Sport Notes: Oklahoma State Returns to Dr Pepper Large 12 Championship
The No. 19/19 Oklahoma State soccer group (9-3 general; 7-2 Large 12) returns to the Dr Pepper Large 12 Championship for the second time in three years this week, going through No. 7/7 Texas (11-1 general; 8-1 Large 12) Saturday at 11 a.m. CT at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
On the Air
The sport might be televised reside on ABC with Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy and Molly McGrath on the decision. It would even be carried reside on the Cowboy Radio Community, with Dave Hunziker dealing with play-by-play, John Holcomb offering evaluation and Robert Allen reporting from the sideline. Followers outdoors of the Cowboy Radio Community can take heed to the OSU broadcast without cost by means of The Varsity Community app. The printed can be heard on SiriusXM channel 82. The sport will even be broadcast to a nationwide radio viewers through ESPN Radio with Sean Kelley, Max Starks and Mike Peasley on the decision. That feed will even be out there on SiriusXM channel 80.
Get Your Tickets
After promoting out each dwelling sport in 2023, tickets for Oklahoma State’s look within the Dr Pepper Large 12 Championship are anticipated to be in excessive demand. A restricted variety of tickets can be found by means of the OSU ticket workplace at okstate.com/tickets whereas provides final. After OSU’s ticket allotment is bought, Cowboy followers can nonetheless buy tickets on-line solely through SeatGeek. For many who need to be certain they get an opportunity to see Cowboy soccer subsequent season, there may be additionally a waitlist for 2024 Cowboy soccer season tickets that followers can be part of now by means of the OSU ticket workplace.
Within the Rankings
The Oklahoma State soccer group is ranked No. 19 within the AP High 25 and No. 19 within the USA TODAY Sports activities AFCA Coaches Ballot. Whereas this week’s Faculty Soccer Playoff Rankings will not be launched till Tuesday, the Cowboys have been No. 20 in final week’s CFP Rankings. Together with the 2023 season, Oklahoma State has been ranked within the high 15 of the Related Press ballot in 14 of the previous 16 seasons and has reached the highest 10 in 11 of these 16 years. OSU has been a part of the CFP rankings in eight of the previous 9 seasons, together with 2023. The Cowboys have additionally been included in 41 of the 58 all-time CFP Rankings previous to this week, which is tied for the ninth-most appearances within the nation. Texas is No. 7 in each the AP High 25 and coaches ballot. It was additionally No. 7 in final week’s CFP Rankings.
Oklahoma State has received 11 convention titles since 1926, and the 2023 Large 12 Championship look marks its second time to achieve the championship sport previously three seasons. A win would mark the primary in class historical past in a convention championship sport, as every of the Cowboys’ earlier titles have been received in a format that didn’t embrace a championship sport. OSU’s 11 convention titles since 1926 embrace Missouri Valley championships in 1926, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1944, 1945, 1948 and 1953, the Large Eight title in 1976 and the Large 12 title in 2011.
Saturday’s sport marks the thirty eighth general assembly between Oklahoma State and Texas in a collection that dates to 1916. The 2023 season additionally marks the twenty eighth consecutive yr the groups have performed, starting with the primary season of Large 12 Convention play in 1996. Texas holds a 26-11 all-time benefit within the collection, however OSU has received 9 of the previous 13 matchups, in addition to six of the previous eight. OSU’s 5 straight street wins at UT from 2010-17 marked the one time any group has crushed the Longhorns in 5 straight journeys to Austin. Though the groups have met 37 occasions, this might be simply the second sport they’ve performed at a impartial website, with the one different occasion coming within the first assembly of the packages, performed in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, October 13, 1916. Coach Mike Gundy is 9-9 in his profession in opposition to Texas, whereas Texas coach Steve Sarkisian is 0-2 in opposition to Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State from a Distance
Contemporary off an exciting double-overtime win to clinch a spot within the convention championship, the Cowboys are again in Arlington for the second time in three seasons. Oklahoma State has received seven of its previous eight video games to earn its spot within the Large 12 Championship, defeating Kansas State, 29-21; No. 23 Kansas, 39-32; West Virginia, 48-34; Cincinnati, 45-13; No. 9 Oklahoma, 27-24; Houston, 43-30, and BYU, 40-34 alongside the way in which. The Cowboy protection has produced 18 complete turnovers previously eight video games whereas the offense has turned it over 12 occasions throughout that stretch. This season, the Cowboys are 9-0 once they win or tie the turnover battle. Sophomore operating again Ollie Gordon II is the favourite for the Doak Walker Award and even inserted himself into the race for the Heisman Trophy for a lot of the season. He has produced eight 100-yard speeding video games previously 9 video games and scored 16 speeding touchdowns in his previous six video games. He ranks No. 1 within the FBS in speeding yards, speeding yards per sport, video games with no less than 100, 150, 200 and 250 speeding yards, 30-yard carries, 40-yard carries and 70-yard carries. He is additionally second in speeding touchdowns and complete touchdowns and third in all-purpose yards per sport and complete factors scored. Gordon had 282 speeding yards within the win at West Virginia to rank as essentially the most for any FBS participant in a sport this season and adopted that up with 271 speeding yards in opposition to Cincinnati to hitch Heisman-winner Barry Sanders as the one two gamers in class historical past with back-to-back 250-yard speeding video games. Previous to that, he had 284 yards from scrimmage in opposition to Kansas, making him the one FBS participant previously 10 seasons to provide three consecutive video games with greater than 250 scrimmage yards. Most just lately within the win over BYU, Gordon tied a faculty report set by Barry Sanders with 5 speeding touchdowns in a single sport. Quarterback Alan Bowman has additionally impressed since taking up because the full-time beginning quarterback, averaging 285.9 passing yards per sport to rank second amongst all Large 12 gamers in convention play. He is accounted for 12 complete touchdowns within the 9 video games he has performed because the full-time starter. On the defensive aspect, linebacker Nickolas Martin has made his case for Large 12 Defensive Participant of the 12 months and All-America honors. The Cowboy sophomore leads all Large 12 gamers and ranks No. 15 within the FBS in complete tackles with 10.0 per sport and is No. 9 within the FBS with 5.8 solo tackles per sport. His 120 tackles this season rank because the fourth-most for any Cowboy since 1986 (14 extra tackles will give him essentially the most for any Cowboy since 1986). He is joined by linebacker Collin Oliver and security Kendal Daniels as the most important defensive playmakers this yr, as Oliver ranks No. 3 within the FBS with 4 pressured fumbles and Daniels is No. 17 within the FBS with 2 fumbles recovered whereas rankings second on the group with 90 tackles on the yr. Martin and Oliver are tied for the Large 12 lead in sacks by linebackers with 6.0 every. Different notable Cowboys this season embrace middle Joe Michalskian All-America candidate who ranks among the many greatest Energy 5 facilities in move blocking effectivity in keeping with Professional Soccer Focus, and Lou Groza Award candidate Alex Halewho ranks No. 2 within the FBS with 26 made subject targets.
An Oklahoma State Win Would …
• Safe its twelfth convention championship since 1926 and it first since 2011. It might additionally mark OSU’s second Large 12 championship.
• Give it no less than 10 wins for the eighth time in Mike Gundy‘s tenure as head coach.
• Give it wins in eight of its previous 9 video games.
• Enhance Mike Gundy‘s report in December video games to 10-8.
• Enhance Mike Gundy‘s report in impartial website video games to 15-8.
• Give it wins in 10 of its previous 14 and 7 of its previous 9 video games vs. Texas.
• Enhance its report in opposition to Texas to 12-26 and it report in opposition to Texas in impartial website video games to 1-1, with the one impartial website matchup previous to 2023 sport coming within the first assembly of the packages, performed in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, October 13, 1916.
• Enhance Mike Gundy‘s report in opposition to Texas to 10-9.
• Make it 31-11 in its previous 42 video games general, courting again to the 2020 season.
• Make it 157-73 in its historical past when enjoying as an AP-ranked group.
• Mark the Cowboys’ twelfth win over an AP High 10 group since 2008.
• Give it wins in three straight and 4 of its previous 5 video games in opposition to AP High 10 groups.
• Make it 11-3 in its previous 14 and 20-8 in its previous 28 video games vs. opponents ranked within the AP High 25.
• Enhance it to 35-25 vs. AP ranked groups for the reason that starting of the 2011 season.
• Make it 11-5 in its previous 16 video games when each groups are ranked within the AP High 25.
• Mark Mike Gundy‘s forty first profession win vs. AP High 25 opponents. Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney are the
solely different energetic coaches with extra wins over AP High 25 groups at their present faculties.
Notable Streaks and Tendencies Coming into the Sport
• Ollie Gordon II has rushed for greater than 100 yards in eight of the previous 9 video games.
• Ollie Gordon II has rushed for greater than 270 yards in two of the previous six video games.
• OSU has pressured 18 turnovers and surrendered 12 turnovers previously six video games.
• OSU is 9-0 this season when successful or tying the turnover battle.
• OSU’s offensive line has not allowed a sack in 5 of its previous eight video games.
• OSU has held 34 of its previous 42 Large 12 opponents below their season scoring common getting into the sport.
• OSU has received 85 consecutive video games when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 factors, courting again to Sept. 13, 2003 – the longest energetic stretch of time within the FBS and longest since no less than 1980. Together with video games when opponents have scored 20 factors or fewer, the streak begins on the identical date and contains 92 video games.
• The Cowboy protection has produced a shutout half in two video games this season.
• OSU has held its opponent scoreless on its game-opening drive in 39 of its previous 56 video games.
• OSU has held its opponent to lower than a 50% third down conversion fee in 46 of its previous 50 video games.
• OSU is 38-16 in its previous 54 video games determined by fewer than 10 factors.
• OSU is 48-8 in its previous 56 video games when main at halftime, courting again to Sept. 17, 2016.
• Relationship again to 2005, OSU is 48-4 when not committing a turnover.
• Relationship again to 2008, OSU is 80-8 when successful the turnover battle.
• OSU has received 4 of its previous six additional time video games.
• Over the previous 48 video games, OSU has held opponents to 226-for-742 (30.5%) on third down.
• OSU has held its opponents to simply 4-of-23 on fourth down makes an attempt this season – the No. 1 share within the nation.