Kickoff: 7 PM CST
Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, AL)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network, KXXY 96.1 FM (OKC area)
The Cowboys arrived in Alabama yesterday as they prepare to take on the Jaguars of South Alabama tonight. The Jaguars are in only the ninth season of their football program, and they started off their year with a 27-47 loss to Ole Miss last Saturday in Oxford. Oklahoma State was able to prepare for an extra couple of days after opening their season last Thursday with a 59-24 win over Tulsa. The Cowboys are the clear favorite in this game, but night road games against non-conference opponents can get interesting.
Player to Watch
Oklahoma State newcomer sophomore wide receiver Tyron Johnson only caught one pass last week against the Golden Hurricane, but it was a 44-yard touchdown catch which came after dealing with some pretty obvious defensive pass interference.
Johnson is from New Orleans, which is just two hours away from Mobile, so he will have plenty of family in attendance. I would like to see Johnson get some more looks in tonight’s game as I expect he will want to put on a show for everyone who is coming to watch him.
Key to Tonight’s Game
South Alabama is not exactly a stiff contender when it comes to comparing athletic ability to most Division I schools, but Oklahoma State cannot afford to waltz in on a Friday night on someone else’s field expecting to win with ease. The Cowboys are at the forefront of some national conversations, and many sports fans will be tuning in tonight to kickoff their weekend watching of college football.
The key to winning tonight’s game for the Cowboys is as simple as taking care of business. Mason Rudolph needs to continue to throw crisp passes and include as many receivers as he possibly can while Justice Hill and the freshman backups hold down the run game. Defensively, the line needs to step up to the challenge and look to improve on last week’s game where Tulsa’s offensive front gave them trouble at times.
Oklahoma State doesn’t need to do anything fancy tonight to head home with a win. The competition level increases next week as the Cowboys head to Pittsburgh where they will play the Panthers, but they cannot afford to look ahead and pass over this game. If the Cowboys do what they are capable of doing, they should have no problem beating the Jaguars by a lot.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 52 – South Alabama 24