OSU ranks #3 offense, #101 defense, #1 TOs


Oklahoma State visits Jack Trice Stadium Friday night and it will bring the nation’s No. 2 ranking, a 10-0 record and an interesting statistical resume.

Much has been written about the Cowboys’ offense and its stable of playmakers working in tandem with a veteran line. Their statistics are video game-like.

OSU is third nationally in total offense (565.3 ypg). They score more than 50 points per game overall. At the same time, their defense surrenders 442.2 ypg and is ranked 101st nationally. There is a difference of 98 places between the NCAA rankings of their total offense and total defense.

In the last three years, only nine schools – Baylor (2011), Tulsa (2010), Michigan (2010), Texas Tech (2010), Houston (2009), Troy (2009), Texas A&M (2009), Idaho (2009) and Utah State (2009) – had differentials of 98 or more between their offensive and defensive rankings.

The cumulative record of those nine schools was 68-48 and only the Bears (6-3) and Tulsa (10-3) lost fewer than four times. Oklahoma State is undefeated this year, so the question is why?

The separator between this year’s Cowboys and those other schools is their No. 1 national ranking in turnover margin. The OSU defense has created 34 turnovers this fall, five more than anyone else in the nation.

If you are looking for a Cyclone key, you might start with protecting the ball.

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