Miami Hurricanes face OKState run that has succeeded without star Chubba Hubbard

Nov 28, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes will be challenged by an Oklahoma State rushing offense that has succeeded without star Chuba Hubbard who opted out after seven games this season.

Oklahoma State enters the Cheez-it Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday ranking 36th nationally with an average of 194.70 rushing yards per game. The Cowboys have been without star running back Chuba Hubbard for the last three games after the 2019 2,000 yard rusher opted out for the remainder of 2020.

Without Hubbard, Oklahoma State has averaged 242 rushing yards while winning two of their final three games of the 2020 regular season. Dezmon Jackson and Dominic Richardson have paced the Cowboys on the ground without Hubbard. Jackson is second to Hubbard with 526 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Miami is coming off of allowing 554 rushing yards to North Carolina in a 62-26 loss 16 days ago. Coming out with the mindset to stop the run is critical for Miami against Oklahoma State. Richardson has 209 rushing yards this season with three TDs. Richardson ran for 169 yards and three TDs against Baylor.

Oklahoma State is deep at talented at RB. L.D. Brown is expected back from injury for the Cowboys and gives them the threat of scoring whenever he gets carries. Brown finished with 393 rushing yards and three TDs and added five receptions for 66 yards. The Oklahoma State staff expects to use all three RBs.

Oklahoma State led the Big XII with 63 carries of 10 yards or more this season. The Miami run defense is probably shell shocked by the North Carolina game. Miami ranked last in the ACC allowing seven runs of 40 or more yards, five of 50 or more and three of 60 or more. Big runs can demoralize a team.

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Miami has to tighten up the run defense. Oklahoma State also has All-American wide receiver Tylan Wallace for Miami to contain. Defending Oklahoma State will be a challenge for the Miami defense. The Hurricanes have allowed 40 plus points three times this season. A better performance is necccessary versus Oklahoma State.