Wednesday August 26th, 2015

After a 7-6 finish, its worst since 2007, Oklahoma State will look to bounce back behind quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was forced to burn his redshirt last season but returns with big-game experience and nearly all of his main targets around him. There are question marks at running back, but a deep, experienced defense should keep the Cowboys in games and help return them to Big 12 prominence. At present they sit outside the Top 25, but the opportunity for conference success and beyond awaits.

Central Michigan also finished 7-6 last season in the MAC in an up-and-down campaign. Quarterback Cooper Rush, who threw seven touchdowns (an FBS bowl record) in last year's Bahamas Bowl, returns, but the majority of positions are up for grabs. If the Chippewas can sort out the depth chart and a fairly experienced defense takes a step forward, another bowl appearance is within reach.

How to watch

Details for Thursday's game are below.

Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV Coverage: ESPNU

Radio: For a list of Oklahoma State radio affiliates, click here. For a list of Central Michigan affiliates, click here.

Team schedules

Oklahoma State

Sept. 3: at Central Michigan

Sept. 12: vs. Central Arkansas

Sept. 19: vs. Texas-San Antonio

Sept. 26: at Texas

Oct. 3: vs. Kansas State

Oct. 10: at West Virginia

Oct. 24: vs. Kansas

Oct. 31: at Texas Tech

Nov. 7: vs. TCU

Nov. 14: at Iowa State

Nov. 21: vs. Baylor

Nov. 28: vs. Oklahoma

Central Michigan

Sept. 3: vs. Oklahoma State

Sept. 12: vs. Monmouth

Sept. 19: at Syracuse

Sept. 26: at Michigan State

Oct. 3: vs. Northern Illinois

Oct. 10: at Western Michigan

Oct. 17: vs. Buffalo

Oct. 24: at Ball State

Oct. 31: at Akron

Nov. 10: vs. Toledo

Nov. 18: at Kent State

Nov. 27: vs. Eastern Michigan

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