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Game Notes: Oklahoma State Ready for Texas

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The Basics
The Oklahoma State football team (4-0 overall; 3-0 Big 12) hosts Texas (3-2 overall; 2-2 Big 12) this week in its second-to-last home game of the 2020 season. The Cowboys face the Longhorns at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Boone Pickens Stadium. It is the first time OSU has hosted a game on Halloween since 2009 and the first time it has played on Halloween since 2015.
 
On the Air
The game will be televised by FOX with Joe Davis and Mark Helfrich on the call. The contest will also be carried live on the Cowboy Radio Network, with Dave Hunziker handling play-by-play, John Holcomb providing analysis and Robert Allen reporting from the sideline. Fans outside of the Cowboy Radio Network can listen to the OSU broadcast for free through TuneIn Radio or the TuneIn Radio app.
 
In the Rankings
OSU is ranked in both the AP Top 25 (No. 6) and the Amway Coaches Poll (No. 6). Including 2020, OSU has reached the top 15 of the AP poll at some point in 11 of the past 13 seasons. OSU has also seen a top 10 ranking in the AP poll at some point in nine of those 13 years. Oklahoma State has not been ranked higher in the AP poll since week 11 of the 2015 season. OSU remains the highest ranked Big 12 team and is followed by No. 16 Kansas State, No. 23 Iowa State and No. 24 Oklahoma. Although the College Football Playoff rankings won’t be released until later in the year, it is worth noting that OSU has appeared in the CFP rankings four of the past five seasons entering 2020. Texas is not ranked, but is receiving votes in both polls.
 
The Series
Saturday’s game marks the 35th meeting between Oklahoma State and Texas, with UT holding a 25-9 all-time advantage in the series. OSU, however, has won seven of the past 10 meetings and four of the past five. UT holds an 8-3 advantage in games played in Stillwater, but OSU has won each of the past two meetings at Boone Pickens Stadium. CoachMike Gundyis 7-8 in his career against Texas, while UT coach Tom Herman is 1-2 against OSU.
 
Oklahoma State from a Distance
Oklahoma State is the Big 12’s only undefeated team. The Cowboys got there with wins over Tulsa, West Virginia, Kansas and Iowa State, and they have been led by strong defensive performances in each win. OSU held its first four opponents to a combined total of 48 points. This is the fewest points allowed in a four-game stretch duringMike Gundy‘s tenure as head coach (2005-now). It is also the fewest points allowed in the first four games of a season at Oklahoma State since 1997. Allowing only 12.0 points per game this season, OSU leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth nationally in scoring defense. The Cowboys have held their opponents to a combined total of 11-for-57 on third down attempts for a conversion rate of .193 (No. 3 in the FBS). The OSU defense is also among the national leaders in sacks (No. 6), tackles for loss (No. 7), 4th-down defense (No. 12), passing effficiency defense (No. 12), red zone defense (No. 12), passing yards allowed (No. 16), and total defense (No. 19). On the offensive side, the Cowboys have done most of their damage on the ground, leading the Big 12 by averaging 216.3 rushing yards per game. Heisman candidate running backChuba Hubbardhas led the charge with 478 yards and five touchdowns, but the offense gained another tool with the return of quarterbackSpencer Sandersfrom injury last week. He rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown and threw for 235 yards and another score after missing almost all of the first three games to injury. When the Cowboys do throw, they are very efficient, completing 68.3 percent of passes to rank No. 17 in the FBS. The top target is receiverTylan Wallace, who leads the Big 12 with 100.3 receiving yards per game this season and is the FBS active career leader at 76.7 receiving yards per game. KickerAlex Haleis 9-for-10 on field goal attempts this season and punterTom Huttonhas shown promise with his ability to pin opponents near their own goal line.
 
An Oklahoma State Win Would…
• Improve it to 38-15 in its past 53 games and 52-21 in its past 73 games.
• Make it 9-2 in its past 11 games at Boone Pickens Stadium.
• Make OSU 48-14 at Boone Pickens Stadium since the start of the 2011 season.
• Make it 5-0 for the first time since 2015 and for the fifth time in theMike Gundyera.
• Make it 72-14 in its past 86 games vs. unranked opponents, dating back to 2010.
• Give it wins in 31 of its past 37 games when playing as an AP ranked team vs. an unranked team.
• Make it 10-25 all-time vs. Texas and 4-8 vs. Texas in Stillwater.
• Give it three straight wins over Texas in Stillwater to mark its longest home win streak in the series.
• Give it wins in five of its past six and eight of its past 11 matchups with Texas.
• ImproveMike Gundy‘s career record vs. Texas to 8-8.
• ImproveMike Gundy‘s record in Big 12 games to 81-52.
• Give it four straight Big 12 wins and wins in eight of its past nine Big 12 games.
• Improve it to 62-31 in Big 12 games since 2010.
 
Notable Streaks and Trends Entering the Game
• OSU is 23-8 in its past 31 games decided by fewer than 10 points.
• OSU has scored on its opening drive in 17 of its past 26 games.
• OSU has held each of its last six opponents under 300 yards passing, the longest streak since holding seven straight foes under 300 yards from Nov. 19, 2016 through Sept. 23, 2017.
• OSU is 28-3 in its past 31 games when leading at halftime, dating back to Sept. 17, 2016.
• OSU has outrushed its opponent in 31 of its past 44 games and in 33 of its past 47 games.
• OSU has had at least one 100-yard receiver in 21 of its past 35 games.
• OSU has had a 100-yard rusher in 32 of its past 44 games.
• OSU has forced a turnover in 49 of its past 57 games and in 58 of its past 67 games, dating to 2015.
• Dating back to 2005, OSU is 39-3 when not committing a turnover.
• Dating back to 2008, OSU is 62-7 when winning the turnover battle.
• OSU has won three straight overtime games.
• OSU has held its last eight Big 12 opponents under their season scoring average.
Chuba Hubbardhas rushed for at least 100 yards in 18 of his past 21 games. He also has a rushing touchdown in 18 of those 21 games.
Dillon Stonerhas at least one catch in 41 of his past 42 games.
• OSU has scored on a play of at least 50 yards in eight of its past 13 games.
• OSU has won 71 consecutive games when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points, dating back to Sept. 13, 2003  – the longest active stretch of time in the FBS.
 

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