Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Football Picks: Arizona Wildcats vs Oklahoma State Cowboys Free NFL Picks

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs Arizona Wildcats Football Picks: The Arizona Wildcats, out of the PAC-12 travel to Boone Pickens Stadium this Thursday night to tangle with the Big 12’s Oklahoma State Cowboys in this non-conference matchup. Kick-off is slated for 8 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Arizona used a 27-0 run in the second half to pull away from the pesky Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 41-10 in the season opener for both teams. The Wildcats covered as 27-point home favorites and the total went well over the 47.5-point line.

Nick Foles looked extremely sharp for Arizona against a porous Lumberjack secondary with 412 passing yards and five touchdowns. He completed 34-of 42 attempts to eight different players and threw a scoring strike to five different Wildcats.  Wide receiver Juron Criner led all receivers with six catches for 151 yards and one score.

Oklahoma State had a fairly easy time of it in its home opener last Saturday as well. The Cowboys rolled over Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34, but failed to cover as a 38-point home favorite. They almost took the game ‘over’ the 62-point line on their own in a game that was never close. Oklahoma State opened-up a 24-point lead at the half and coasted from there.

Brandon Weedon had the hot hand for the Cowboys; completing 24-of-39 attempts for 388 yards, but looked sloppy at times with three interceptions. Wide receivers Justin Blackmon and Tracy Moore combined for 15 receptions for 256 yards and one TD, while running back Joseph Randle added 129 yards on the ground on 22 carries. He also found the end zone twice on two four-yard runs.

These two teams are familiar with one another after meeting in last December’s Valero Alamo Bowl. The Cowboys routed Arizona 36-10 as a 4.5-point favorite with the total staying well ‘under’ the 68.5-point line. Weedon threw for 240 yards and Blackmon had a huge game with nine receptions for 117 yards and two scores. This duo appears primed to have another big night come Thursday against a Wildcat secondary that looked a bit suspect in its opener.

Arizona is 3-8 against the spread in its last 11 games overall and the total has gone ‘over’ in six of its last eight games.

Oklahoma State is 7-2 SU in its last nine games at home and the total has gone ‘over’ in eight of these nine games.

The Cowboys win this one comfortably but some junk points down the stretch allow the Wildcats to cover the 14.5-point spread.

The Pick: Oklahoma State 48

Arizona 35

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