Oklahoma State’s streak of 10-win seasons might come to an end, says CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli.
The Cowboys have won 10 games for three consecutive seasons — a school record. Prepare the bulletin boards, coach Mike Gundy.
The nonconference is manageable, as all three games are at home against Missouri State, South Alabama and Boise State. The only one I see the Cowboys even having trouble is that Boise game. The conference slate provides some challenges, though. First of all, Oklahoma State has to play both Oklahoma and TCU on the road in November. There’s a very good chance they’ll be the underdog in both of those contests, and should they lose them, that means they’d need to be a perfect 10-0 in the rest of the schedule.
The Cowboys’ 2018 schedule presents a few issues. Road games at Oklahoma and TCU are bound to be difficult. But the inexperienced group could be close to overcoming any growing pains by November.
Rebuild or reload?
Gundy has his work cut out for him with replacing quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receivers James Washington and Marcell Ateman on offense. The Cowboys will rely on Hawaii graduate transfer Dru Brown, one of Rudolph’s 2017 backups or incoming freshman Spencer Sanders to lead the offense.
The defense loses several key pieces, as well. Oklahoma State hired Jim Knowles as its defensive coordinator to replace Glenn Spencer this offseason. A new regime might be just as good for Oklahoma State’s defense, however, as anything.
The Cowboys are in the middle of spring practices, while Oklahoma State’s Orange Blitz spring football game is scheduled for April 28.
Oklahoma State opens its season with Missouri State on Sept. 1.