The No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys are set to open up the 2017 season at home against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Kickoff is set for 7:30 EST on Thursday, August 31 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. The game will be televised on Fox Sport 1.
The books are a bit split on this one. Some have Oklahoma State as a 17-point favorite, while others have them listed at 16.5. Oddsmakers are expecting a bunch of offense, as the total is currently at 72 points. Click here for more opening week betting lines and game previews.
Oklahoma State vs Tulsa Betting Odds & Game Preview
The Cowboys went 10-3 a season ago, capped off by a 38-8 blowout win over Colorado in their bowl game. They tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings at 7-2. That’s now 5 double-digit win seasons in the last 7 years for Oklahoma State.
Anything less than 10-wins would be a disappointment in 2017. The Cowboys enter the 13th year under head coach Mike Gundy with very high expectations. Oklahoma St has 12 starters back. They are excited about the potential of their offense, which returns 7 from a unit that put up 38.6 ppg and 465 ypg.
Tulsa continued it’s upward swing in year two under head coach Philip Montogomery. The Golden Hurricane had won just 5 combined games the two years prior to Montgomery’s arrival. He guided them to a 6-7 record and bowl bid in his first year on the job. Tulsa followed it with an impressive 10-3 campaign. That included a 55-10 blowout win over Central Michigan in their bowl matchup.
The Golden Hurricane bring back a respectable 13 starters. However, there is cause for concern. Tulsa lost James Flanders (1,629 rushing yards, 18 TDs), starting quarterback Dane Evans (3,348 yards 32 TDs) and two 1,000-yard receivers.
College Football Free Vegas Line Prediction: Tulsa +17
I think the value here is with the Golden Hurricane getting more than two touchdowns on the road. The public figures to be all over the Cowboys at home, especially given all that Tulsa lost on the offensive side of the ball.
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What you have to keep in mind is that Montgomery has a history of putting up big offensive numbers regardless of the talent he has to work with. Back in his time with Baylor, it didn’t matter who was the starting quarterback. I fully expect sophomore QB Chad President (high recruit) to put up big numbers ins first year as a starter.
He’s also got more weapons to work with than you might think. Backup running back D’Angelo Brewer rushed for 1,435 yards and 7 scores last year. Wide outs Keenon Johnson and Justin Hobbs are poised to take a big step and they are high on red-shirt freshman Josh Stewart. Not to mention they have a top level o-line with 4 starters coming back.
I also think you have to take into consideration that Oklahoma State had some struggles out of conference early last year. Most notably their 27-30 home loss to Central Michigan as a 20-point favorite. No question the Cowboys have some studs on offense, but the defense loses a lot from a unit that gave up 446 ypg last year, which was 92nd in the country.
It’s also worth pointing out that Tulsa has gone 7-3 ATS in non-conference and 6-1 ATS as a road dog in the first two years under Montgomery. That includes a road game at Big 12 powerhouse Oklahoma in his first year on the job. Golden Hurricanes kept it respectable in a 38-52 defeat as a 30-point road dog.