Oklahoma State will face its toughest test of the season to date on Saturday as it head to Austin to face Texas.
The Cowboys are a touchdown underdog in the game, and despite a 5-0 record and coming off a bye facing a Texas team that just lost to OU in heartbreaking fashion, the Longhorns have the goods to hand OSU its first loss of the season. OSU, though, has the goods to keep its undefeated streak rolling if the best version of OSU shows up.
We’ll see. It should make for the best Big 12 game of the weekend in a game that may help decide the conference title race. So ahead of the big game here are 10 things to know to be prepared.
• A win on Saturday would mark the first time in program history in which OSU has defeated ranked opponents in three consecutive outings. Saturday marks the 15th time OSU has faced at least three ranked opponents in a row and the first time since 2017. It is just the third time in school history that the Cowboys enter the third game of the stretch having won the first two.
• OSU has won 75 consecutive games when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points, dating to Sept. 13, 2003 – the longest active stretch of time in the FBS and longest since at least 1980.
• OSU has won 35 of its last 40 games when leading at halftime.
• In the last 39 games decided by 10 or fewer points, OSU is 29-10.
• Since 2008, OSU is 66-8 when it wins the turnover battle.
• Oklahoma State has won five of its last six matchups against Texas in Austin and is 7-4 in its last 11 meetings against the Longhorns (despite being 9-26 all-time vs. the school).
• OSU’s defense has allowed fewer than 100 yards of offense in a half in each of its last four games. The Cowboys limited Baylor to 99 yards in the first half, Tulsa to 89 yards in the first half, Boise State to 64 yards in the second half and Kansas State to 84 yards in the second half.
• OSU has held 14 of its past 16 Big 12 opponents under their season scoring average.
• Running back Jaylen Warren ranks 17th nationally with an average of 126.0 yards from scrimmage per game.
• OSU carries a seven-game winning streak into Saturday dating to last season, the fifth-longest active streak in FBS.
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