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OSU football: Cowboys prepare for top-25 matchup against Broncos

OSU football: Cowboys prepare for top-25 matchup against Broncos

Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage (1) watches as fellow linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder (3) brings down South Alabama wide receiver Kawaan Baker (15) during an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

STILLWATER – Mike Gundy is in his 14th season coaching the Oklahoma State football team. Saturday will be the second time during his tenure a nonconference home game of this stature will occur at Boone Pickens Stadium.

When No. 17 Boise State comes to Stillwater for a matchup against No. 24 OSU at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, it’s going to be a proving ground for both teams looking to catapult themselves into the conversation of college football’s top teams this season.

“Hopefully we can play the very best that we can and we’re going to need to play at a high level in order for us to give ourselves a chance to win.” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “This will be a good matchup and should be a lot of fun.”

The Cowboys (2-0) and Broncos boast two of the nation’s top offenses. OSU is leading the nation in total offense per game while Boise State is fourth in the category. Last week, the Broncos set a school record with 818 yards of total offense in its victory against UConn.

New defensive coordinator Jim Knowles has been successful during his first two games donning the orange and black. OSU is the only team in the country to be in the top 10 of both total offense and defense. The Cowboys come in ninth with 237 yards allowed through its first two games.

The Broncos (2-0) have never met OSU before, though it does have some good memories against a team in the Sooner State. Yet both OSU and Boise State have multiple things to prove when they meet Saturday.

Neither team has been tested during their first two games, which makes the matchup more intriguing.

“I’m impressed,” wide receiver Tyron Johnson said. “I like watching them, and you know me, I like good corners. I like a challenge, and this will be a challenge against good corners.”

Matchup to watch: Broncos’ QB Brett Rypien vs OSU secondary

Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien has 38 starts under his belt, which is a huge advantage compared to OSU’s Taylor Cornelius, who has started only two games. Rypien won Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after the team’s victory against UConn, and his numbers this season have been stellar.

Rypien has thrown for 667 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions thus far, and his 333.5 yards passing per game ranks 11th in the FBS.

OSU’s secondary has faced a Heisman winner recently, but the new 4-2-5 scheme has been untested.

That is until Saturday.

Details to know

What: No. 17 Boise State at No. 24 Oklahoma State

Where: Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Oklahoma)

When: 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday

TV: ESPN (Adam Amin, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich)

Radio: 96.1 KXY, Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)

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