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Tulsa vs. Oklahoma State Football Prediction and Preview

Tulsa vs. Oklahoma State (OSU) Football Prediction and Preview

Tulsa vs. Oklahoma State (OSU) Prediction and Preview

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Oklahoma State Cowboys are renewing their in-state rivalry a week later than originally scheduled.

The Pokes have dominated the series in the last two decades, running up a 7-0 record since 1999. Each of those games has been decided by double digits.

Can the upstarts from the AAC reverse that trend? The oddsmakers seem dubious – they're favoring OSU by more than three touchdowns over the Golden Hurricane.

Here's what to watch when the teams take the field in Stillwater on Saturday.

Tulsa at Oklahoma State

Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 19, at 12 p.m. ET


Spread: Oklahoma State -22.5

When Tulsa Has the Ball

Returning eight starters from a year ago, the Golden Hurricane have one of the most experienced offensive units in the nation. That group includes senior quarterback Zach Smith, three offensive linemen, the team's two leading receivers and its leading rusher.

Of course, how much all that experience matters is up for debate. TU ranked 10th in scoring in the AAC last year at 25.9 points per game and 10th in yards per play at 5.32.

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Interestingly, Tulsa will square off against one of the country's most proven defenses on Saturday. Oklahoma State has 10 starters back from a unit that improved gradually over the course of last season. Veterans like linebackers Malcolm Rodriguez, Amen Ogbongbemiga and edge rusher Trace Ford won't see anything they haven't seen before out of their in-state rivals.

When Oklahoma State Has the Ball

The fireworks seem more likely to start when the ball is in the hands of the Cowboys. They averaged 32.5 points per game last year, which put the Pokes in the top half of the always-explosive Big 12.

This season, 2019 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Chuba Hubbard returns to power OSU's ground attack. He's joined by dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders and wide receiver Tylan Wallace, a potential first-round selection in next year's NFL draft.

So best of luck to the Golden Hurricane D.

Final Analysis

When these two teams squared off in Tulsa last year, the Golden Hurricane hung around for a while until the dam burst in the second half. The Cowboys eventually prevailed, 40-21. TU probably doesn't have much chance of keeping this season's matchup that close.

College Football Top 25: Oklahoma State

Look for Oklahoma State to pour on the points early in the game and then cruise through the finish line in the second half.

Prediction: Oklahoma State 42, Tulsa 17

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— Written by Allen Kenney, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Kenney is founder and editor of and host of the Blatant Homerism Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BlatantHomerism.