The Oklahoma State football team faces Big 12 newcomer Cincinnati on Saturday in an evening Homecoming game to keep their win streak and Big 12 Championship hopes alive.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have had a roller coaster of a season so far. After two big wins to begin their season, they fell to both South Alabama and Iowa State in consecutive weeks. Since the Iowa State loss and the bye week after that, the Cowboys have won three in a row. Oklahoma State beat both Kansas and Kansas State by one score each, then went to Morgantown and beat West Virginia by two scores.
The Cowboys seem to have found their identity after struggling early in the season. They finally have their starting quarterback in Alan Bowman. After weeks of a three-headed quarterback monster, Bowman was named the starter before the Kansas game, and the Cowboys have found the offense they have desperately missed.
But the biggest story for this team has been the emergence of sophomore running back, Ollie Gordon II. Through seven games so far, Gordon has 816 yards on 116 carries with eight touchdowns. He also has 180 yards and a touchdown through the air as well. Over the past four games alone, 175.8 yards per game. So it looks like Oklahoma State has figured something out.
On the other side of the ball, Cincinnati still doesn’t have a single win in the Big 12 conference. They’re coming off five straight losses, most recently losing to Baylor in the final minutes of the game. On paper, the team looks good, with quarterback Emory Jones completing 61% of his passes with 13 touchdowns on the year.
Cincinnati has the problem of being good enough to keep it a game, but ultimately not finishing the game with the win. Unfortunately, I don’t see them getting their first week this week in their night game in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
So, on that note, onto some bold predictions for the game!