Even though Oklahoma State came through last week with a win, the Cowboys underperformed. The Golden Hurricane also gave an underwhelming performance and lost to UC Davis 19-17. Both teams will be looking to vigorously bounce back this Saturday.
These two teams are no stranger to each other, as they were each other’s season opener in 2020. Oklahoma State squeezed by ending the game 16-7. There’s no doubt they will strive to provide a more assertive game this Saturday.
Plethora of Receivers
This is the most experienced and talented group Tulsa will have impacting the game. Keylon Stokes led the Golden Hurricane with 96 yards receiving and averaged 23.4 yards per carry in their opening game against UC Davis. Another offensive threat for the Golden Hurricane is Sam Crawford who only had two carries in their previous game but averaged 15.5 yards per carry. With Tulsa having such a deep receiving room, the Cowboys need to ensure their secondary is ready for the constant onslaught of fresh legs.
Strong Front Line
Tulsa will be returning one of the most experienced offensive lines in the nation with 120 career starts. As if the Golden Hurricane did not have enough size available, they added Oklahoma State transfer Bryce Bray. Having an offensive line as solid as this one will give quarterback Davis Brin more than enough time to be productive.
Much like Oklahoma State, Tulsa is returning a very stable defense. The defensive line is bringing back four starters including nose guard Tyarise Stevenson who constantly draws double teams. Yohance Burnett looked healthier than ever since recovery from an ACL injury that led to him missing last season. Adding a stud from Oklahoma at linebacker, Jon-Michael Terry, the Golden Hurricane are set to have a very balanced defense.
The Cowboys should hold their own against Tulsa. But with the Golden Hurricane striving for an upset, this is shaping up to be a chippy Saturday in Stillwater.