Oklahoma State vs. Boise State: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online
The Cowboys host the Broncos in a tricky nonconference showdown
No. 24 Oklahoma State will welcome No. 17 Boise State on Saturday afternoon in a game that could be enormous for both sides. If Boise State comes out of Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma, it would give the Broncos the inside track to the New Year's Six bowl bid for the Group of Five. Meanwhile, a win for the Pokes would look good on their resume if they stay in the College Football Playoff race.
Let's break down this fun nonconference matchup that carries national ramifications. It could go a long way to signaling either that Oklahoma State is not going anywhere or Boise State is a real threat this season.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 15 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium -- Stillwater, Oklahoma
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN
Boise State: Through two games, there's a lot to like about the Broncos. The dominating road win at Troy was solid, quarterback Brett Rypien has ripped off 667 passing yards and seven touchdowns, the offense is tied for fifth in the nation in plays of 30 or more yards with nine and the defense is giving up just 4.61 yards per play. Some of that is padded because they played UConn last week. But if we know anything about Boise State, it's that it doesn't back down from stiff competition. Saturday's opponent and the national stage are perfect for the Broncos to make a statement.
Oklahoma State: Quietly, the Cowboys are poking around the top 25 and have answered some of their lingering questions. Quarterback Taylor Cornelius has completed 66.7 percent of his passes, thrown for 728 yards and tossed six touchdowns, stepping in for the recently-departed Mason Rudolph. Wide receivers Tylan Wallace and Tyron Johnson have picked up right where James Washington and Marcell Ateman left off. Throw the ultra-reliable Justice Hill in at running back, and the offense is in great shape. The defense has been stout, giving up just 3.49 yards per play through two games.
Game prediction, picks
Boise State is no pushover, but Oklahoma State's work through two games on the offensive side has been very Mike Gundy-ish. As in, it keeps on cranking no matter how many stars move on. Rypien and Co. will hang and the Boise State defense -- which is as fundamentally sound as any in the country -- will keep this low-scoring for a while. But the depth and athleticism the Cowboys have will allow them to pull away late. Pick: Oklahoma State (-3.5)
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