ESPN2 has the television coverage for this Cougars vs. Cowboys matchup. Kickoff takes place at 4:00 on Saturday, November 18th. This week 12 CFB showdown is being played at TDECU Stadium in Houston TX. The Cowboys head into the game as the 7 point favorite to pick up the win. I handicapped this game for you, keep reading to get my analysis of this matchup.


The Pick: Houston Cougars +7

This game will be played at TDECU Stadium at 4:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 33-26 in favor of Oklahoma State.
  • Even though we have Oklahoma State winning straight-up, we like Houston at +7.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 59.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 59 points.

Can the Cowboys Offense Score Enough in Houston?

This season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are currently 7-3. So far this season, they have played four road games and five at home.

Oklahoma State’s average scoring differential for the season is +1.5 leading to an ATS mark of 6-3. The Cowboys have been favored four times and the underdog in five games

So far in this season, Oklahoma State has posted an over/under record of 4-5. On average, their matchups have yielded a combined score of 54.3 points, with the typical over/under line set at 52.6 points.

Oklahoma State’s rushing attack is ranked 74th in college football with 317 rushing attempts per game. This has translated into an average of 170 rushing yards per game, placing them 55th nationally. On average, they are attempting 39.2 passes per game leading to 251.6 passing yards per contest. In terms of scoring, they hold the 55th position, averaging 27.9 points per game.

Defensively, the Cowboys defense has come up with 22 sacks this season and are 1st in quarterback hurries. Overall, they are allowing 26.4 points per contest (97th). Against the pass, they are 144th in the NCAA, having allowed 255.4 passing yards allowed per game. Oklahoma State is giving up 182.7 rushing yards per contest.

Can the Cougars Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

So far, the Houston Cougars are 4-6, including going 0-2 on the road and 2-3 at home.

So far, Houston has been favored one time and the underdog in six games. This has led to an ATS record of 3-4 and an average scoring differential of -6.7.

Houston has put together an over/under record of 2-5 throughout this season. The average combined score in their games has been 54.9 points, and the standard over/under line has stood at 56.5 points.

Houston’s offense has put up an average of 24.1 points per game, placing them 73rd in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they’ve gained 247 passing yards on average, ranking 52nd in the nation. On the ground, they’re holding the 101st position in rushing yards, with 300 rushing attempts per game this season.

Coming into this week’s game, the Houston defense is 124th in points allowed at 30.8 points per game. So far, team’s have averaged 246.3 passing yards per game vs. the unit (134th). On the ground, they are giving up 165.2 rushing yards, putting them 116th in college football.