Athlon: Oklahoma State receivers vs. Texas secondary will be a battle to watch

The Oklahoma State receiving corps might get one of its better challenges of the season against Texas on Saturday.

Yes, the Longhorns are 3-3 and couldn’t pass their tests against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and USC’s Sam Darnold. Texas should be angry heading into this game, however, after a disappointing loss to the Sooners last weekend.

Oct. 14 went differently for the Cowboys, beating the doors off Baylor 59-16. This week they head down to Austin, Texas, for a noon ET kickoff on ABC against a Longhorns team with a secondary that is one of the most opportunistic in the Big 12.

Athlon Sports is calling Oklahoma State’s set of receivers — James Washington, Jalen McClesky and Marcell Ateman — vs. Texas’ defensive backs — DeShon Elliott, Kris Boyd and Holton Hill— one of the best position battles to watch for this week.

“The Longhorns don’t get much of a break after facing Baker Mayfield, as they have to turn around and host the other half of Bedlam and OSU’s powerful aerial attack,” Athlon Sports’ Bryan Fischer wrote. “The Cowboys have the best receiving corps in the country and will pose quite the challenge for the Texas secondary, which may be better posed to than many to play more bump and run.”

Oklahoma State boasts the best passing offense in the country with quarerback Mason Rudolph lighting up secondaries on a weeklybasis, but Texas could give Rudolph’s receivers a hard time on Saturday if it can create turnovers.

Texas’ pass defense ranks in the bottom half of the Big 12, but they have a talented defensive back in DeShon Elliott, who leads the Big 12 in interceptions and passes defended. As a whole, Texas leads the conference in interceptions, as well as interceptions returned for touchdowns.

While Texas has struggled on defense, Oklahoma State’s receivers won’t be much of a factor if Texas’ secondary can force takeaways against Oklahoma State.

Washington, McClesky and Ateman should be up for the battle.

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