Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Oklahoma State Cowboys season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Oklahoma State Cowboys
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Oklahoma State Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
10-3 is in the eye of the beholder.
Consistent excellence is all any fan can reasonably ask for.
Go 10-3 at Oklahoma State for a fourth year in a row and fifth time in six seasons, and 2018 will be a massive success. Go 10-3 over in Norman, and the panic sirens will go off.
Of course, Oklahoma State will never allow itself to be seen as anything lesser than Oklahoma, but … Oklahoma might just be the greatest college football program of all-time. And yet, even against the impossibly unfair standard that OU has set, OSU has been able to do just fine.
Under Mike Gundy, and without a whole lot of comparative recruiting success, OSU has won eight bowl games, managed six double-digit win seasons in the last eight, eight 9+ win years in the last ten, and a 2011 Big 12 championship along the way.
Remembering that this is also being done in the same conference as Texas, and with the occasional big season from a TCU here and a Baylor there, Gundy has put together something amazing.
But last year should’ve been it. That was the team. That was the heater, and that was the chance Gundy and Oklahoma State needed to pounce on.
With Mason Rudolph, James Washington, and an almost unstoppable offense that finished second in the nation, it was all there to finally recapture the 2011 magic and put together a campaign worthy of being in the national title discussion.
But Oklahoma was No. 1 in the nation in total offense. And it had the better quarterback. And it won its third straight Big 12 championship on the way to the Rose Bowl and the College Football Playoff.
Oklahoma State played in the Camping World Bowl and didn’t even get to the Big 12 Championship.
And now everyone will be off the bandwagon. There’s too much turnover on offense, the defense is still just okay, the quarterback situation isn’t settled, Texas and West Virginia improved, and …
Oklahoma State will keep rolling right along.
Nah, this isn’t going to be the type of team that can get into the College Football Playoff, but it might just be good enough to become just the second consensus top ten-ranked team in the Gundy era.
The offense gets the love, but this year, the Cowboy defense will take center stage at times. With a change in coordinators, and with Jim Knowles changing things up to a 4-2-5 alignment, the veteran D that gets back nine starters will do its part.
With a little time, the offensive line will be great, Justice Hill will be one of the nation’s best backs, and after a Battle Royale in fall camp for the starting quarterback spot, the passing game will be explosive and dangerous once again.
Of course Gundy won’t settle for anything less than a Big 12 title, but 10-3 in a rebuilding year? Absolutely – there’s nothing wrong with that.
As long as Oklahoma goes 9-4.