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After what seems like a decade, the Bears return home to McLane Stadium, which will be Blacked Out for Oklahoma State. It's time to take a First Look at the Cowboys.

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vs.
6/6/7 BAYLOR (8-1, 5-1) vs. NR/NR/NR OKLAHOMA STATE (5-5, 3-4)
Nov. 22, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (46,140)

TV: FOX
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WEATHER FORECAST: 90% chance of thunderstorms likely with winds out of the South-Southwest at 10-20 mph. High of 68º F (Wunderground puts the temp at 63º at game time).
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#EveryoneInBlack

Unless you're a Luddite (and if you are, how exactly are you reading this? Did someone transcribe it by hand and give it to you to read? Let us know in the comments—dang it, you're a Luddite and can't), you are acutely aware that this weekend's tilt with Oklahoma State is the second annual Blackout game and first-ever in McLane Stadium. It's going to be loud, raucous, and incredibly fun, provided we don't get absolutely soaked. Get your black rain slickers ready!

And then there was this little bit of genius from @nick_pants, born out of me randomly tweeting a quote from the LEGO Movie (because I was watching it):

To paraphrase Vetruvius, That idea is just. The. Best.

Oklahoma State Cowboys 2014 Schedule

August
Florida State Seminoles Saturday, August 30 2014 loss 31-37 coverage
September
Missouri St. Bears Saturday, September 06 2014 win 40-23 coverage
Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners Saturday, September 13 2014 win 43-13 coverage
Texas Tech Red Raiders Thursday, September 25 2014 win 45-35 coverage
October
Iowa St. Cyclones Saturday, October 04 2014 win 37-20 coverage
@ Kansas Jayhawks Saturday, October 11 2014 win 27-20 coverage
@ TCU Horned Frogs Saturday, October 18 2014 loss 9-42 coverage
West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday, October 25 2014 loss 10-34 coverage
November
@ Kansas State Wildcats Saturday, November 01 2014 loss 14-48 coverage
Texas Longhorns Saturday, November 15 2014 loss 7-28 coverage
@ Baylor Bears Saturday, November 22 2014 7:30 PM EST coverage
December
@ Oklahoma Sooners Saturday, December 06 2014 12:00 PM EST coverage

Once upon a time, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were 5-1 and ranked #15 in the country. Then their real schedule began. TCU slaughtered them 42-9 (in a win that was initially used as justification for TCU's high ranking by the CFP Selection Committee), and that began a four game skid against the meat of their schedule. Consecutive losses to West Virginia, Kansas State, and Texas mean the Cowboys' bowl hopes are in serious jeopardy. They'll have to hope for an upset over either Baylor this week or the Bedlam game in Norman on December 6 to become bowl eligible. Conventional wisdom says hope is bleak for this Cowboys team.

Oklahoma State Individual Statistics

Quarterbacks

Passing
Rk Player Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1 Daxx Garman 152 277 54.9 2041 7.4 6.3 12 12 122.4
2 J.W. Walsh 20 36 55.6 233 6.5 5.8 1 1 113.5
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/18/2014.

J.W. Walsh injured his foot in the second game of the season, thrusting junior Daxx Garman into the starting role. While his completion percentage and yardage look solid, he's thrown as many interceptions as he has touchdowns on the season, and Oklahoma State's offense has struggled frequently against top Big 12 competition. The offense hasn't scored more than 20 points since Iowa State on October 4 (the game-winning touchdown against Kansas came on a kickoff return).

Running Backs

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Desmond Roland 136 533 3.9 7 2 -5 -2.5 0 138 528 3.8 7
2 Tyreek Hill 89 444 5.0 1 24 253 10.5 1 113 697 6.2 2
3 Rennie Childs 61 227 3.7 2 61 227 3.7 2
4 Raymond Taylor 18 70 3.9 0 18 70 3.9 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/18/2014.

Not the greatest numbers there. We'll look at the advanced stats more in-depth later on in the week, but the Cowboys' rushing attack checks in this week at 100 in Rushing S&P. It's not good. Desmond Roland is averaging nearly 4 yards per carry, but was beset by family tragedy a few weeks ago when his mother passed away. Tyreek Hill has been somewhat better, averaging nearly 5 yards per carry. Beyond that, though, the Cowboys are not having much success on the ground.

Wide Receivers

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Rk Player Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 David Glidden 34 450 13.2 1 34 450 13.2 1
2 Brandon Sheperd 1 51 51.0 0 25 436 17.4 2 26 487 18.7 2
3 James Washington 1 20 20.0 0 20 284 14.2 4 21 304 14.5 4
4 Marcell Ateman 20 268 13.4 0 20 268 13.4 0
5 Jajuan Seales 17 258 15.2 3 17 258 15.2 3
6 Tyreek Hill 89 444 5.0 1 24 253 10.5 1 113 697 6.2 2
7 Blake Jarwin 4 93 23.3 1 4 93 23.3 1
8 Austin Hays 9 57 6.3 0 9 57 6.3 0
9 Jeremy Seaton 5 56 11.2 0 5 56 11.2 0
10 Chris Lacy 4 47 11.8 0 4 47 11.8 0
11 Kameron Doolittle 2 40 20.0 0 2 40 20.0 0
12 C.J. Curry 2 18 9.0 0 2 18 9.0 0
13 Ra'Shaad Samples 3 11 3.7 0 3 11 3.7 0
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/18/2014.

There's some talent in this receiving corps, but their production the last few weeks has been downright awful, owing largely to the fact that Daxx Garman doesn't have much time to get rid of the football. Texas sacked him seven times. That said, Tyreek Hill is an absolute freak of an athlete, and possesses the capability to burn you at any time.

Oklahoma State Team Stats and Rankings

Statistic National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value National Leader Value Conference
Leader
Value
3rd Down Conversion 112 10 0.336 Georgia Tech 0.583 Kansas St. 0.479
3rd Down Defense 65 5 0.399 Clemson 0.257 TCU 0.298
4th Down Conversion 79 5 0.462 Minnesota 0.857 Baylor 0.767
4th Down Defense 9 3 0.250 Arkansas 0.143 Baylor 0.176
Blocked Kicks 3 1 5 Northwestern
Eastern Mich.
6
6
Oklahoma St. 5
Blocked Kicks Allowed 1 1 0 40 teams tied 0 Iowa St.
Texas Tech
Oklahoma St.
0
0
0
Blocked Punts 2 1 2 Temple 3 Oklahoma St. 2
Blocked Punts Allowed 1 1 0 88 teams tied 0 9 teams tied 0
Completion Percentage 98 10 0.548 UCLA 0.720 West Virginia 0.680
Defensive TDs 32 2 2 Washington 7 Oklahoma 3
Fewest Penalties 56 4 59 Navy 24 Kansas St. 32
Fewest Penalties/Game 58 4 5.90 Navy 2.40 Kansas St. 3.56
Fewest Penalty Yards 71 4 550 Navy 242 Kansas St. 290
Fewest Pen Yds/Game 71 4 55.00 Navy 24.20 Kansas St. 32.22
First Downs Defense 67 5 214 Wisconsin 129 Baylor 152
First Downs Offense 96 9 189 Washington St. 276 Baylor 266
Fumbles Lost 12 3 4 Nevada
Missouri
1
1
Oklahoma 2
Fumbles Recovered FIU 19 TCU 11
Kickoff Return Defense 46 5 19.90 UConn 14.86 Kansas St. 16.45
Kickoff Returns 39 4 22.44 Western Mich. 26.70 West Virginia 24.96
Net Punting 18 2 40.06 Idaho 43.29 Baylor 40.63
Passes Had Intercepted 100 8 13 Oregon
Northern Ill.
Army
2
2
2
Baylor 4
Passes Intercepted 58 5 9 Louisville 22 TCU 17
Passing Offense 68 8 227.4 Washington St. 477.6 Baylor 354.2
Passing Yards Allowed 116 9 284.9 San Jose St. 127.2 Texas 182.0
Pass Yards/Completion 30 4 13.22 Georgia Tech 18.34 Baylor 15.33
Punt Return Defense 11 2 3.43 TCU -0.29 TCU -0.29
Punt Returns 64 6 7.72 Auburn 18.20 Kansas St. 17.18
Red Zone Defense 70 5 0.838 Mississippi St. 0.611 Kansas 0.732
Red Zone Offense 14 2 0.906 UCLA 0.974 Kansas St. 0.911
Rushing Defense 35 5 139.5 Penn St. 83.1 Baylor 107.8
Rushing Offense 95 8 139.6 Navy 354.8 Oklahoma 240.9
Sacks Allowed 116 10 3.20 New Mexico St. 0.50 Oklahoma 0.60
Scoring Defense 89 7 30.0 Ole Miss 11.9 Baylor
Texas
21.0
21.0
Scoring Offense 80 7 26.3 Baylor 50.1 Baylor 50.1
Tackles for Loss Allowed 112 10 7.40 Marshall 2.90 Baylor 3.78
Team Passing Efficiency 81 8 120.99 Oregon 185.13 Baylor 157.80
Passing Eff. Defense 95 9 137.88 Penn St. 96.89 Texas 106.32
Team Sacks 23 3 2.80 Utah 4.70 Texas 3.36
Team Tackles for Loss 15 3 7.3 Clemson 10.0 TCU 7.8
Time of Possession 113 8 27:31 UTEP 35:43 Kansas St. 31:55
Total Defense 85 7 424.4 Wisconsin 244.0 Baylor 322.2
Total Offense 92 7 367.0 Baylor 585.1 Baylor 585.1
Turnover Margin 111 8 -0.80 Michigan St. 1.80 TCU 1.40
Turnovers Gained 119 9 9 FIU 31 TCU 28
Turnovers Lost 61 7 17 Georgia 6 Baylor
Kansas St.
8
8
Winning Percentage 64 7 0.500 Florida St.
Marshall
1.000
1.000
TCU 0.900

QUESTION TIME!

  • FIRST — Do you have any specific questions about the Cowboys that we can have answered?
  • SECOND — What concerns about the team do you have at this point, if any?
  • THIRD — What aspect of the team are you most looking forward to seeing on Saturday?
  • FOURTH — The Bears return to McLane Stadium after what feels like a decade. Give me a turnt rating for how excited you are to see the team take the field again. Gifs encouraged.
  • FIFTH — BLACKOUT!!!! Ms. Josie Drago is preparing some Blackout-themed music. Tell us what Blackout music you want to hear. BONUS: Tell us what Blackout gear you're planning on donning, regardless of whether or not you're going to the game.