It’s difficult to find a more demanding November schedule than the one Oklahoma State faces in 2018.
The Cowboys don’t have the “toughest” three-game stretch of 2018. That honor belongs to Oregon State, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.
But Oklahoma State’s regular-season slate is capped by games at Oklahoma (Nov. 10), West Virginia in Stillwater, Okla., (Nov. 17) and at TCU (Nov. 24).
Once again, they face a grueling November and will be doing so without the prolific pass-catch combo of Mason Rudolph and James Washington. It’s still weird to see Bedlam not coming at the end of the season, but this tough stretch starts with a trip to No. 5 Oklahoma. Then comes a home game against No. 11 West Virginia and one of the top returning passers in the country, Will Grier. The three-game gauntlet is capped by a trip to No. 20 TCU, which just seems to reload every year under Gary Patterson and won in Stillwater last season when the Cowboys were ranked No. 6 nationally.
It’s certainly a gauntlet, but it’s just life in the competitive Big 12.
Oklahoma State should be somewhat displeased, however, with how its 2018 Big 12 schedule shook out.
The Cowboys’ two toughest road games (Oklahoma and TCU) in a three-week span? Not ideal.
Oklahoma State likely will be more prepared for TCU than it was a season ago when the teams met in September.
Coach Mike Gundy’s group needs all the preparation it can get with new starters guaranteed for both sides of the ball at key positions.
Can the Cowboys duplicate their success in 2018? It’s possible with an easier early schedule.
Oklahoma State might be able to carry some momentum into their murderous November stretch.
How the Cowboys come out of it, however, likely defines their season.
For Low’s complete rankings of college football’s toughest three-game stretches of 2018, visit ESPN.