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Stillwater, OK - Oklahoma State came into this season with the highest preseason ranking in team history, thanks to its largely unexpected success in the powerful Big 12 last year.

Any pressure the team felt from shedding its underdog status may have been alleviated by a convincing season-opening victory.

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The fifth-ranked Cowboys look to build on an impressive debut and continue their climb in the polls as they host Houston on Saturday.

Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made Oklahoma State -15 point spread favorites (View College Football odds) for Saturday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 80% of bets for this game have been placed on Oklahoma State -15 (View College Football bet percentages).

Oklahoma State surged onto the national scene last season with a 7-0 start that included an upset of then-No. 3 Missouri. Its only regular-season losses came in conference games against teams ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3.

The team's best season in years ended with a disheartening loss to Oregon in the Holiday Bowl, and the Cowboys know they'll be hard-pressed to duplicate their 2008 success. They got off to a strong start this season, however, winning 24-10 over then-No. 13 Georgia last Saturday.

Zac Robinson threw two touchdown passes to star receiver Dez Bryant and scored on a quarterback sneak as Oklahoma State snapped a four-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

"It's huge. It's a great feeling. Starting off 1-0 against such a great team in Georgia, we knew it was a big game coming in and obviously it feels great to get this win," Robinson said. "It kind of jump starts the season."

Coach Mike Gundy, however, isn't putting too much weight on that single victory.

"I would like to think overall that we're a little bit beyond that," Gundy said. "We've played some really good teams the last couple of years and we've either beaten them or we've stood toe-to-toe with them."

The Cowboys have done so in large part because of an explosive offense - one that was mostly contained by the Bulldogs last week. Offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said he'd give the unit a grade of C-minus for its 307-yard performance, the lowest output for Oklahoma State since a loss to Oklahoma at the end of the 2007 season.

"I thought we did enough to win the game. We made some explosive plays and did some good things, but I don't think anybody in our offensive room was pleased by the way that we played because we knew our potential," Brewer said.

"The bar has been raised where we expect to go out and score points, move the ball and really do what we need to do."

The Cowboys hope to have more success against the Cougars, who boast a prolific offense of their own. Houston, one of five teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision to average more yards from scrimmage than Oklahoma State in 2008, totaled 538 yards in a 55-7 rout of Northwestern State last Saturday.

Case Keenum went 23 of 30 for 359 yards and threw touchdown passes to four receivers, one of them freshman running back Charles Sims, who caught six passes for 128 yards in his debut.

"Our game plan was sound on both sides of the ball," second-year coach Kevin Sumlin said. "Case was accurate as usual. The addition of Charles Sims really helps our offense. He has great ball skills and great ball-catching abilities but he's also a good runner.

"We have a bunch of weapons and we need them because it's a long season."

The Cougars won both their games against ranked opponents last season, ending a 19-game skid against Top 25 teams with a 41-24 win over then-No. 23 East Carolina on Sept. 27 and defeating then-No. 25 Tulsa 70-30 on Nov. 15.

This is the third meeting in four years between Houston and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys won a shootout last September, putting up the second-highest yardage total in school history with 699 in the 56-37 victory.

Robinson connected with Bryant for three touchdowns in that game, while Kendall Hunter rushed for a career-high 210 yards.

Keenum threw for 387 yards and four TDs, but the Cougars were outgained 379-96 on the ground.

The series is tied 9-9-1.                                           

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Posted: 9/8/09 3:16PM ET

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