Texas narrowly escaped a late surge from the Baylor Bears, making UT fans check their pulses throughout the entire game.
But, a win is a win and the Longhorns are 6-1, control their destiny in the Big 12 Conference and are the sixth ranked team in the country by the AP poll. UT will take their talents to Stillwater and showdown with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who are coming off a 31-12 road loss to Kansas State and a 48-42 home loss to Iowa State.
ESPN gives Texas a 51.3 percent chance of winning this game, according to its football power index.
UT PICK 'EM STANDINGS
So, after UT held on to defeat Baylor 23-17, let's take a look at the KVUE UT pick 'em standings:
Mike Barnes -- 5-0
Bryan Mays -- 5-0
Shawn Clynch -- 4-1
Paul Livengood -- 4-1
Tim Ryan -- 4-1
Hank Cavagnaro -- 3-2
Jay Wallis -- 3-2
Andrew McKibbin -- 2-2 ***(McKibbin was on vacation for the first pick)***
KVUE STAFF PICKS ITS UT-OKLAHOMA STATE WINNER
Now, the KVUE staff members made their picks for the Texas-Oklahoma State game. This is what they predicted:
Mike Barnes, KVUE Sports Director:
Texas 34, Oklahoma State 17.
Stilllwater is a tough place to play and Texas may have a sluggish start, but the Cowboys don’t have the horses to hang with the Horns. Texas wins 34-17.
Shawn Clynch, KVUE Sports Reporter:
Texas 33, Oklahoma State 16.
“Trap game?" Nah! Texas is 8-2 in games against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. This is a game UT needs to dominate regardless if the fighting Gundys trot out another quarterback not named Cornelius. It’s homecoming in Stilly, perhaps the best homecoming celebration in the country. Couple that with the loud slapping noises from the paddle people inside of T. Boone Pickens Stadium, don’t be surprised if Oklahoma State jumps on Texas early. But, the Longhorns will settle down and pound the rock for two bills (200 yards rushing) and win, 33-16.
Paul Livengood, KVUE Digital Sports Producer/Digital Desk Editor:
Texas 28, Oklahoma State 17.
In seven games, UT has played a game outside of DKR three times and only one on those has been a true "road game." The Maryland game was "technically" a neutral site game, but let's be honest playing in the Redskins' FedEx Field is a home game for the Terrapins. The reason I bring this up is because the Longhorns have played in another universities stadium only once this year (at Kansas State), and they struggled to score the football. UT sneaked out of Manhattan with a narrow five-point victory. In the two "neutral site" games, the Longhorns lost one and almost gave up a 21-point lead in the other. This game will not be easy for Texas, but it'll be a gut check assessment of how far they've come this season. I think Texas is just too talented this year for the Cowboys to realistically have a chance at an upset. A win here will set up a huge matchup versus West Virginia in Austin next week.
Bryan Mays, KVUE Daybreak Anchor:
Texas 38, Oklahoma State 13.
Texas is rested and ready. Sam Ehlinger will play, but I don’t see him running much if at all. UT shouldn’t need him to. Texas’ defense should have their best game of the season and set the tone in this one. Look for Duvernay to catch a long pass and for Heard to have his best game of the season. Texas wins 38-13, setting up a huge matchup with West Virginia at DKR next Saturday.
Hank Cavagnaro, KVUE News Reporter:
Texas 35, Oklahoma State 27.
I don’t really think that OSU has a chance. I mean, if you lose to the Kansas State Wildcats this year, you’re not looking pretty (let’s hope I don’t regret that when KU and Kansas State play). But it was still a team that was ranked earlier this season and has some good players if things go the right way. By the end of the day, Texas keeps it rolling atop the Big 12.
Jay Wallis, KVUE News Reporter:
Texas 31, Oklahoma State 24.
Everything about this game hinges on Sam Ehlinger playing healthy. If he doesn’t look like himself or Shane Buechele has to take significant snaps, the Longhorns could have a close game on their hands. From what I’ve heard this week, I expect Ehlinger to play a full game and be close — if not back — to his normal self. Oklahoma State has struggled to run the ball and the Longhorns defense should be able to cut down on the complexity of the Cowboys' offense. Sure, it’s homecoming in Stillwater, which will make this one a bit closer than it should be... but Texas will show it is are a mature squad with playmakers and take care of business.
Tim Ryan, KVUE News Director:
Texas 45, Oklahoma State 10.
Longhorns pour it on. They'll lead 28-0 at halftime. Oklahoma State makes a comeback with 10 points in the third, but UT responds early in the fourth quarter to put the game away and then runs the clock out, ending with a seven-minute drive consisting of off tackle left and off tackle right until the game is over.
Andrew McKibbin, KVUE Dayside Executive Producer:
Texas 38, Oklahoma State 17.
Stillwater is a formidable road test for UT, but nothing can stop the Longhorns right now, and Oklahoma State doesn’t seem to be the offensive juggernaut it’s been in recent years. I think the Longhorn defense holds them pretty well in check.
Kick off for Texas-Oklahoma State is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Saturday Oct. 27 on KVUE.