No matter the sport, some of the most entertaining games to watch are “shootouts” where offense dominates and it becomes a race to see which team can score the most points. If you love offense, then I have the game for you!
This Saturday, the BCS 14th ranked Cowboys of Oklahoma State play host to the BCS third ranked Texas Longhorns in a matchup that features two very explosive offenses. Texas, currently leading the nation in scoring with 41.9 points per game, has scored AT LEAST 34 points in every game of the season except one – the matchup against Oklahoma two weeks ago. On the other side of the field, Oklahoma State has been equally impressive with the sixth best points per game average in the country with 37.
High-powered offense is not the only reason to follow this game, though. This could very well be the last remaining game of the year with National Championship implications for BOTH teams until we get into the Conference Championship games at the end of the season.
Currently, both Texas and Oklahoma State are undefeated in the Big XII Conference, with this game serving as a potential tiebreaker to determine which team will ultimately play in the Big XII Championship game.
For Oklahoma State, a team that has only loss to this point in the season to 18th ranked Houston (a team that also has only one loss on its record), defeating third ranked Texas would launch the Cowboys right back into the national spotlight. It would most likely propel the ‘Boys into the top ten in the BCS rankings and would set the team up for a chance to play in the Big XII Championship game. Although teams like Boise State, TCU – and even Cincinnati or Iowa – are currently undefeated, Oklahoma State certainly warrants consideration for the National Championship if the team goes on to defeat Texas, then Oklahoma, and ultimately win the Big XII Conference.
Texas, on the other hand, controls its own destiny right now. Ranked third in the nation, Texas currently follows Alabama and Florida, both of whom are in the SEC in opposing divisions. If both of those teams win out the rest of the season, a meeting in the SEC Championship game is inevitable, clearing the way for Texas to take that final step up into one of the top two spots in the BCS. Oklahoma State presents Texas with its final “legitimate” hurdle of the season. With Central Florida, Baylor, Kansas, and Texas A&M remaining on Texas’ schedule, the team should be able to coast into the Big XII Championship with a victory over Oklahoma State.
The only missing element from this game is the presence of standout Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, who was at one time considered a Heisman Trophy hopeful. Although the Cowboys have not missed a beat to this point offensively since losing Bryant to a season-ending suspension, his absence will certainly be felt in Stillwater this weekend. Even without Bryant, though, this should be a very entertaining matchup between two potent offenses.
Look for high-scoring, fast-paced, action-packed excitement from start to finish in this shootout at the O-K (State) Corral!