No. 22 Oklahoma State Cowboys at Baylor Bears Betting Preview

Saturday, December 12, 2020, McLane Stadium, Waco, Texas, 7 p.m. ET

Cowboys at Bears Betting Preview: Cowboys  (-4.5), Bears (+4.5)

Cowboys

After a 4-0 start that included wins over Iowa State and West Virginia, Oklahoma State rose to No. 6 in the national rankings and looked like the Big 12’s best bet to make the College Football Playoff.

The No. 22 Cowboys (6-3, 5-3 Big 12) have dropped three of their last five games, however, and can finish no higher than third in the conference after last week’s 29-22 loss at TCU.

A frustrated Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy made it clear during the league’s coaches teleconference this week that a third-place finish wasn’t high on his list of priorities.

“I’m not disappointed with anybody in this organization,” Gundy said. “I’m disappointed that — every year our goal is to win a Big 12 Championship. If you win a Big 12 Championship, you win first place. If you get second or 10th, you get the last place. There are no second-place medals.”

Oklahoma State lost at TCU despite jumping out to a 13-0 lead and forcing a season-high five turnovers by the Horned Frogs.

Playing without injured All-America running back Chuba Hubbard, the Cowboys managed to score off only one of the turnovers, a 40-yard fumble return by defensive end Brock Martin, and the Horned Frogs and quarterback Max Duggan took advantage of an injury-plagued OSU secondary to rally and pull out the victory.

“It’s a pretty rare game when you score on defense and you get that many turnovers to not be able to find a way to win, but we just couldn’t muster up much offensively,” Gundy said. “We couldn’t get much stability. We did hit on a couple of big plays, but we just couldn’t muster up enough with where we’re at right now to keep rolling.”

Bears

Baylor (2-6, 2-6 Big 12) is coming off a 27-14 loss at Oklahoma, holding the Sooners to just 269 total yards including 76 yards on 31rushes.

Quarterback Charlie Brewer completed 30 of 56 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for another touchdown in the loss to the Sooners. He ranks second in rushing for the season for the Bears with 170 yards.

Since COVID-19 prevented Baylor from playing a nonconference game with Houston, the Bears could still schedule another contest for Dec. 19. But coach Dave Aranda told the Waco Tribune his team is zeroed in on Baylor’s final Big 12 contest of the season.

“We’re not looking that way right now,” Aranda said. “All eyes are on this Saturday and the game versus Oklahoma State. All of our focus is really on that.”

The Bears also are looking at the possibility of a fifth different starter at running back as injuries begin to mount up at the position. Redshirt freshman Jonah White could get the nod against the Cowboys. Had three carries for 18 yards and had nine receptions for another 63 yards against Oklahoma.

“I’m a big fan of his,” Aranda said of White. “In practice, there was a pass out of the backfield where he stuck his foot in the ground, made a guy miss and lowered his shoulder. Really, from the foot in the ground to the acceleration, it was like, ‘Who is that?’ . But, it’s cool when you have your moment and you take advantage of it.”

The Bears have rushed for an average of just 92.9 yards a game this season, but did rush for 207 yards against Kansas in the opener and 203 yards against Texas Tech.

Cowboys at Bears Betting Pick for December 12, 2020

The Cowboys hold a slim 20-18 series lead overall but the Bears are 10-6 in games played in Waco. Baylor won last year’s meeting 45-27 despite Hubbard’s 171-yard rushing performance. Charlie Brewer was 13 of 17 passing for 312 yards and a touchdown for Baylor in that game.

Cowboys at Bears Betting Pick:

Cowboys 24, Bears 14

Cowboys at Bears Best Bet for December 12, 2020

Baylor is coming off a pretty solid defensive effort in a 27-14 loss to Oklahoma, holding the Sooners to a season-low 269 yards of total offense. The Bears’ season scoring high came in a 47-14 win over Kansas in their season opener. After scoring 50 in a win over Texas Tech on Nov. 28, the Cowboys lost to TCU 29-22 last week.

Cowboys at Bears Best Bet: UNDER 49.5

Texas Tech Red Raiders at No. 23 Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Preview

Saturday, November 28, 2020, Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma, noon ET

Red Raiders at Cowboys Betting Preview: Red Raiders (+11), Cowboys (-11)

Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Preview

The Red Raiders (3-5, 2-5 Big 12) may have found a spark on offense from a familiar face, and that bodes well this week.

Junior quarterback Alan Bowman came off the bench against Baylor to engineer three late scoring drives and finished with 181 passing yards on 14-of-23 accuracy in Tech’s 24-23 over the Bears last week.

In 2018, in a 41-17 Texas Tech victory in Stillwater, Bowman turned in a strong road start by hitting 35 of 46 for 397 yards and two touchdowns. The challenge figures to be different this time around against a Cowboys’ defense that ranks second in the Big 12 in passing yards allowed (188.1) and per attempt (6.5).

Bowman’s re-emergence last week came after he lost the starting job to graduate transfer Henry Colombi after a dismal performance by both the quarterback and the offense in a 31-15 loss at Iowa State on Oct. 10.

Texas Tech coach Matt Wells pegged Bowman as the starter this week but said Colombi will likely continue to get snaps.

“I think we saw enough to continue to do it,” Wells said of the two-quarterback plan. “Just like I said last week, we’ll play both quarterbacks. As of today, Alan will start the first series, but we need to bring out the best in both of them.”

The Red Raiders are seeking a third straight win over Oklahoma State for the first time since 2000-2002. Tech’s victory in 2018 broke a string of nine wins in a row in the series for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Preview

The No. 23 Cowboys (5-2, 4-2) unraveled in the second half of a 41-13 loss to hard-charging Oklahoma last week. While that setback didn’t squash their conference championship hopes, it dashed any chance of staying in the conversation for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

“We’ve got to get rid of that and we got to look ourselves in the mirror and make corrections and see where we made mistakes, see where we got outcoached,” Cowboys’ coach Mike Gundy said. “When things happened that weren’t good, we got frazzled and we didn’t settle in and let something else to happen.”

The biggest issue that plagued Oklahoma State was an anemic rushing attack. The Cowboys ran for 78 yards on 28 carries after coming in averaging 190.2 a contest.

Star running back Chuba Hubbard ranks third in the league with 89.3 yards a game, but he has been banged up and it has taken a toll on the OSU attack.

“We can’t rush the football when we want to rush the football, and as I’ve said for six weeks, that’s a serious problem that we have to fix,” Gundy said.

Spencer Sanders has missed three games to injury but has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for an average of 172.6 yards a game. He has five touchdowns against four interceptions. Tylan Wallace has a team-high 39 receptions for 656 yards and four touchdowns.

Red Raiders at Cowboys Betting Prediction

The Red Raiders have won the last two games in the series, 45-35 last year and 40-17 the year before that, but the Cowboys had won the previous nine. The Raiders lead the all-time series 23-21-3, but the Cowboys lead in Stillwater 13-9-1.

Red Raiders at Cowboys Betting Pick:

Cowboys 35, Red Raiders 28

Red Raiders at Cowboys Best Bet

The Red Raiders scored 56 points in an overtime loss to Texas but have averaged only 31.7 points a game in the six outings since then with a high of 34 in a win over West Virginia.

The Cowboys also lost in overtime to Texas and posted their season-high in a 47-7 win over woeful Kansas back on October 3. The winner has scored at least 41 points in each of the last nine meetings, with a combined 75 points scored in eight of the nine games.

Red Raiders at Cowboys Best Bet: OVER 55.5

–Field Level Media