The stage is set in Houston, Texas, where the Oklahoma State Cowboys will take on the Texas A&M Aggies in the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl on Dec. 27.
The Cowboys, who finished with an 8-4 overall record, 5-4 in the Big 12, have a lot to tip their hat to despite suffering massive injury losses, such as star receiver Tylan Wallace and starting quarterback Spencer Sanders.
The Pokes powered through big wins against TCU, 34-27, Kansas State, 26-13, and Iowa State, 34-27, allowing numerous guys to step up when called upon and show the versatility of this team to a high level.
OSU suffered extreme disappointment falling to the Oklahoma Sooners for a fifth consecutive year on Nov. 30 where the Sooners took a 34-16 win, which would eventually lead them to an exciting 30-23 win in overtime against Baylor to capture their fifth Big 12 Championship title.
The Aggies, on the other hand, had struggles of their own ending their season with a 7-5 overall record and placing fourth in the SEC-West behind Auburn, Alabama and LSU.
The Aggies saw big wins over Ole Miss, 24-17, Mississippi State, 49-30, and South Carolina, 30-6, and are no strangers to Oklahoma State seeing as the SEC-West hasn’t always been home for this team.
Texas A&M and Oklahoma State battled each other in the Big 12 for years until the Aggies left the conference on July 1, 2012. The Cowboys held a four-game winning streak at this time, but the Aggies hold a 17-10 overall advantage.
Now, seven years later, the two teams come face-to-face once again for a postseason showdown in Houston.
One thing Cowboy fans will be tuning in to is whether star running back Chuba Hubbard will play in this matchup after being snubbed for a Heisman candidacy invite.
Hubbard fell short of the invite on Monday when the 2019 Heisman Finalists were announced, and Chase Young of Ohio State would be the only player who was not a quarterback.
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— The Heisman Trophy (@HeismanTrophy) December 9, 2019
As Cowboy fans are well aware of, Hubbard led the FBS in rushing yards this season at 1,936, and he beat out Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
Some more notable stats about Hubbard are included below:
- Hubbard was announced as one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, as well as one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award alongside Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.
- Hubbard was neck-and-neck with J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor all season in rushing yards, rushing yards per game, rushing touchdowns, and a plethora of other stats, yet he came in first in all of them.
- Rushing yards per game: 161.3
- Rushing TDs: 21
- Rushing yards after contact: 1,191
- Explosive runs: 18
- All-Purpose yards: 2,161
- All-Purpose yards per game: 180.1
- Percentage of Team’s All-Purpose yardage: 34 percent
- Total offensive yards: 1,936
- Total Offensive yards per game: 161.3
- Percentage of team’s total offensive output: 34.8
- Single-Game rushing high: 296 yards vs. Kansas State
- Single-Game high receiving: 88 yards at West Virginia
- Hubbard was named A midseason All-American by the Associated Press, ESPN, USA Today, The Athletic, CBS Sports, Athlon Sports and Pro Football Focus.
- Is No. 2 behind Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman season to have as many rushing yards as he did in a single season at 1,936.
Although Hubbard will not be attending this years Heisman Awards in New York City as a finalist, head coach for the Cowboys Mike Gundy anticipates Hubbard playing in the Texas Bowl for the Pokes.
— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) December 9, 2019
The matchup is finalized, and the teams continue to work away as Dec. 27 draws near.
See you in Houston, Cowboy fans!