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Texas Opens as 11.5-Point Favorite Over Oklahoma State in Big 12 Championship

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Texas

The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys are set to meet in the Big 12 Championship next Saturday, December 2nd.

And it will be the Longhorns who go into the match up as heavy favorites over the Cowboys. Texas is favored by 11.5 points as Championship Week gets underway in college football.

Both the Longhorns and Cowboys just had to win their games in Week 13 to advance to Arlington. And the two teams did that in very different fashions.

 

Texas blasted Texas Tech 57-7, and the drama was more around how Texas used Brett Yormark‘s offseason comments to motivate themselves going into this match up. Meantime, Oklahoma State beat BYU, but it wasn’t without drama. From being down 24-6, to scoring 21 unanswered in the second half, but then missing an extra point and heading to overtime after a BYU field goal, it was insanity. But Mike Gundy and the Pokes got the win in double overtime and are heading to Arlington for the second time in three seasons for a chance to win a Big 12 Championship.

The Longhorns are a one-loss team still in contention for a College Football Playoff appearance. And while they deserve to be heavy favorites in this game, Mike Gundy has had Texas’ number, especially in recent years.

Gundy has beaten four different Texas coaches, from Mack Brown (2013), Charlie Strong (2015), Tom Herman (2017), and Steve Sarkisian (2021) in the confines of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. He’s beaten Texas in six of their last eight meetings, including a career record of 6-3 in Austin.

 

While this game will be played at a neutral site, if there is a coach who knows how to beat Texas in a tough environment, it’s Mike Gundy.

The 2023 Big 12 Football Championship will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, December 2 with an 11 a.m. CT kickoff on ABC.

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