No. 24 Oklahoma State hosts No. 17 Boise State
No. 17 Boise State (2-0) at No. 24 Oklahoma State (2-0) 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Oklahoma State by 2½.
Series record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Oklahoma State seeks its first major win with new QB Taylor Cornelius. Boise State would cement its status as a leader in the Group of Five with a nonconference win on the road against a ranked team. Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill and Boise State QB Brett Rypien could become serious Heisman contenders with big performances.
Oklahoma State DBs vs. Rypien. Oklahoma State’s pass defense has put up great numbers against weak competition, but Rypien is an NFL prospect who has thrown for more than 10,000 yards in his college career. Oklahoma State’s secondary could get some help from a pass rush that has created havoc the first two weeks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Boise State: RB Alexander Mattison balances Boise State’s offense with his no-nonsense style. The junior has rushed for nearly 1.600 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career. He has rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season.
Oklahoma State: Cornelius, a fifth-year senior, will start against a ranked team for the first time in his career. He’s been good so far this season, but he’s made some mistakes that Boise State likely won’t let him get away with.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oklahoma State leads the nation in total offense while Boise State is fourth. ... Oklahoma State is ninth in the nation in total defense under new coordinator Jim Knowles. ... Boise State is second in the nation in turnover margin at plus-9. ... Oklahoma State fans will stripe the stadium orange and white. ... The Broncos are the first ranked nonconference opponent to play in Stillwater since No. 13 Georgia visited in 2009.
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