The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a non-conference matchup. Tulsa is 0-1 after dropping the season opener against the UC Davis Aggies at home 19-17. Junior quarterback Davis Brin will be under center and is coming off a stinker of a performance where he went 15-of-28 with a pair of interceptions. They won the season opener as they defeated the Missouri State Bears 23-16 at home. Sophomore quarterback Shane Illingworth had a good game, despite the 41.6 QBR as he went 22-of-40 for 315 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
These programs seem to be on a little bit of different trajectories but this has the potential to be a great matchup. Let’s take a closer look into these programs to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
Ground and PoundThe Tulsa Golden Hurricane need a balanced offensive attack and it seems like they have just that with junior running back Deneric Prince. He opened the season with 14 rushing attempts for 179 yards and a touchdown while also having a four-yard reception. That is a career-high in rushing yards for him as well. It’s hard to expect the Golden Hurricane to do anything but run the ball when Prince is getting 12.8 yards per carry but they need a balanced attack if they want to have success driving the ball down the field. If he can figure out how to continue finding holes in the defense, the offense has a chance to be good.
Looking at the Tulsa Golden Hurricane’s defense from last week against the UC Davis Aggies, they definitely need to show a bit of improvement. They allowed 19 points and 399 total yards of offense (311 passing, 88 rushing). They allowed first downs at a big rate as the Aggies went 10-for-19 on third down so not being able to get your defense off the field is difficult. One bright spot was their rush defense as they forced the Aggies to just 1.9 yards per rushing attempt. If they can figure out how to defend the pass better, they will be in a better spot here.
Steady HandsThe Oklahoma State Cowboys have the potential to be a great offense and in order to get to that point, they need senior wide receiver Tay Martin to play a big factor. He started the season with six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. That was Martin’s first game with 100+ receiving yards since November 17, 2018, against the Arizona Wildcats. If he is able to be that threat on the outside for Oklahoma State, the Cowboys have a chance to win games and be a tough game on the schedule.
Looking at the Oklahoma State Cowboys defense from last week against the Missouri State Cowboys, there are some things to be impressed with. They gave up 16 points and 336 total yards of offense (234 passing, 102 rushing). Getting stops on third and potentially fourth down situations can be the difference here and the Cowboys defense forced Missouri State to finish going 6-for-18 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down. Oklahoma State also forced a pair of turnovers (one interception, one fumble recovery) so if they can continue to get stops, they will be in a great position.
- Oklahoma State: 16-5 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games
- Oklahoma State: 6-2 ATS in their last 8 September games
- Tulsa: 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in September
- Tulsa: 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs Big 12 opponents