while the team ranks near the bottom (third lowest) in rushing yardage per outing.
Oklahoma State’s overall defense is third worst in the conference. The team gives up an average of 437.3 yards per game. The Cowboys are the only Big 12 team that surrenders more than 300 yards per game in the air (301). The team’s rushing defense is middle of the pack, giving up 136.3 yards per game on the ground.
The Texas offense is clicking. Ewers is racking up yards and touchdowns through the air and Robinson has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the team’s past five games. With Oklahoma State’s spotty defense, the best bet in this week 8 Big 12 NCAAF matchup is to pick the Texas Longhorns to beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Pick: Texas Longhorns to beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Week 8 of the 2022 NCAA Football Season.
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