1. OKLAHOMA STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
There’s a lot not to like coming off a seven-win season.
The Cowboys need to come up with a new starting quarterback, the defense will undergo an overhaul on the front six, and the secondary – while talented and good – has to figure out how to intercept a pass.
Three of the first four games are on the road, five of the first eight are away from Stillwater, and it’s a backloaded slate with a trip at West Virginia and the showdown against Oklahoma to close things out, but …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
About that first part of the season with the road game run to kick things off, one of the dates is at Oregon State, and one of them is at Tulsa. Before getting a week off, four of the first five games are against teams that didn’t go bowling.
TCU and Oklahoma are going to be among the four best teams in the conference, and both of those games are in Stillwater, and there are only two games outside of Oklahoma after October 5th.
The quarterback situation will be fine, the skill players are amazing, and the offense will be among the nation’s most explosive again. The D won’t be Alabama’s, but it has talent in the secondary and the pass rush should still be there despite the loss of so many key producers.
The Cowboys will lose two of the four road games against Texas, Iowa State, Texas Tech and West Virginia, and they’ll drop two of the home dates against Kansas State, Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma.
There’s just enough uncertainty to keep the Cowboys from going to the Big 12 Championship, but they’ll be better, and they’ll come up with a stronger season.