Oklahoma State will face quite possibly its toughest challenge of the 2019 season on Saturday as Mike Gundy and the Cowboys look to avoid a second consecutive loss in Big 12 play.
The Cowboys opened the conference portion of their schedule with a 36-30 loss to Texas in Austin, and the Kansas State Wildcats enter Boone Pickens Stadium undefeated at 3-0 and coming off a hot 31-24 win over SEC opponent Mississippi State.
This would be the Wildcats’ first win over Mississippi State in four meetings, and it was a big win for a program that needed it led by first-year coach Chris Klieman.
The Pokes have their work cut out for them as Kansas State comes in as an offensive force ready to attack and has prepared strategies of ways to win.
Quarterback Skylar Thompson may have thrown only one touchdown pass against Mississippi State last week, but boy was it was a vital one for the Wildcats aiding in their historical win over the Bulldogs.
“They’re very physical and they know what they’re doing,” Cowboy running back Chuba Hubbard said. “They’re coached well. There are talented guys on any team.”
Hubbard, who saw 37 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns against Texas, has led the Pokes in rushing yards this season with 642 total for nine touchdowns and has landed the Cowboys at No. 10 in the national rankings for rushing offense.
Hubbard also leads the FBS in rushing yards gaining the recognition as one of the most explosive offensive players in college football.
All eyes will be on Sean Gleeson and the offensive play calling on Saturday after questionable calls were made enraging Cowboy fans and causing the offense to fall short of the goal line more times than acceptable.
“The biggest thing to take from last week is that our team has a lot of fight in us,” Offensive lineman Marcus Keyes said. “That’s something to build off. We are always going to keep fighting and try to win.”
Saturday’s matchup will be marked as the 66th meeting between the Cowboys and the Wildcats where OSU holds a 39-26 overall record. This includes a 31-20 advantage in games held in Stillwater, and the Cowboys have won six of the past 10 meetings between the two teams.
It will be a big game for both teams as this marks Kansas State’s first Big 12 matchup of the 2019 season, and the Cowboys will need to knock off the Wildcats to keep their hopes of relevancy alive in the Big 12.
Oklahoma State and Kansas State kick off at 6 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium, and stay up to date with The Franchise and myself on Twitter (@MadyssonMorris) for all updates and game notes as the Cowboys battle the Wildcats.