Gearing up for game day: OSU prepares for SEC fight

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HOUSTON, Texas- Many Cowboy fans are riding high from the Pokes’ selection as the top team in the Big 12.

OSU fans are hoping to see the team’s offensive prowess take center stage on Saturday against unranked Mississippi State.

Head coach Mike Gundy has yet to name a starter for the game but most fans expect to see a mix of Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh throughout the season.

Chelf led the Cowboys to a 59-21 win over Texas Tech and a 55-34 win over West Virginia last season.

In addition, Walsh had three games with 300 or more passing yards.

While most fans expect a show from the quarterbacks, analysts say running back Jeremy Smith could also provide an explosive performance.

In his fifth year, Smith is averaging 6.2 yards per carry, which is second in OSU history to Barry Sanders.

Wide receiver Josh Stewart and defensive tackle Calvin Barnett have already been selected as  preseason first-team All Big 12 honorees.

While Mississippi State goes into the game unranked, coaches know it could still be a tough battle with a team from the SEC.

Cornerback Justin Gilbert is expected to have a big game disrupting any passes down the field from the Bulldogs.

For the fifth time in seven years, OSU is opening its season against a team from a power conference.

Under Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State has racked up a 9 to 6 record against teams in the SEC and are 8 and 1 in their last nine games against teams from the conference.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

The game will be televised on ABC and ESPN2.

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