OSU football: Player to watch, prediction and pick for Oklahoma State-Baylor
It feels like more than two weeks since Oklahoma State last played a football game, but that ends Saturday as the Cowboys host Baylor.
Player to watch, prediction and pick …
Player to watch
Going to go on a limb here given the numbers in the first five games.
Chris Lacy has fallen under the radar. Perhaps it is because of the shoulder injury that kept him out of the TCU game. But it’s also an issue of targets: James Washington, Marcell Ateman and Jalen McCleskey have been targeted on 51 of Mason Rudolph’s 79 throws in Big 12 play.
In his return against Texas Tech, Lacy had one catch on three targets for 7 yards.
With the bye week to further recalibrate, perhaps this is the time we see the Lacy we expected to see in the preseason. The 6-foot-3 senior has potential. He showed it in a four-week stretch against West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU last season in which he caught 14 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. He’s someone who should be in an NFL camp next summer.
With only six catches on the season, let’s say Lacy has his best game of 2017 Saturday.
TCU game aside, Mason Rudolph has been dominant at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Before his two-touchdown, two-interception performance three weeks ago, Rudolph had thrown 37 career touchdowns at BPS to only four interceptions. Last season, his ratio was 18:1.
Rudolph threw a pick-six against Texas Tech, his third consecutive game with an interception. That hadn’t happened since early in his sophomore season.
With a lean defense opposing him in Baylor, perhaps it isn’t too outlandish. But for just the second time in six games this season, I’ll say Rudolph plays a turnover-free 60 minutes on Saturday.
Iowa State’s win over Oklahoma has everyone on upset alert. Baylor’s performances against OU and Kansas State have created some belief the Bears will be a difficult opponent.
But Oklahoma State has one thing working in its favor: Revenge. Rudolph is 0-3 against Baylor. It’s the only Big 12 team he has not defeated. Aside from Marcell Ateman, no Cowboy played the last time OSU defeated the Bears in 2013.
Plus, at some point, Oklahoma State has to clean up its mistakes and showcase the potential we saw in nonconference play. That day might be Saturday.
Cowboys 52, Bears 24
Other picks around the Big 12:
TCU 33, Kansas State (+6.5) 31
Texas Tech (+3.5) 48, West Virginia 44
Iowa State (-22.5) 45, Kansas 17
Oklahoma 42, Texas (+9) 35