MOBILE, AL, Sporting Alert — No. 11 Oklahoma State is the highlighted team on Friday night in Week 2 of the new College Football season Friday, Sept. 8.
Oklahoma State is coming off a crushing 59-24 victory over Tulsa in the opening week, with Heisman Trophy candidate Mason Rudolph putting on a show.
The senior quarterback was close to flawless against Tulsa, passing for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help the men from Stillwater cruised to victory.
Rudolph enters Friday night’s game needing 244 yards passing to surpass Brandon Weeden (9,260) as the school’s all-time leading passer.
Meanwhile, suffered a 47-27 Saturday defeat to Ole Miss in its season opener and will be hoping to bounce back in Week 2.
The Jaguars, as expected, are massive underdogs against Oklahoma State, but they did beat a Top 25 team last October — then-No. 19 San Diego State — and might fancy their chances again in their home opener.
Still, the home side is not get carried away.
“We saw some really good receivers, and I know that (Oklahoma State) has some really good ones as well,” South Alabama coach Joey Jones said ahead of the clash.
“They also have the No. 1 quarterback in the country. They are going to throw it and run a hurry-up offense every snap.
“I know they are very good.”
ESPN’s Football Power Index is giving Oklahoma State a 95 percent chance to sweep aside South Alabama.
“I think any game, no matter the ranking or who you’re playing or where you’re playing, if you’ve got veteran leaders, experienced guys who have been through all types of game situations, it’s great,” said Rudolph.
“You know how to kind of approach each and every game, each and every environment you’re going to play in, whether it’s in front of 100,000 in Austin or 30,000 or 40,000 down in Mobile. It’s definitely a plus.”
Jaguars quarterback Cole Garvin opened his campaign with an impressive performance against Ole Miss last week, passing for a touchdown and ran for two scores.
He is open for a similar outing against the Cowboys in front of his home supporters.
Meanwhile, the threat of Hurricane Irma has forced the clash between UCF and Memphis to be canceled on Friday.
Hurricane Irma is expected to abuse the state of Florida over the night couple days and officials are very concerned.
College Football Week 2 TV Stream
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017
Matchup Time (ET) TV CHANNEL
Alcorn State at Florida International (in Birmingham) 7:00 pm
Ohio at Purdue 8:00 pm FS1 and Fox Sports Go
No. 11 Oklahoma State at South Alabama 8:00 pm ESPN2 and WatchESPN
Memphis at UCF — Canceled