Handicapping and Predicting OSU Football’s Regular Season Finish

OSU is a double-digit favorite over TCU at home on Saturday. It will most likely be favored by a touchdown, maybe more, the following week in a road clash with Texas Tech. The next week, it’s going to be a home underdog by, say, a field goal to a surging OU team that has shown it has flaws.

I said it weeks ago and I’ll say it again: OSU can legitimately win out.

With three games left on the regular-season slate, it’s time to revisit expectations. My best guess at how the next three games plays out are below.


TCU (Nov. 13)

To say TCU has had a wild ride this season would be a disservice to wild rides. It is in the midst of a divorce with long-time coach Gary Patterson, star RB Zach Evans hasn’t played in nearly a month and the team has been otherwise exceedingly average to top it off. Don’t expect that to change. What the Horned Frogs did against Baylor last weekend was an anomaly.

Score prediction: OSU 35, TCU 13

OSU record: 9-1

Texas Tech (Nov. 20)

This is a night game in Lubbock which makes me think weird things could happen because, from afar, it seems like only weird things happen at night in Lubbock. But in Jim Knowles I trust. The defense will show up. And I think what we have seen over the last few games suggests the offense is at the very least coming into its own, too. Not 2011 good but reliable enough to win in a game like this.

Score prediction: OSU 40, Texas Tech 17

OSU record: 10-1

Oklahoma (Nov. 27)

Look, I get it, Mike Gundy’s beat OU twice in his entire tenure as OSU’s head coach. Asking him to do it against an OU team that will most likely be ranked inside the top-five at the time Bedlam is played is a tall task. HOWEVAH, this game is going to be rocking. Boone Pickens Stadium will be shaking. The defense will be good. And, dare I say it, I still think OSU > OU right now based solely off the eye test. Come at me! I believe.

Score prediction: OSU 30, OU 27

OSU record: 11-1

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