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No. 17 Boise St. at

No. 24 Oklahoma St.

2:30 p.m. Saturday • Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater

Need-to-know info

TV: ESPN

Radio: KFAQ am1170

Satellite: Sirius 137, XM 199

Online: http://okla.st/ osutunein

Records: Boise State 2-0, OSU 2-0

All-time series: This is the first meeting.

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James Aydelott’s forecast

Partly cloudy. Kickoff temp 88°

Four downs

First down | Top storyline

Block chain

A week ago, the quarterback was the question. Taylor Cornelius responded by passing for more than 400 yards, but the offensive line in front of him was below average. Can Oklahoma State win the battle with Boise State up front? It could decide the game.

Second down | Key matchup

Boise State receivers vs. OSU secondary

Sean Modster, a 5-foot-11 senior, emerged as the Broncos’ top option with a 165-yard, two-touchdown performance at Troy, and followed it up with six catches last week. But it was 6-2 junior John Hightower and 6-0 senior A.J. Richardson who went over 100 yards against Connecticut. Facing three receivers capable of big days, Oklahoma State’s secondary — led by A.J. Green — will face one of its biggest challenges of the season.

Third down | Player to watch

Justice Hill

Let’s not get too clever here. For Oklahoma State’s first big game of the season, the focus should be on the Cowboys’ best player. Hill carried the ball just 19 times in his first two games. He could carry it 26 times Saturday and still average 15 per game for the season — the number Mike Gundy wants Hill to stay near. Also know this: Hill has been held to less than 4 yards per carry in consecutive games just once.

Four down | Who wins and why?

OSU’s backfield talent makes the difference

From Bill Haisten: Oklahoma State won’t contend in the Big 12 unless it has a strong run game, and the run game was sluggish against South Alabama. It must be emphasized and executed Saturday. OSU’s backfield personnel are the driving force in a 41-35 Cowboys victory.

Mark Cooper 

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mark.cooper@tulsaworld.com

Twitter: @mark_cooperjr

This article originally ran on tulsaworld.com.

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