The Oklahoma State Cowboys play the Miami Hurricanes in the Cheez-It Bowl on Tuesday, December 29th, in Orlando, Florida at Camping World Stadium.
Oklahoma State finished its regular season at 7-3 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 play, which was good enough for third place in the conference standings. The Cowboys ran into inconsistency over the second half of the season alternating between wins and losses in each of their last six games ending with a victory of 42-3 over the Baylor Bears. Oklahoma State's three losses were to Texas, Oklahoma and TCU
Miami finished its regular season 8-2 overall and 7-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference which was good enough for third place in the conference standings behind Notre Dame and Clemson. Miami lost its last regular-season game 62-26 to the North Carolina Tar Heels, which snapped a five-game winning streak for the Hurricanes. The only other loss suffered by Miami during the regular season was a 42-17 set back at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.
(Late line movements and injury reports were updated on Monday evening.)
The line has moved in favor of the home team for this contest as the week has gone on. Oklahoma State opened as a three-point favorite when the lines came out and, as of Monday evening, now stands as a one or 1.5-point favorite at the majority of sportsbooks for this contest. 53 percent of the bets ATS are backing the Cowboys giving the points as they look to earn the victory in the Cheez-It Bowl.
The total for this contest has moved up somewhat during this week. After opening at 58 points, the total has bumped up to 60.5 or 61 points, depending on your sportsbook of choice. A hefty majority, 81 percent, of the bets on the total are expecting this contest to still end up going over the mark.
Game-time Weather: It’s going to be a terrific night in the Sunshine State for this contest. At kickoff, the temperature is expected to be around 70 degrees under intermittent clouds. The mercury will drop down into the mid-60s during the game with the clouds blowing through, leaving clear skies for the game. There is no chance of precipitation in the forecast. Winds are expected from the east-northeast around 10 miles an hour with the wind gusts kicking up to about 14 miles per hour during the game.
Running game is the key for the CowboysThe Oklahoma State Cowboys averaged 194.7 yards per game on the ground which was 36th in the nation, while passing for an average of 233.0 yards per game which was 59th. The Cowboys scored an average of 29.5 points per game, and likely would have scored more if running back Chuba Hubbard was not lost for the season with an injury, However, Dezmond Jackson has filled in well averaging 5.7 yards per carry and had 526 yards rushing. Quarterback Spencer Sanders has passed for 1702 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wide receiver Tylan Wallace has 53 receptions for 877 yards and six touchdowns.
Oklahoma State finished the regular season allowing an average of 21.9 points per game. The Cowboys gave up an average of 205.3 yards per game passing and 160.5 yards per game on the ground. Opposing offenses averaged 4.1 yards per carry against the Cowboys defense. Overall Oklahoma State was 32nd in the nation in defense. Linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga had 76 tackles during the regular season to lead Oklahoma State and linebacker Calvin Bundage was the leader in quarterback sacks with 6.5, while Kolby Harvill-Peel and Tre Sterling each had two interceptions.
Injury Report: Running back LD Brown, kicker Alex Hale, quarterback Shane Illingworth, offensive lineman Teven Jenkins and wide receiver Tylan Wallace are all questionable, while running back Chuba Hubbard is out.
Oklahoma State Injury Report:
OUT: DT Collin Clay, RB Chuba Hubbard, DE Tyren Irby
Questionable: RB L.D. Brown, K Alex Hale, QB Shane Illingworth, OL Teven Jenkins, WR Tylan Wallace
Quarterback D’Eriq King is Catalyst to Miami SuccessThe Miami offense scored an average of 34.0 points per game which was 30th in the nation behind an average of 163.2 yards per game rushing and 269.4 yards per game passing. The success of Miami's offense was mainly due to transfer quarterback D’Eriq King, who passed for 2573 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. King was also the second-leading rusher for the Hurricanes with 520 yards on an average of 4.3 yards per carry. The leading rusher was Cam’Ron Harris with 591 yards rushing and an average of 4.9 yards per carry. The favorite target for King was wide receiver Mike Harley who caught 49 passes for 730 yards with six touchdowns.
The Miami Hurricanes allowed an average of 26.0 points per game. The Hurricanes defense gave up an average of 226.8 yards passing and 180.6 yards rushing, while opposing offenses averaged 4.8 yards per carry. The Hurricanes defense was led by safety Bubba Bolden who had a team-high 65 tackles, defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips with a team-high eight quarterback sacks and cornerback Al Blades Jr with a team-high 2 interceptions, but has been lost with an illness.
Injury Report: Cornerback Al Blades Jr is out for the season with myocarditis, while defensive lineman Jared Harrison Hunte and tight end Larry Hodges are questionable. Also out for the bowl game on December 29th is running back Jaylan Knighton.
Miami (FL) Injury Report:
OUT: CB Al Blades, OL NaVaughn Donaldson, RB Jaylan Knighton, OL Issiah Walker Jr., S Avantae Williams
Questionable: DL Jason Harrison-Hunte, TE Larry Hodges
- Miami is 1-9 ATS in the last 10 bowl games
- The Hurricanes are 2-10 ATS in the last 12 played in December
- Oklahoma State is 14-3 ATS in the last 17 non-conference games
- The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in the last four bowl games