College Football Betting - Oklahoma State Cowboys at Troy Trojans 8:00 PM EST
The Cowboys are currently -10.5 favorites with a total of 62 at sportsbook.com.
Troy has certainly been challenged in the early going of the 2007 season playing Arkansas and Florida, both on the road and now following up those two with thier home opener versus high-powered Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys bounced back from their setback at Georgia with an easy 42-6 rout of Florida Atlantic. The well-balanced offensive attack produced 233 yards on the ground and 255 through the air in that one.
With this the first meeting between these two schools, OSU boasts a 5-0 SU & 4-1 ATS record vs. Sun Belt foes under Mike Gundy. Troy is on a 2-6 ATS run at home.
A case could be made Larry Blakeney really likes to play difficult competition in non-conference games before starting the Sun Belt season.
After playing at Arkansas and at Florida, Troy opens at home against another tough foe in Oklahoma State. Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium is a challenging outpost to play as 19th ranked Missouri found out in 2004, losing 24-14. The Trojans are 28-5 at home the last seven years.
Oklahoma State rebounded nicely against another Sun Belt club, Florida Atlantic, after loss at Georgia. It is HDTV clear, quarterback Bobby Reid is at his best when he is on the move, either rolling out to pass or utilizing his legs to make plays.
This gives the Cowboys more options to find wide receiver Adarius Bowman in better passing lanes and opens up the run for lighting quick Dantrell Savage.
Oklahoma State could be in a nice spot against a worn down opponent and is 7-2 ATS as away favorite.
Troy will be fired up at home to face another BCS conference team and won't be intimidated.
Oklahoma State has to guard against taking Troy to lightly with Big 12 opener next week and poor 3-9 (4-8 ATS) road record under coach Mike Gundy.
Prediction - Oklahoma State by 8
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