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Game Day Guide: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Boise State Broncos

The last time Boise State and Oklahoma State played, the Cowboys thumped the Broncos in Stillwater. Three years later, the Broncos aim to defend and win on The Blue.

Devin Ramey

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Published: 9/13/2021 3:58:27 PM
Updated: 5:08 PM MDT September 15, 2021

Editor's Note: The video above is from Boise State head football coach Andy Avalos' press conference on Monday, Sept. 13.

When Boise State played the University of Texas-El Paso on The Blue, the Broncos revived a matchup last seen during their days in the Western Athletic Conference. Unfortunately for the Miners, the Broncos' week two matchup also ended in a WAC-era blowout, 13-54.

Against the Miners, Boise State found its footing and started developing its identity on both sides of the ball. The defense forced six turnovers, the highest since 2013, and the offense was able to pound the ball into the end zone on the ground during goal-line situations and make big, splash plays through the air, especially in the hands, even occasionally just one hand, of wide receiver Khalil Shakir.

However, Boise State still has a lot to work on before they take on Oklahoma State. The Broncos' offense still needs to find a lead running back, however, junior George Holani should no longer be on a rep count against Oklahoma State. He was limited against UTEP and sat out against the University of Central Florida in week one.

Now, heading into week three, the Broncos will host the first-ever regular season Big 12 Conference foe at Albertsons Stadium. On Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. MT, the Oklahoma State University Cowboys will play the Broncos on The Blue. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

The Cowboys might be 2-0 but the Broncos (1-1) are favored by five points in Las Vegas.

Through two games, Oklahoma State's offense has struggled against FCS and Group of 5 teams. In week one, the Cowboys beat Missouri State 23-16 and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 28-23 in week two after they trailed 7-14 heading into the fourth quarter. Tulsa had lost to an FCS team in week one.

The Cowboys' offense has struggled to click and move the ball for the majority of their games until finding enough life in the fourth quarter to win. Buoyed with a strong defense that has only allowed an average of 19.5 points per game, the Cowboys' offense just needs to keep it close, something that may prove difficult against a turnover-hungry Boise State defense. 

The Broncos are tied for first in the country for turnover margin with +8 through two games.

While Oklahoma State has shown its weaknesses through two weeks of play against lesser teams, the Cowboys will still storm The Blue as the first-ever Big 12 team to play at Albertsons Stadium during the regular season, which should get Bronco Nation excited, according to Boise State head coach Andy Avalos.

"I mean it's an unbelievable opportunity for Bronco Nation and the valley, to be able to get games like this to come into our stadium and the type of opponent, the history, the tradition, the players that they've had go through this program, obviously the coach that has been very, very consistent for some time now," Avalos said during his Monday press conference. "We got a great challenge in front of us."

When the Cowboys and Broncos play at 7:00 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 18, Boise State will have its work cut out for them and will need Bronco Nation's help to get the win.