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The Six Shooter: Six pregame thoughts on Oklahoma State-McNeese State

Oklahoma State will open the gates of Boone Pickens Stadium for the first time this season, to take on McNeese State at 6 p.m. Saturday. With that, it’s time to load up the Six Shooter, taking a look at some key stats, players to watch and less serious aspects of Saturday’s game, which will be available only on the subscription-based ESPN+.

Let’s give the Six Shooter a twirl:


Cowboy in the Crosshairs

LD Brown

With an FCS opponent, it seems fair to assume Chuba Hubbard will have a short day at running back. Brown had one impressive touchdown run at Oregon State, but otherwise, was held in check. Hubbard is going to get his share of carries this season, but he’ll need someone who can step in at times. With injuries slowing the other backups, Brown needs to put the clamps down on the No. 2 job.


Number to Know

1

The combined total of sacks and takeaways by the OSU defense last week. Linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga picked up a sack. That number, in some combination of sacks and turnovers, needs to go up over the next two weeks.


Streak on the Line

Victories in the home opener

OSU has won 23 consecutive home openers, with the last loss coming at the start of the 1995 season, 64-21 to Nebraska in the final year of the Big Eight Conference. With OSU favored by more than five touchdowns Saturday, the streak seems to be safe.


This Day in OSU History

Games on Sept. 7 are a rarity in Oklahoma State football history. Only once before 1985 had the team opened the season on or before Sept. 7. Because of some scheduling oddities, Mike Gundy-coached teams have only played once on that date. Here’s a look at some notable games from OSU history on Sept. 7:

1985: OSU opened Pat Jones’ second season with a 31-17 win at Washington. OSU was ranked No. 16 and Washington was No. 12, with the Pokes jumping to No. 8 the following week.

1996: OSU held its first-ever Big 12 Conference game, losing to Texas Tech 31-3 at Texas Stadium in Irving.

2013: This season got off to an odd start, travel-wise, with the Cowboys opening against Mississippi State in Houston, then heading to the southern part of Texas once again to face Larry Coker’s UT-San Antonio squad on Sept. 7. OSU won 56-35 on the way to a 10-3 campaign.


Uni-Guess

White-Orange-White

The home opener is always a good time to go traditional, and white-orange-white is the old stand-by. Just to mix things up a touch — and to give a little treat to the fans — breaking out the sheriff’s badge logo helmet would be a fun change. A fan favorite since its debut, the badge logo will be phased out over the next two years as OSU tries to narrow the scope of its school and athletic logos. So enjoy it while you can.


1 Wild Prediction

Spencer Sanders will have two or fewer incompletions.

Sanders’ accuracy was impressive in the opener at Oregon State, and he should be challenged even less by McNeese’s coverages or quarterback pressure. It seems like an ideal setup for an efficient day.

(Wild Prediction record: Season: 0-1; All-time, 2-25)

Related Photos
Oklahoma State's LD Brown walks during an OSU football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State's LD Brown walks during an OSU football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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