Preview: Southeastern Louisiana at Oklahoma State

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 3, 2016
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma


The path to a Big 12 title figures to be another grind this season, and Oklahoma State plans to be right in the mix. The 19th-ranked Cowboys bring back quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington to head an offense that averaged 39.5 points last season and will kick off the 2016 campaign by hosting Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.

Oklahoma State returns its top four tacklers on defense as well but is hoping to stay at the top of the nation in offense with a bigger focus on the running game. Departed backup quarterback J.W. Walsh led the team with 13 rushing scores last season but leading rusher Chris Carson (517 yards) returns and is joined by graduate transfer Barry J. Sanders and highly-touted freshman Justice Hill. “We think that the group that we have now, the three or four, is better than what we were using last year with really two to three,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy told reporters of the running back group. “So (Hill’s) part of that group that we think makes us better.” Sanders, whose NFL Hall of Fame father won the Heisman Trophy for Oklahoma State in 1988, could also be used to return kicks.

TV:
3:30 p.m. ET, FSN. LINE: Off

ABOUT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA (2015: 4-6): The Lions expect to take a step forward in 2016 and were one of four Southland Conference teams to receive votes in the preseason FCS coaches poll, though they just missed out on the top 25. SLU returns senior quarterback D’Shaie Landor, who threw for 1,228 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions and added four rushing scores in his first season as a starter last year. The Lions could use some improvement in ball security after losing 20 fumbles in 2015.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (2015: 10-3): The Cowboys are looking at the opener as an opportunity to test themselves against a type of team they won’t figure to see much during conference play. “(The Southeastern Louisiana) offense will be completely different than what we see when we get in conference play,” Gundy told reporters. “As we move through nonconference play, we'll see three different types of offenses and then we get into what we see in this league. So the flexibility of the speed we have at linebacker and adjusting to the different offenses will be really important for our team.” Oklahoma State ranked 90th out of 128 teams in the nation in yards allowed last season and is intent on taking a step forward on defense.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Oklahoma State is 45-5 in its last 50 games against unranked opponents and has won 20 straight home openers.

2. The Lions are 0-20 against FBS foes since 2003.

3. Cowboys LB Josh Mabin announced his retirement on Monday due to a heart condition.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 51, Southeastern Louisiana 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Southeastern Louisiana 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Oklahoma State 0-0 - 0.0 0.0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Southeastern Louisiana Oklahoma State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SELA N/A
OKST N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SELA N/A
OKST N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SELA N/A
OKST N/A
TDs Player TD
SELA N/A
OKST N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SELA N/A
OKST N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SELA N/A
OKST N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SELA N/A
OKST N/A
TDs Player TD
SELA N/A
OKST N/A

Quickchart Matchup

Southeastern Louisiana Off vs  Oklahoma State Def
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Oklahoma State Off vs  Southeastern Louisiana Def
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Southeastern Louisiana Overall Oklahoma State
0-0-0 W/L 0-0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0
Southeastern Louisiana A/H Oklahoma State
0-0 W/L 0-0
0-0-0 ATS 0-0-0
0-0-0 O/U 0-0-0
0.0 Pts For 0.0
0.0 Pts Against 0.0
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