Oklahoma State is poised to have one of the best defenses in college football entering the 2017 season, and at least one coach outside of Stillwater agrees with that opinion of the Cowboys’ unit.
According to Sports Illustrated, an anonymous coach from a rival of Oklahoma State said the Cowboys’ defensive line is set apart from the rest of college football by not having a “weakness” – something which he claimed “most teams have.” The coach praised the unit’s stunting and blitzing, and went on to say that Oklahoma State is “one of the tougher defenses to play against and prepare for,” according to Sports Illustrated.
The Cowboys’ defense was ranked No. 53 in the nation last season, allowing an average of 26.5 points per game. The unit made a statement in its season finale, however, holding No. 10 Colorado to just 8 points in the Valero Alamo Bowl. This year’s unit is marked by the return of safeties Za’Carrius Green and Ramon Richards, among others.
Sports Illustrated picked Oklahoma State to make the College Football Playoff in its preseason predictions. If that prediction is to hold true, the Cowboys’ defense may very well have to live up to the hype surrounding this season.