The final bye week of the season is over for the Cowboys and they return to action Saturday morning against a suddenly salty Kansas team. The big story here is that OSU will be welcoming Les Miles back to Boone Pickens Stadium for the first time since he bolted for the LSU job. However, here are ten other things that you’re going to want to know as well.
10. Back In The Rankings!
Oklahoma State is back in the rankings this week after being voted No. 25 in the AP poll and one spot outside of the top 25 in the coaches poll. Entering 2019, OSU had reached the top 15 of the AP poll at some point in 10 of the past 11 seasons. OSU had also seen a top 10 ranking in the AP poll at some point in eight of the past 11 seasons.
9. Not Really A Good Sign For The Jayhawks
All-time, Kansas holds a 26-172-2 record when playing ranked opponents, and an 0-3 record in 2019.
8. Pack Your Bags For NYC
Chuba Hubbard’s performance this season has given him a case for the Heisman Trophy. He 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. 170) and rushing plays of at least 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 yards. Hubbard’s 178.6 rushing yards per game is 33.1 yards per game more than second-place A.J. Dillon of Boston College. His rushing yards through nine games are better than three of the past four running backs to win the Heisman and his yards per carry is better than all four.
7. The Streak
Saturday marks the 70th meeting between the Jayhawks and the Cowboys, where Oklahoma State holds a 36-30-3 series advantage all-time, including a 16-14-2 mark in Stillwater. Oklahoma State has won each of the last nine games against the Jayhawks, with Kansas’ last win in the series coming on November 10, 2007.
6. Next Man Up
Junior receiver Dillon Stoner stepped into Wallace’s role against TCU and responded with a careerbest two receiving touchdowns and a season-best 93 receiving yards. Stoner had previously started on the inside, but slid to the outside when it was needed. Sophomore receiver Braydon Johnson has also become a consistent threat, as he has four catches this season of 47 yards or longer.
5. Revived Offense
The Jayhawks have gone over 500+ yards on three occasions this season, which hasn’t been done by a Kansas team since 2009, while their 500+ yards against Texas and Texas Tech marked the first 500+ yard offensive performance in back-to-back conference games since 2007. In addition, Kansas’ 569 yards against Texas is the 17th most in program history, while its 567 yards against Boston College on Sept. 13 are the 18th most in program history.
4. The Young Gun
Spencer Sanders has 1,897 passing yards through nine games and already holds the Oklahoma State freshman record for passing yards in a season. Sanders’ average of 276.1 yards of total offense per game ranks No. 1 among Power Five freshmen this year and he ranks No. 3 among Power Five quarterbacks with 588 rushing yards, recording two 100-yard rushing games.
3. In Some Elite Company
Kansas’ sophomore running back Pooka Williams Jr., is 110 rushing yards away from surpassing 2,000 career yards, which would make him the fastest to 2,000 career rushing yards since Gale Sayers (1962-63).
2. Coming At You!
The Cowboys lead the FBS with 18 offensive plays of 50 yards or longer, 12 plays of 60 yards or longer, seven plays of 70 yards or longer, three plays of 80 yards or longer and two plays of 90 yards or longer.
1. Closing His Career On A High Note
Senior quarterback Carter Stanley is having a career year for the Jayhawks, where he has moved into the KU all-time career lists in several passing categories. This season alone, Stanley has thrown for 19 passing touchdowns and 2,015 yards, in which his 19 passing touchdowns rank fourth in KU history, with Jayhawk great Todd Reesing only throwing more touchdowns in a season.
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