It’s here! We finally made it to game week!!! The Oklahoma State Cowboys will kickoff their 2017 campaign against Tulsa on Thursday night.
Tulsa at #10 Oklahoma State
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium
Kickoff: 6:30 P.M.
Expectations are as high as ever in Stillwater with Mason Rudolph leading the charge of what is sure to be one of the most high-powered offenses in the nation. It’s a bit different in T-Town though as Philip Montgomery is looking to build on last season’s 10-3 record but will have to do so with a retooled offense.
Montgomery certainly knows a thing or two about offense though. In 2016 The Golden Hurricane made FBS history as the first team to have a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and two 1,000-yard rushers. Of that crew, only running back D’Angelo Brewer is returning in 2017 but he’ll have the advantage of running behind a line that will feature all-conference center Chandler Miller and a total of four of five returning starters from a line that paved the way to a school-record eight games with at least 300 rushing yards.
Defensively Tulsa is replacing several key figures from 2017 as well. Gone are top tacklers Trent Martin and Matt Linscott. The Golden Hurricane should still be strong off the edge though with Jesse Brubaker and Jeremy Smith both returning. Brubaker led Tulsa with 13.5 tackles for a loss and two pick-sixes in 2016.
Tulsa gave up a lion’s share of big plays in the defensive secondary last season and that could be a significant issue again in 2017. A total of six new defensive backs are on campus this fall in an effort to shore up the vertical defense but Oklahoma State is going to challenge them right out of the gate.
This game is going to pit a power rushing attack from Tulsa against the explosive firepower of Oklahoma State’s spread offense. The Golden Hurricane could find early success by controlling the clock but the Cowboys will have too much in the arsenal against an unproven secondary.