Preview 2017: He's A Man, He's Going To Be 50. Win The Big 12

Preview 2017: He's A Man, He's Going To Be 50. Win The Big 12

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Preview 2017: He's A Man, He's Going To Be 50. Win The Big 12

Preview 2017: Can Oklahoma State Win The Big 12?


After several years of being really good, can Oklahoma State finally be good enough to challenge for the national title?


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2017 Oklahoma State Preview: What You Need To Know
2017 Oklahoma State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
– Oklahoma State Previews: 2016 | 2015

Okay, Oklahoma State. What’s missing? Why can’t you finally take that one extra step to be in the national title discussion?

Of course, there’s the 12-1 2011 team that won the Big 12 title got hosed by the BCS – and would’ve been in a College Football Playoff – but that’s been about it. That was the only team in the 12-year Mike Gundy era that finished in the top ten in both final polls.

Why can’t you go from being very good to very great? What’s the problem?

Yeah, Oklahoma’s been terrific, but Baylor and TCU were able to make some noise in the CFP title chase a few years ago.

Yeah, three ten-win seasons in the last four is strong by just about any reasonable measure, but not when the Sooners have three 11-win seasons in that same four-year span.

Yeah, the Gundy mullet is a cute gimmick, but he’s a man, and he’s going to be 50 this football season. After 104 wins and one Big 12 title, where’s this whole thing going?

Maybe the problem is a defense that couldn’t quite do enough last year. Maybe it’s because Oklahoma was just better over the last few years.

Or, maybe it’s an attitude by a program that puts 11-2 on its bowl rings, and not acknowledging that 1) it shouldn’t have been that close at home against Central Michigan, and 2) yes, while it was a horrible break and a bad misfire by the officials, it was a loss, and if the same thing happened in the reverse, it wouldn’t have given the win back.

But now there’s a new chance to be great. Now, there’s a Big 12 Championship Game to shoot for, with a shot at going to the College Football Playoff if the team can get to the game 11-1 or better.

The defense isn’t going to be good enough to get it done, but the offense will be.

The return of future NFL franchise quarterback, Mason Rudolph, and future pro deep threat receiver, James Washington, certainly helps the cause for what should be one of of the nation’s most devastating attacks.

The rest of the receiving corps is beyond loaded, Justice Hill is one of the best backs in the Big 12, and the line is full of veterans.

Be shocked if this isn’t a top ten offense that hangs 500 yards and 40+ points on the board on a weekly basis. And with this defense, it might need to.

There’s talent on the outside up front, there’s a few good linebackers, and the safety situation is fine, but it’ll be bombs away on the corners. But that’s okay – the Cowboys are used to their share of firefights.

The return game should be among the best in the Big 12, Zach Sinor is an all-star-caliber punter, and the the program always gets big production out of the kicking game.

The schedule isn’t even going to be that big a problem – at least, it’s not for a team good enough to play for the Big 12 title and, potentially, get into the College Football Playoff.

Tulsa is really, really dangerous, and going to Pitt is scary, but TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas State all have to come to Stillwater. Going on the road to Texas Tech, Texas and West Virginia will be a fight, but again, is Oklahoma State really ready to become great? If so, all three of those are wins.

At the very least, Gundy should have the second-best team in the Big 12 coming into the season. That’s good enough, now, to get into that conference title game. That’s good enough, now, to keep this program in the ten-win range.

Not, it’s good enough for Gundy to come up with a really big year for the first time since 2011 and end up with something great.

2017 Oklahoma State Preview: What You Need To Know
2017 Oklahoma State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
– Oklahoma State Previews: 2016 | 2015

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