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OSU football: Looking at home nonconference opponents in Gundy era

OSU football: Looking at home nonconference opponents in Gundy era

Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant dives into the end zone with a touchdown against Georgia during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

STILLWATER – One look at the Oklahoma State football team’s schedule shows there haven’t been many intriguing nonconference games during Mike Gundy’s tenure.

With a plethora of FCS opponents and Group of 5 teams coming to Stillwater, there haven’t been many high-profile opponents coming to OSU during Gundy’s regime. No. 17 Boise State enters Stillwater on Saturday as the second-highest ranked nonconference opponent to play inside Boone Pickens Stadium since Gundy’s arrival in 2005. Only Georgia (No. 13) was ranked higher when it came in 2009, which was the first game in the renovated Boone Pickens Stadium.

No. 24 OSU (2-0) has been successful at home during its nonconference slate, but there haven’t been many games where it has been challenged. Ahead of the Cowboys’ contest against Boise State, OSU has played at home 31 times in nonconference play under Gundy. Just four of those teams have been from Power 5 conferences: No. 13 Georgia in 2009, Washington State in 2010, Arizona in 2011 and Pittsburgh in 2016.

The Cowboys haven’t loss to a Power 5 opponent in Stillwater under Gundy, though it hasn’t lost but to two teams. In 2009, Houston upset Oklahoma State, 45-35, a week after OSU dismantled Georgia. In 2016, Central Michigan happened.

Here’s a look at OSU’s nonconference schedule under Gundy:

Key: Power 5 teams, Group of 5 teams

2005: Montana State, 15-10, Arkansas State 20-10

2006: Missouri State 52-10, Florida Atlantic 48-8

2007: Florida Atlantic, 42-6, Sam Houston State 39-3

2008: Houston 56-37, Missouri State 57-13, Troy 55-24

2009: No. 13 Georgia 24-10, Houston 35-45, Rice 41-24, Grambling State 56-6

2010: Washington State 65-17, Troy 41-38, Tulsa 65-28

2011: Louisiana 61-34, Arizona 37-14

2012: Savannah State 84-0, Louisiana 65-24

2013: Lamar 59-3

2014: Missouri State 40-23, UTSA 43-13

2015: Central Arkansas 32-8, UTSA 69-14

2016: SE Louisiana 61-7, Central Michigan 27-30, Pittsburgh 45-38

2017: Tulsa 59-24

2018: Missouri State 58-17, South Alabama 55-13, No. 17 Boise State

43-20: Average Power 5 score, 4-0 record

49-23: Average Group of 5 score, 14-2 record

29-2 overall record

Going by rankings, Boise State will be the second biggest home nonconference game the Cowboys have played under Gundy. Although the Broncos are a Group of 5 program, they have established themselves as one of the premier teams in college football the past decade.

Saturday’s game at 2:30 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium will be arguably the biggest one in 10 years before conference play gets rolling. With how well both teams are playing, it should set up for a thrilling game.

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Cameron Jourdan has covered Oklahoma State athletics since January 2017. He has written for The Oklahoman, The Tuscaloosa News and the Stillwater News Press, among others. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @Cam_Jourdan

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