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High Noon Highlights (12/27): Appreciate Chuba Hubbard While You Still Can

Tonight might be his last game as a Cowboy

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NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s high noon...

Take time to appreciate Chuba Hubbard now

Tonight could be the star running back’s last game as a Cowboy. As Jenni Carlson of the Oklahoman wrote this morning, take time to soak up and appreciate what you are seeing.

While Cowboy fans hope Hubbard puts it off for another year or so, the truth is Friday night could be his last game as a Cowboy. He could have a big night against Texas A&M; he’s well rested for the first time in months. He could become only the 30th major-college football player since 1956 to rush for 2,000 yards in a season; the list of players who’ve reached that plateau is as notable for who isn’t on it (Emmitt Smith, O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell) as who is (Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Tony Dorsett).

Hubbard could do all that, then be gone. The Oklahoman

Hype video

In case you weren’t fired up enough to play Texas A&M already, you will be after this video.

Winning in Texas will have big recruiting impact

Among Power Five programs outside of the state of Texas, Oklahoma State has the most Texans with 47. Oklahoma has 44 and Arkansas 34. That statistic alone defines the Texas Bowl as a high-stakes exercise for Oklahoma State, which has a chance to close with a nine-win record.

A bonus: With the game played at the beautiful home stadium of the Houston Texans, Oklahoma State has a chance to impress several 2021 and 2022 prospects from the Houston area.

For Gundy, beating A&M was sweet in 2008-11. If on Friday he gets a fifth consecutive victory over the Aggies, his bowl record would be 10-4. Bowl-game winners typically have an extra bounce when they dive into offseason training. Tulsa World

Basketball team is back to work after holiday

The Cowboy basketball team is back to practice, and star guard Isaac Likekele is at least lacing his shoes up after missing an extended period of time with an illness. This does not necessarily mean he will be back for the game on Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana.

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