Oklahoma State Cowboys College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
There’s something to be said for being consistently above-average, but Oklahoma State is way overdue to do something splashy – like get to the Big 12 Championship.
The program has enjoyed 15 straight winning seasons with 15 straight bowl appearances under Mike Gundy, it won four of its last five bowl games, and it finished in the Big 12’s top three in five of the last six seasons and in ten of the last 12.
It’s been a strong run of consistency, but after four ten-win seasons in a five year stretch from 2013 to 2017, OSU hasn’t been above eight wins in any of the last three seasons, and the 23-3 stretch of 2010 and 2011 is now a long, long time ago.
Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas.
Those five teams have been in the Big 12 Championship since the game kicked it back up in the 2017 season after a six-year hiatus.
Throw Kansas State into the mix – and forgetting about Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas A&M – and since the first Big 12 Championship in 1996, six of the ten current conference schools played in the spotlight game.
Oklahoma State might have won the 2011 Big 12 Championship and a piece of the 2010 version, but it joins Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia as the four current Big 12ers to never get that fun extra game.
With only some offense to the conference, it’s a ten-team league that usually has at least two teams each season that stink. So to get there already after this way too long preamble …
Go play in the Big 12 Championship, Oklahoma State.
Set The Oklahoma State Cowboys Regular Season Win Total At … 8
Oklahoma is loaded this year, Iowa State is the media darling, and the attention will be on Texas because it’s Texas and it has a new head coach, but Oklahoma State could be the sneaky-good team in the mix.
The offense needs to be sharper than it was last season, and it should be. The defense needs to be a bit more consistent and a little better than 2020, and it should be.
And again, it’s the Big 12. It’s not the SEC West or Big Ten East. If you’re good enough to be in the top three again, you should be good enough to finally win that one extra game to get to the top two to earn the invite to Arlington.
Road games at Texas and Iowa State will make that tough, and teams like Texas Tech and Kansas State are going to be rough in this super-senior year, so expect yet another very good above-average season with at least eight wins, a bowl appearance, and likely a post-season win.
That’s okay for this consistently rock-solid, but it would be nice to finally get a little bit more.