Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Season Preview History
2011 Oklahoma State Football Preview:
There’s a buzz around Stillwater that hasn’t been heard in a while. OK State head coach Mike Gundy has the Cowboys on the path for a top-10 finish and possible BCS-bowl run after an 11-win season and a share of the Big 12 South championship.
A bulk of the expectations will rest on the shoulders of a very senior Brandon Weeden, the 28-year-old quarterback who led the team by breaking most of the school records, like passing yards and touchdown passes. A huge blow to the team will be the loss of All-American Kendall Hunter to the NFL, but the Cowboys will look to sophomores Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith to carry the load. What helps Weeden the most, though, is the return of Big 12 Player of the Year, receiver Justin Blackmon. In 2010, he caught a record 1,782 receiving yards last year, and his extra year of collegiate life will help the offense overcome the loss of Hunter.
Defensively, the Cowboys are going to have to remake a wide swath of it since the NFL draft took six, along with two first-team All-Big 12 selections, including corner Andrew McGee. Both their tackles left, leaving two big holes to be filled by senior Jamie Blatnick and sophomore Davidell Collins. While the linebacking corps is still being rebuilt, the staff is hoping that their new look will help them match the underrated numbers put up last year.
2010 Oklahoma State Football Preview:
Oklahoma State's success last season centered largely around their running game. The Cowboys had the top ranked rushing offense in the Big 12 and rode that to a Cotton Bowl appearance against Mississippi.
The offense will look a bit different from 2009, as quarterback Zac Robinson is gone and Dana Holgorsen enters his first year as the team's offensive coordinator. Despite being a run-heavy team a year ago, Holgorsen is widely known for his high-scoring passing game. The former Houston offensive coordinator will have a perfect quarterback for his system as strong-armed junior Brandon Weeden will be under center. The biggest question mark on offense will be the line, as only one starter, Lane Taylor, returns from last year's squad.
The Oklahoma State defense's biggest strength last season was against the run, as it ranked 11th nationally due to allowing a mere 95.8 yards per game. Things may be different this year as only three starters return, though the team hopes to benefit from the return of senior linebacker Orie Lemon who was out all of last year due to an injury. Junior safety Markelle Martin could provide a spark from the defensive backfield as well.
Although the Cowboys have made strides to become nationally relevant, a revamped Oklahoma team and an upstart Texas A&M squad could make it difficult for them to break through.
2009 Oklahoma State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mike Gundy
Oklahoma State Cowboys fans should be jacked up for the 2009 college football season. That is because their OSU Cowboys are going to be one of the best teams in the Big 12 and likely to make noise on the national scene. Pokes Head Coach Mike Gundy returns his top 3 players on an offense that was explosive last season, so the Cowboys hope to keep on rolling. To get where OSU fans want to be (Big 12 Championship Game in Dallas in December) the Cowboys will have to take care of division rivals Texas and Oklahoma. But don't sleep on Oklahoma State in '09, they have one of the best teams in football.
2008 Oklahoma State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mike Gundy
The Oklahoma State Cowboys football team is fast becoming one of the top teams in the Big 12 and could soon become a serious national title contender. The newly remodeled Boone Pickens Stadium and associated athletic complex will rival facilities of most NFL teams. The OSU Cowboys plan to compete at the highest level within the next few years. A game at the stadium - already commonly described as a fanatical experience - will be a wild affair this year as the Cowboys fight to dominate their rivals in the Big 12 South and look for a BCS bowl bid.