Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa, Week 1: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online (08/31/17)

The two teams face off in an in-state clash for the first time since 2011. The Cowboys are trying to position themselves as College Football Playoff contenders, while the Golden Hurricane will attempt to build off a 10-3 campaign last season.

Coach Mike Gundy and his squad are one of the favorites in the Big 12, ranked No. 10 in the country in the preseason AP Top 25. They’re also a dark horse pick for the playoff, and quarterback is one of the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. They face an explosive Tulsa team that finished second in the AAC West last season.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to catch the game.

Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa game time, details

Date: Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. CT

Location: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Okla.

Line: Oklahoma State (-17)

What TV channel is Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa on?

Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa will be televised on FS1.

How can I watch Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa online?

Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa can be streamed, where available, on Fox Sports Go with a cable or satellite subscription.

How can I listen to Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa on the radio?

Fans in Oklahoma City can listen to the game on KXXY 96.1 FM and KEBC 1340 AM. Fans in Stillwater can hear it on KSPI 93.7 FM and KGFY 105.5 FM.

Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa keys to the game

1. James Washington’s health

Cowboys fans got a scare before the start of the season when it was revealed top receiver James Washington was suffering from a hernia injury. However, the preseason All-American dismissed concerns about the injury, saying he’s played with it for a long time. The Pokes have one of the nation’s best offenses when Washington is on the field. Fans may still be a little nervous, but if the senior wideout is his normal self against Tulsa, the Cowboys should have no problems.

2. How good is the Cowboys’ defense?

With Washington, Mason Rudolph and Justice Hill, the Cowboys shouldn’t have any issues scoring points. The question is whether they can get enough stops to compete on a national level. The Cowboys lost two of their top defenders from last season in defensive tackle Vincent Taylor and defensive back Jordan Sterns, and they already struggled at times on that side of the ball last season. Tulsa averaged 42.5 points per game last season. Philip Montgomery’s offense will provide a good test for Oklahoma State from the first snap.

3. Avoiding early season sluggishness

The 2016 season for the Cowboys was shaped by their upset loss to Central Michigan in nonconference play. An officiating gaffe cost them a win, but the game should never have been that close. Gundy’s squad needs to establish a lead early and not end up in a possible upset situation again. If the Cowboys can get up big and cruise, it’ll be a good start to fulfilling their playoff aspirations

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