5 Trends: Oklahoma St. vs. Oregon St.
Some facts you need to know leading up to kickoff
Oklahoma State (-14) at Oregon State
Friday, August 30th, 10:30pm EST
BetQL Rating: ★★★ Spread (Cowboys)
Oklahoma State and Oregon State will meet for the first time in either program’s history on Friday night at Reser Stadium, as both teams aim to get off to a hot start in 2019. The Cowboys finished 7-6 last season, while the Beavers went 2-10 and missed out on playing in a bowl game for the fifth-consecutive season.
Head coach Mike Gundy returns for his 15th season at Oklahoma State, a program that has reached a bowl game in 13 consecutive seasons. Oregon State is led by head coach Jonathan Smith, who enters his second season with the Beavers. Smith previously played quarterback for the Beavers, and led the program to its best-ever finish in 2000 (as a player) when they went 11-1 and finished fourth in the final AP poll.
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5 Trends to Know
- Oklahoma State is 35-20 in non-conference games during Gundy's tenure. In 2018, the Cowboys went 4-0 against out-of-conference opponents, including wins over ranked teams Boise State and Missouri.
- The Cowboys ranked ninth in the nation last season in total offense, averaging roughly 500 yards per game in 2018. Meanwhile, the Beavers ranked 83rd nationally in that same category.
- Over the last five seasons, Oregon State is just 11-21 straight up in games played at Reser Stadium. Last year, the Beavers went 1-5 at home.
- Both teams return seven offensive starters in 2019, however, Oregon State brings back starting quarterback Jake Luton. He started five games last season (appeared in eight) and threw 10 touchdowns compared to four interceptions.
- Oregon State went 2-10 last season and the Beavers lost by an average of 26.5 points per game. Additionally, the Beavers allowed 48.9 points per game to opposing offenses, including a 77-point outburst by Ohio State in their 2018 opener.