Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, August 30
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Oklahoma State (0-0) vs. Missouri State (0-0) Game Preview
If Missouri State sounds a little bit familiar to you, it’s because it was a part of one of the wildest and craziest Week One games last year, losing to Missouri 72-43. That was about as much fun as the Bears had in the 3-8 season, but there’s experience returning. This year’s opener has the potential to be every bit as crazy, at least on one side.
It’s a true tune-up game for an Oklahoma State team that has to gear it up with a new starting quarterback, some new key receivers, and with time to get the season going with South Alabama to follow to get ready for Boise State and then Texas Tech.
This is the game for the offense to take target practice, even against a Missouri State team that should be far better.
One Reason Why Missouri State Will Win
The defense might have had a nightmare of a time last season, but it gets back nine starters and now just needs the offense to start holding up its end of the bargain a little bit more.
Oklahoma State will be testing out several things and breaking in a new quarterback – it’s not going to be razor-sharp from the start. Can the Bear defense find a pass rush it didn’t have last season? It has to throw off the OSU offense and new starting quarterback with just a wee bit of pressure.
Offensively, this is the time to turn it all loose against a secondary that allowed 269 yards per game. There’s going to be a passing attack, and it has to work in the opener.
One Reason Why Oklahoma State Will Win
The offense will be just fine.
The goal will be to limit the workload for star RB Justice Hill – just get his feet wet, and move on. If possible, the Cowboys want to make this a blowout and get a few of the quarterback options involved in the mix to test them out in live action. Taylor Cornelius might be the main man, the competition for the job will be ongoing after fall camp. This is the game to figure it all out.
No, the Missouri State offense isn’t going to be amazing. The Cowboy defense will be just fine with former Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles coming in and installing his 4-2-5 alignment. It’ll be an adjustment period, but that’s what this game is for.
What’s Going To Happen
Target practice time.
Missouri State will have a few decent moments, but overall, the Cowboy defense will look great, the offense will blow up early, and all the pieces needing to get a look will see meaningful time. It’ll be an entertaining paycheck game.