The Oklahoma State Cowboys have always been living in the shadow of their in-state rival, the Oklahoma Sooners. However, the 2013 season may be a bit different as the Cowboys come into the campaign ranked in the top-15 and possible favorites to win the Big 12.
On the other side of the field, the UTSA Roadrunners are coming off a week one victory against New Mexico in which both teams had trouble moving the ball. They will need to perform much better offensively if they want a fighting chance at success.
The Cowboys had one of the best offenses in the nation a year ago. Finishing in the top 10 in nearly every major offensive category showed that this offense was potent. Returning just five starters might set them back a bit, but quarterback J.W. Walsh emerged as the top guy in week one. He passed for 135 yards and ran for 125 and a touchdown.
UTSA finished with just under 400 yards of total offense in week one, but quarterback Eric Soza proved to be a legitimate weapon, passing for 237 yards and two scored while rushing for another 48 yards.
Oklahoma State has a mediocre defense although they allowed just three points to Mississippi State in a win. They allowed 333 yards and ranked as one of the worst defenses in the Big 12 last season. UTSA kept New Mexico under 300 yards last week and basically shut down the Lobos’ pass game.
Oklahoma State will travel to UTSA to take on the Roadrunners at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be aired on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 37, UTSA 20
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