College Football Previews: Oklahoma State An Asserted Favorite Over Louisiana-LaFayette
October 8th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The Oklahoma State Cowboys got a big win last week at home on national television last Thursday night over the Texas A&M Aggies thanks to fourth quarter heroics.  Now, they get a similar spotlight this week on Friday night, though with the competition not expected to be a stiff, traveling to face Louisiana-LaFayette.

After trailing by two touchdowns in the first half of play last week, the Cowboys mounted a comeback behind a 21-point third quarter, only to give it back in the fourth quarter before the Cowboy defense came up big with interceptions.

“We did ESPN some justice on the ratings,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said. “It was quite a game.”

Receiver Justin Blackmon hauled in 10 receptions for 127 yards and and now has 10 touchdowns on the year, which equals DeMarco Murray of Oklahoma for most in the country.

We just stayed confident and stayed positive, and we knew that if we execute our plays, we can come back from 14 points behind,” Blackmon said of the game against the Aggies.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden has shown development in Progress in leading the No.22 Cowboys to an undefeated record so far in the college football season.  After starting poorly in the first half against Texas A&M, Weeden played a solid second half, spearheading the Cowboy comeback.

“This game is not going to be perfect all the time,” remarked Weeden. “You can’t run perfect plays every time. You’re not going to make good decisions every time. You’ve just got to live with it, put it behind you and move on to the next play.”

Running back Kendall Hunter has also shined for Oklahoma State, as he averages 143.5 yards per game to go along with eight touchdowns on the year.  The Cowboys offense ranks third in output, gaining 535 yards per game.  It didn’t look that way in the first half against the Aggies, but Gundy was proud of the resolve his team showed.

“When we got down 14, I was a little disappointed because I thought that we we’re showing signs of being weak,” Gundy stated. “We had some guys that were limping and guys that had their head down. We made a big point of that on the sideline.

“We made a big point of that in the locker room at halftime because no matter what happens in a game, we’re not going to show signs of being fatigued or weak. So they picked it up after that.”

In their opponent on Friday, the Cowboys get the Ragin Cajun’s from the Sun Belt conference, for which Oklahoma State has a 22-2 record against.  These two teams faced each other back in 2003, with the Cowboys winning 56-3.  Louisiana-Lafayette played a ranked Georgia team in week one of the season, losing 55-7.

In a win over North Texas last week, the Ragin’ Cajuns blocked an extra point for a one-point victory 28-27.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Lines have set Oklahoma State as a 24-point favorite in this match up, with the over/under sitting at 62 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

Louisiana-LaFayette is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 match ups with the Big 12 conference.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Under is 11-2 in Oklahoma State’s last 13 road games.

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