Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Oklahoma State Cowboys Prediction, 9/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Oklahoma State Cowboys
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Boone Pickens Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Tulsa (+20.5)
Spencer Sanders and the Oklahoma State Cowboys host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The odds on this contest have Oklahoma State as 20.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 61.
In the last game they played in 2019, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane faced the East Carolina Pirates and notched a win by a score of 49-24. Running the show from under center for the Golden Hurricane was Zach Smith who went 21/30 with 331 yards by way of passing and tossed 5 touchdowns. He gave away 1 interception for the game. Shamari Brooks led the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 64 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for a total of 202 yards by way of 16 carries which means he ran for an average of 12.6 yards per carry. Sam Crawford Jr. led the team in receiving yardage by earning 93 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 18.6 yards per reception for the game.
The Golden Hurricane step onto the field after holding a record of 4-8 in 2019. This team was one of the more average teams in terms of scoring in the conference and I wouldn't expect it to change too much this season. For total yards, they ranked 9th in the conference and 71st in the nation with 5,036 yards. In terms of scoring, they were one of the marginal teams in the country averaging 26.4 points per game, ranking them 83rd in the nation. As a team, they had an average of 138.3 rushing yards per game which was 10th in the conference.
The Golden Hurricane had one of the worst defenses in the nation giving up 31.3 points per contest, ranking them 8th in the American Athletic Conference and 91st in college football. When it comes to passing yards, the Golden Hurricane conceded 3,376 yards. Opponents completed 56.3% of the throws they attempted against them and averaged 7.4 yards per attempt. When it comes to rushing yards, Tulsa allowed 185.1 yards per game ranking them 8th in the American Athletic Conference and 90th in the nation. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.5 yards per rush putting them 9th in the conference and 82nd in Division 1 overall. Overall, they allowed 2,221 rushing yards through 12 games.
In the last game they played in 2019, the Oklahoma State Cowboys took on the Texas A&M Aggies and added a loss to their record by a score of 24-21. Chuba Hubbard paced the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 42 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He racked up a total of 158 yards via 19 carries which meant he averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Braydon Johnson was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 124 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 24.8 yards per reception for that contest. Leading the way at QB for the Cowboys was Dru Brown who went 15/28 with 184 yards by way of the pass and completed 2 touchdowns. He ended the game with no interceptions.
The Cowboys come into this matchup after finishing with a record of 8-5. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Cowboys had one of the most prolific offenses in the country. When looking at their ability to score points, the Cowboys ranked 4th in the conference and 34th out of all the teams in the nation averaging 32.5 points per game. Oklahoma State made teams game plan around their running game by averaging 229.6 yards per contest, putting them 17th in Division 1. As a team, they compiled a total of 2,985 yards rushing through 13 games, so they'll look to continue their dominance on the ground to grind out wins. The Cowboys averaged 453.9 yards per game overall putting them 21st in the nation and 4th in the conference.
The Cowboys allowed 26.8 points per contest ranking them 5th in the Big 12 and 61st in Division 1. When it comes to points allowed, they gave up 348 total points. In discussing yards rushing, they allowed 158.9 yards per game which put them at 67th in college football and 6th in the conference. For the 2019 season, they conceded 2,066 yards on the ground. Their pass defense was one of the mediocre units in the nation. They allowed 253.8 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Cowboys ranked 8th in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Golden Hurricane/Cowboys college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cowboys -20.5
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