Big 12 Championship Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Big 12 Championship Preview

The Texas Longhorns are coming off a big win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in which they blew out their rival in the final matchup for some time, with the Longhorns moving to the SEC next season. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are coming in off an overtime win over the BYU Cougars.

Texas Longhorns 11-1 (8-1 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys 9-3 (7-2 Big 12)

Date: Saturday, December 2
Time:  12:00 PM EST
TV Channel: ABC
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Line: Longhorns -15.5 / O/U: 54.5

2023 Season Stats


2023 Record — 11-1 (8-1 in Big 12)
2023 Offense P/G (Big 12 Rank) 
Total Yards: 460.4 (4)
Passing Yards: 272.1 (3)
Rushing Yards: 188.3 (6)
2023 Defense P/G (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 325.1 (1)
Passing Yards Allowed: 240.1 (10)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 85.0 (1)
2023 Point Per Game: 35.1 (3)
2023 Points Allowed Per Game: 17.3 (1)
2023 CFP Ranking: 7

Oklahoma State:

2023 Record — 9-3 (7-2 in Big 12)
2023 Offense P/G (Big 12 Rank) 
Total Yards: 432.8 (8)
Passing Yards: 265.4 (4)
Rushing Yards: 167.4 (8)
2023 Defense P/G (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 423.2 (13)
Passing Yards Allowed: 251.2 (12)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 172.0 (10)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 30.2 (8)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 27.3 (8)
2023 CFP Ranking: 18

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Texas Leads 26-11-0
Current streak: Oklahoma State has won two straight
Last Texas win: 2020 (41-34)
Last Oklahoma State win: 2022 (41-34)

2023 Top Players

Texas Longhorns

Passing: Quinn Ewers – 213-305, 2709 yards, 17-5 (TD-INT)
Rushing: CJ Baxter – 116 ATT, 552 YDS, 3 TD
Receiving: Xavier Worthy – 67 REC, 883 YDS, 5 TD
Tackles: Jaylan Ford – 88 (39-49)
Sacks: Ethan Burke – 5.5
Interceptions: Michael Taaffe & Jerrin Thompson & Terrance Brooks – 3

Oklahoma State

Passing: Alan Bowman – 248-414, 2808 YDS, 10-11 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Ollie Gordon II – 245 ATT, 1580 YDS, 20 TD
Receiving: Brennan Presley – 76 REC, 746 YDS, 5 TD
Tackles: Nickolas Martin – 120 (69-51)
Sacks: Nickolas Martin & Collin Oliver – 6
Interceptions: Cameron Epps – 3

Texas Players To Watch:

Offense: Quarterback – Quinn Ewers – Sophomore

Ewers is going up against the 12th-ranked passing attack in the Big 12, so he should feast on the passing attack. He ranks 38th in the country in passing yards and eighth in the nation in completion percentage; look for Ewers to have a big day for the Longhorns, as he seems to march them down the field on every offensive possession.

Defense: Linebacker – Jaylan Ford – Senior

Ford is the leading tackler for the Longhorns with 88, and in the Championship game, he has to focus on Ollie Gordon II, who has 1,580 yards this season and 20 touchdowns; he has the most rushing yards in the country and is second in touchdowns. He must keep Gordon in check for the Longhorns to come out on top.

Bottom Line: Texas Looking to win Big 12

The Longhorns are back in the Big 12 title game for the first time since 2018 and are looking to claim their first Big 12 title since 2009. Since 2000, the two times the Longhorns have won the Big 12, they played in the National Championship; they could do that this season but will need some help to get there, with the most significant question hanging over them being the ACC Championship game. Texas needs to take care of business against Oklahoma State, and hopefully, everything else will fall into place for them to make the College Football Playoff for the first time.


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