For the fourth time in the last five home games Oklahoma State will be facing a ranked opponent when they host Baylor this Saturday for homecoming. Last season the shoe was on the other foot as the Bears hosted the Cowboys for their homecoming in Waco. Baylor was able to sneak away from that game with a 35-31 win.
Here are ten other things you’ll want to know about Saturday’s matchup.
1. A Close Series…Except In Stillwater
Saturday will mark the 24th consecutive year OSU and Baylor have met on the gridiron. OSU owns a 20-17 all-time series advantage, including a 13-5 advantage in games played in Stillwater. Oklahoma State has won 17 of the past 23 matchups with the Bears, including 12 of the past 13 games in Stillwater. Mike Gundy is 8-6 in his career against Baylor, while Baylor coach Matt Rhule is 1-1 in his career against the Cowboys.
2. Wow…Didn’t See That Coming
Baylor is 6-0 for the 5th time this decade, the fourth-most in FBS behind only Clemson, Alabama and Ohio St. (7 each).
3. When Are They Going To Start Talking About Him?
Chuba Hubbard leads the nation in nearly every statistical rushing category, including rushing yards, rushing yards per game, all-purpose yards, yards after contact (via Pro Football Focus), yards per carry (min. 120) and more. Hubbard’s 182.3 rushing yards per game average is 44.6 yards per game more than the 137.7 yards per game averaged by second-place J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State.
Hubbard’s rushing yards through six games are better than three of the past four running backs to win the Heisman, and his yards per carry total is better than all four.
4. Bringing The Pressure
The Bears had 5+ sacks for the second straight game when they beat Texas Tech 33-30 in double overtime. Baylor ranks eighth nationally with 23.0 on the season.
5. The Reason Why Defenses Can’t Focus On Hubbard
Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace is making a case to repeat as a first team All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist. Wallace is fifth nationally with 703 receiving yards this season and he has more yards, catches and touchdowns now than he did through six games last season.
6. Getting It Done On The Ground
Nine different players have scored a rushing touchdown for Baylor in 2019, and junior running back John Lovett leads the team with 398 total rushing yards. Five different Baylor players have 100 rushing yards or more.
7. Owning Third Down
Defensively, the Cowboys have held their past two opponents to a combined 3-of-26 (11.54%) on third down tries. That ranks No. 1 in the FBS over the past three weeks.
8. Don’t Fall Behind On This Guy
Teams coached by Matt Rhule have won 38 straight games when leading or tied entering the fourth, and are 39-4 overall. All four losses came in his first season as head coach at Temple in 2013.
9. Show Stoppers
Linebackers Amen Ogbongbemiga and Malcolm Rodriguez have been the individual standouts on the Cowboy defense. Both rank among the top five tacklers in the Big 12.
10. Making A Name For Himself
Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders needs 296 passing yards to break the Oklahoma State freshman record for passing yards in a season. He ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 with 13.33 yards per completion and 18th in the FBS with a 293.2 total offense average. He is also No. 6 among FBS quarterbacks with 426 rushing yards, recording two 100-yard rushing games.
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