Oklahoma State is going Bowling for the 14th-consecutive season and former conference foe Texas A&M is the opponent. The Cowboys and Aggies will square off at 5:45 p.m. (CT) on December 27th in the Texas Bowl. At stake is a nine-win season for OSU and a win over an opponent from the “mighty” S.E.C..
We do have some concerns though as the Pokes are prepping to head to Houston.
Is Chuba Hubbard Going To Play?
The answer to this question may actually found in the answer to another question. Is Chuba Hubbard going to declare for the NFL Draft? If the answer is yes then you have to consider that Hubbard has a lot more to lose than he does to gain by playing.
Snubbed as a Heisman finalists, Hubbard ran for 1,936 yards, and 21 touchdowns, at a clip of 6.3 yards per carry. In his absence the Cowboys could have a difficult time against an Aggie defense that is holding opponents to less than 130 yards on the ground.
Mike Gundy did state that he not only expects Hubbard to play in the bowl but he also expects him back in Stillwater next season. However, he also admitted to having not talked with the star running back about these matters.
Is Spencer Sanders Going To Be Ready?
Dru Brown was more than adequate in Sanders’ absence against West Virginia and Oklahoma. The Hawaii transfer completed 72.2% of his passes on the season for 626 yards and five touchdowns to just one interception. That said, the OSU offense performed much better with the freshman at the helm.
In games started by Sanders Oklahoma State averaged scoring 36.5 points. In the two games with Brown as the starter the Cowboys averaged 18 points per game. That’s a significant difference.
Can The Cowboys Contain Kellen Mond?
Big 12 defenses experienced revival in 2019 but there aren’t many quarterbacks in the conference like Kellen Mond. A true dual-threat, Mond had a completion rate of 61.3% through the regular season. He’s thrown for 2,802 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season, while also running for another 383 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Oklahoma State will enter the Texas Bowl allowing an average of 267.1 passing yards per game. Now they have to prepare to face a quarterback who can hurt them two different ways.
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