- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

Central Michigan (1-0) at No. 22 Oklahoma State (1-0), Noon (Fox Sports 1)

Line: Oklahoma State by 20½

Series Record: Oklahoma State leads 1-0


After a 61-7 triumph last week over Southeastern Louisiana, Oklahoma State figures to have a tougher challenge with Central Michigan, which also won a blowout, 49-3 over FCS school Presbyterian. In their first-ever meeting last season, the Cowboys prevailed in a hard-fought battle, 24-13, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.


Oklahoma State’s offense vs. Central Michigan’s defense. The Chippewas rank fourth overall in total defense after one week, returning eight starters from last season’s unit that was 16th in the country. They will have to contend with QB Mason Rudolph, who completed 18 of 26 passes last week for 188 yards and two touchdowns.


Central Michigan: QB Cooper Rush. The senior is coming off an outstanding season in which he completed 66.3 percent of his passes and ranked 14th in the nation with 3,848 yards, with 25 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. He also threw for 237 yards and one touchdown on 16-of-26 passing last week, along with two interceptions, so he is a dangerous offensive threat.

Oklahoma State: RB Barry J. Sanders. The son of the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer led the Cowboys in all-purpose yards against Southeastern Louisiana, thanks to the 57-yard punt return he brought back to the 1. He also looks to increase his impact in the running game after four rushes for 1 yard and one reception for 18.


Oklahoma State has won 15 straight nonconference home games, dating back to a 2009 loss to Houston and is 47-5 against unranked opponents since 2010. . The Chippewas gained 255 yards rushing last week against Presbyterian, their most since a win over Eastern Michigan Nov. 1, 2014, a span of 16 games.

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