After what feels like one postponement after another for Mike Gundy and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the time to take the field again has finally come.
The No. 6 Cowboys take on the No. 17 Iowa State Cyclones in Boone Pickens Stadium tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. CT.
The Cyclones enter this matchup 3-1, 3-0 in conference play, and fresh off a bye week after dominant performances against Texas Tech, W 31-15, and an exciting last-minute win over Oklahoma, 37-30.
Junior starting quarterback Brock Purdy has been a standout for the Cyclones this season with 912 total yards in four games, four touchdowns, and the luxury of being a veteran quarterback for young guys like Breece Hall and Charlie Kolar to feed off of.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys have been off for two consecutive weeks after Baylor announced on Oct. 12 it would be suspending all football-related activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the football program.
In their two-week hiatus from college football, the Cowboys skyrocketed to No. 6 in the AP Top 25, and with Iowa State performing at a high level in conference play, this game has every reason to be the top college football game to watch this weekend.
Let’s have an honesty hour, though.
The Cowboys have not played to their potential yet, and the layup they were given over Kansas isn’t entirely telling of how well Oklahoma State will matchup against a team like the Cyclones, but the Cowboys have certainly proved one thing – They’re able to overcome obstacles when adversity strikes.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders is set to return to play action, confirmed by Mike Gundy at the start of the week, but this doesn’t necessarily mean true freshman Shane Illingworth won’t get a few snaps here and there.
Gundy said he had no problem playing two quarterbacks, and though this news may not sit well with all Cowboy fans, it could benefit the Pokes by having two launching arms making plays down the field.
A slow start for the Cowboys, however, could be the deciding factor of this game right out of the gates, and it will be crucial for the Pokes to use their assets and use them quickly.
That statement goes both ways, though. OSU’s defense has been a hot topic in the Big 12, and with powerhouse forces like Malcolm Rodriguez, Amen Ogbongbemiga, Trace Ford and more… The Cyclones will have no time to waste snapping the ball.
This could very well be a preview of the Big 12 Championship this weekend with the preseason favorite Oklahoma having a rocky start to conference play and Texas failing to live up to the hype created every season by the program.
Oklahoma State’s season start hasn’t been glamorous by any means, and Cowboy fans will remember well the nail biting situations they’ve experienced against Tulsa and West Virginia, but it will be up to the Pokes to shake off the rust of two weeks off and come out pistols firing.
Game time in Stillwater is 2:30 p.m. CT as the Pokes and Cyclones go to battle for the No. 1 spot in the Big 12.