Kickoff: 6 PM CT
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network
Twitter: Follow @HeartlandPokes for live-tweets during the game
The Oklahoma State Cowboys suffered an upset last week as they dropped a 24-21 defensive battles in Ames to the Iowa State Cyclones. The game ended with a little bit of controversy, but nevertheless, the season goes on, and the goal remains the same: make it to the Big 12 Championship Game.
With just 1 conference loss, the Cowboys’ path to to the Big 12 Championship is as simple as winning out, and despite no real gimmes left on the schedule, today they go head-to-head with the weakest team in the conference, the Kansas Jayhawks.
Kansas is just 1-6 on the season, but they put up a respectable fight against the Oklahoma Sooners last weekend, even leading Oklahoma for much of the game. The Sooners proved to be too much, though, and the Jayhawks fell apart at the end to go down 35-23.
Today’s focus should be simple for the Cowboys: take care of the ball on offense and make the right play on defense. This game should be a good rebound for Oklahoma State, and as long as they play smart and take care of the ball, they should come away with an easy win.
Staff Score Predictions
|Craig||44-14 Oklahoma State|
|Matt||34-19 Oklahoma State|
|Rich||35-3 Oklahoma State|
|Zack||38-13 Oklahoma State|
A Win Today Would…
- Mark 12 straight wins vs. Kansas, setting a school record for consecutive wins against one opponent.
- Give OSU 5 straight wins in games following a loss.
- Give OSU a 6-game winning streak in Boone Pickens Stadium.
- Give OSU wins in 17 of its past 18 matchups with the Jayhawks.
- Give OSU 6 straight home wins over KU and wins in 8 of the past 9 games played in Stillwater.
- Make OSU 7-1 or better for the first time since 2017 and for the seventh time in the Mike Gundy era.
- Make the Cowboys 41-29-2 all-time vs. Kansas and 18-14-1 vs. KU in Stillwater.
- Improve Mike Gundy’s career record vs. Kansas to 13-1.
- Improve Mike Gundy’s record in Big 12 games to 87-56.
- Give OSU wins in nine of its past 10 games and 15 of its past 19 games, dating back to the 2020 season.
Notable Streaks and Trends Entering the Game
- OSU’s defense has allowed fewer than 100 yards of offense in a half in five of its last six games. The Cowboys limited Baylor to 99 yards in the first, Tulsa to 89 yards in the first, Boise State to 64 yards in the second, K- State to 84 yards in the second and Texas to 92 yards in the second.
- OSU has held its opponent scoreless on its game-opening drive in 19 of the past 24 games.
- OSU has held its opponent to less than a 50 percent third down conversion rate in 18 straight games.
- OSU has held its opponent to fewer than 20 first downs in 6 straight games.
- OSU has held 16 of its past 18 Big 12 opponents under their season scoring average.
- Malcolm Rodriguez has recorded at least six tackles in 12 straight games.
- Jaylen Warren has more than 100 yards rushing in four of his past five games.
- OSU has won 75 consecutive games when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points, dating back to Sept. 13, 2003 – the longest active stretch of time in the FBS and longest since at least 1980.
- OSU is 30-11 in its past 41 games decided by fewer than 10 points.
- OSU is 35-6 in its past 41 games when leading at halftime, dating back to Sept. 17, 2016.
- Dating back to 2005, OSU is 41-4 when not committing a turnover.
- Dating back to 2008, OSU is 67-8 when winning the turnover battle.
- OSU has won three of its last four overtime games.
- OSU has forced 18 turnovers in its past 11 games.
- OSU has had a 100-yard rusher in 11 of its past 17 games.