Oklahoma State Cowboys | Opponent Preview: South Alabama Jaguars

The Cowboys got off to a hot start in their season opener Thursday night knocking off the visiting Missouri State Bears 58-17. This week, they host the South Alabama Jaguars in Stillwater on Saturday at 7 PM CT.

OSU-SA Preview

The Basics

South Alabama lost a nail-biter in their season opener at home yesterday to Louisiana Tech 30-26 to start the year off 0-1. The Jaguars went 4-8 a season ago, and they’re not expected to do any better this season.

Oklahoma State traveled to Mobile, Alabama, last season where the two teams faced off for the first time in history. The Cowboys picked up an easy 44-7 win over the Jaguars as quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for over 300 yards, passed for three touchdowns, and rushed for another one.

This year’s matchup between the two teams should have a similar outcome.

The Defense

The Jaguars ranked 84th in total defense a season ago allowing 417.8 yards per game. They were 113th in passing defense, allowing 265.9 yards through the air, but they were 46th in rushing defense as they held teams to 151.8 yards per game on the ground.

Last week against Louisiana Tech, they allowed 440 yards of total offense (209 passing, 231 rushing), but they did pull in three interceptions.

All in all, this should be another good opportunity for Taylor Cornelius to get in plenty of reps against a lesser opponent ahead of the Boise State game next week.

The Offense

It doesn’t get much worse on the offensive side of the ball than South Alabama. Last season the Jaguars finished 111th in the NCAA with 334.3 yards per game. They managed a mediocre 237.1 passing yards per game (60th in NCAA) and a lackluster 97.3 rushing yards per game (125th in NCAA).

Against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, the Jaguars rushed for a solid 217 yards, but they passed for just 91 yards on 11/23. This type of output favors the Cowboys as their strength is on the front line, whereas their weakness is in the secondary.

The Challenge

While South Alabama is likely just as easy of a win for the Cowboys as Missouri State was, Oklahoma State has to stay focused. It could be easy to start looking ahead to Boise State coming to Stillwater on September 15th.

As long as Oklahoma State can successfully do the little things, taking care of business should on Saturday should be no issue.

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