- Associated Press - Thursday, September 7, 2017

No. 11 Oklahoma State (1-0) at South Alabama (0-1), Friday 8 p.m. ET Friday (ESPN2)

Line: Oklahoma State by 28.

Series record: First meeting.


After opening in the top 10 for just the third time in school history, Oklahoma State is trying to avoid a Friday night slipup. South Alabama upset No. then-19 San Diego State at Ladd-Peebles Stadium last season and is trying to pull off a much bigger one.


Oklahoma State’s offense against South Alabama’s defense. The Cowboys scored 59 points against Tulsa and the Jaguars allowed 47 in a loss to Mississippi. Watch out for big plays since Ole Miss scored on three 70-plus yarders in the third quarter against South Alabama. The Jaguars also allowed 429 passing yards.


Oklahoma State: RB Justice Hill is coming off a 15-carry, 132-yard performance. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder led all FBS freshmen with 1,142 rushing yards last season. Hill runs behind an offensive line with that on average outweighs South Alabama’s starting defensive linemen by 50 pounds.

South Alabama: QB Cole Garvin made his college debut in that win over San Diego State with a performance that earned him Sun Belt offensive player of the week honors. Garvin was also solid against Ole Miss with 204 yards on 19-of-31 passing.


This is the first of a three-game series. South Alabama visits Oklahoma State next season and in 2023. … With 9,017 career passing yards, Mason Rudolph needs just 244 to break Brandon Weeden’s Oklahoma State record. … Oklahoma State’s 10.2-yard average per play against Tulsa was the second-highest in program history. … The Cowboys are 15-1 against Sun Belt Conference teams and have won on nine of their last 11 trips to opposing schools’ stadiums. … The Jaguars are 1-9 against teams from Power Five conferences with a win over Mississippi State to open last season. … Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph has thrown for 25 touchdowns and been intercepted just twice over the past 10 games.


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