Last season, the Oklahoma State football team opened up their season on the road at Central Michigan. For the majority of the game, you couldn’t tell the power five team and the mid major team apart. The Cowboys ended up pulling away late, winning 24-13. It was the first of 10 straight wins, and today we’re hoping the Cowboys get win No. 2 in a row, as the Chippewas come to Stillwater for an 11 a.m matchup.
No doubt Central Michigan will pose a bigger threat than Southeastern Louisiana did. But the score is somewhat similar as the Pokes score on their first four possessions, and take a comfortable lead into halftime. There are still a lot of question marks surrounding the offensive line, but we receive a few answers as the offensive line goes up against D1 talent.
Justice Hill and Barry J. each tally 75 yards on the ground with a score apiece, while Chris Carson, Jeff Carr and Rennie Childs all get their touches and keep the backfield fresh.
We see a similar performance from Mason Rudolph, who tears apart CMU like they’re a D2 school. We see James Washington bounce back from a poor week one, and receivers like Jalen McCleskey and Jhajuan Seals find the end zone again.
The defense has a tall order going up against Cooper Rush. If you still aren’t familiar with Rush, click this link to educate yourself on probably the best non-power five quarterback in the country.
However, the speed and athleticism on defense is just too much for Rush, who can’t do it on his own. Ashton Lampkin and Ramon Richards each get an interception, and the Cowboys cruise to a 48-17 win.
I’m not sure even if the Cowboys play a terrible game that they lose this one. Next week vs. Pittsburgh is definitely a loseable game, but playing at home just gives the Cowboys too much of an advantage.
But, the Pokes running attack could take a step back this week, while the Oklahoma State secondary could get picked apart by Rush. I actually don’t think either of those will happen. But if the defensive line can’t get any pressure on Rush, he will find open receivers for big plays.
However, CMU probably doesn’t want to get in a shootout with the Cowboys, so they’ll probably need to make quite a few stops, which I just don’t think they will.
This game could be closer than many are expecting, especially considering the 11 a.m. start. If all goes to plan, the Cowboys will be a sitting at 2-0 by 2:30ish, which should give them time to watch the end of the Penn State vs. Pitt game.
But if everything goes to hell, the Cowboys might need some late game heroics to pull this one out. As I said, I don’t think that will be necessary and the Cowboys should cruise for the second week in a row.