Tulsa Golden Hurricane (0-0) vs. #10 Oklahoma State Cowboys (0-0)
NCAAF: Thursday August 31, 2017 at 7:30pm EST
Line: Oklahoma State -17
The tenth ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys will host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane as the state rivals kick off their 2017 season Thursday night from Boone Pickens Stadium. The Golden Hurricane posted a 10-3 record last season and went 6-2 in AAC play, while the Cowboys also went 10-3 and won seven of their nine games in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State defeated Tulsa 59-33 in the previous meeting back in the 2011 season.
Tulsa Yet to Name New Starting QB
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane dive into the 2017 season with some big holes to fill from last season’s powerhouse offense that led them to a win over Central Michigan in last year’s Miami Beach bowl. Last season the Golden Hurricanes featured one of the top offensive units in the Nation, however, quarterback Dane Evans along with two of their top receivers have moved on. Tulsa has yet to name a starting quarterback as Luke Skipper and Chad President are in a head-to-head battle for the starting role. Both will likely receive playing time to start the season before a full-time starter in announced. The strength of the offense will definitely go to their running game led by D’Angelo Brewer. The 5-foot-9 senior running back had a tremendous 2016 season, accumulating 1425 rushing yards with seven touchdowns.
The Tulsa defense also has to replace several key components on both the defensive line and linebacker. Senior defensive end Jesse Brubaker will be counted on after making two interceptions and 5.5 sacks last year. The Golden Hurricane won’t be as strong as last year’s ten win team, however, they will be competitive in the AAC, and if their young quarterbacks can make an impact, they could appear in another bowl game.
Last season Tulsa scored an average of 45.7 points per game, ranking them seventh in the Country. The Golden Hurricane defense allowed an average of 29.8 points per game last season, placing them 77th overall.
Rudolph Leads Powerhouse Offense Poised for Big Year
The tenth ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys head into the season with sky high expectations after a stellar 2016 campaign that saw them crush Colorado 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl. Mason Rudolph is back and will lead the Cowboys offense that ranked ninth in the Country in passing yards per game in 2016. Rudolph was fantastic last season, collecting 4091 passing yards with a 28:4 TD to INT ratio. Star wide receiver James Washington returns to the fold as the one the most lethal receivers in the Big 12. The 6-foot senior racked up 1380 receiving yards along with ten touchdowns last season. The Cowboys also feature a dangerous running game behind Justice Hill after being named the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year for 2016. The sophomore running back rushed for 1142 yards last season.
The Oklahoma State defense is not quite as deep as their offense, however, they still feature some strong pieces. The Cowboys defensive line will be strong, although their pass defense did have some issues last season and that will again be the Achilles heel of the defense. Overall, the Cowboys are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12 along with their arch rivals the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Cowboys averaged 38.6 points per game last year, good for 17th in the Nation. The Oklahoma State defense conceded an average of 26.5 points per game, placing them 53rd overall.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are:
- 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games against the Big 12.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are:
- home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings between Tulsa and Oklahoma.
I am taking Oklahoma State in this contest. The Cowboys are an offensive powerhouse that should really pour on the points against Tulsa’s shaky defense. Oklahoma State features one of the top passing games in the Country, and the Golden Hurricane brought in a lot of new faces on defense, plus their pass defense is definitely not a strong suit. In addition, Tulsa has a big question mark at quarterback and they also lost their top receivers, so I can’t them hanging around in this contest.
Pick: Oklahoma State -17
The Cowboys should light up the scoreboard, however I do not see Tulsa moving the ball well in this matchup. Tulsa is going with either Like Skipper or Chad President at quarterback and both are inexperienced, so I am not worried about the Cowboys pass defense, and the under is 4-1 in the Cowboys last five games in August. This total is to high considering the holes in the Tulsa offense.