The Oklahoma State Cowboys are off their 3 rd double digit win season in their last 4 years, but are not happy that way last year ended, losing the Big 12 Title on the last game of the season and then losing to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. This the Cowboy return just 8 starters and lose 28 seniors from last year’s team. Can you say rebuilding? Preview & schedule are below.
The offense for the Cowboys has put big numbers in recent year’s but may take step back this year, with just 4 returning starters back and no clear cut QB coming out of spring camp. JT Walsh is probably the logical choice for the job, after splitting time with Clint Shelf last year. JT has lost some key WRs from last year, but they have recruited well in this area and there are some solid youngsters ready to step in, including JC transfer Tyreek Hill, who has world class speed. Desmond Roland Was signed as a WR, but ended up being a RB and leading the team in rushing last year with 811 yards and 13 TDs. He will be joined in the backfield by rFr Ra’Shaad Samples, who was the #34 RB coming out of HS. The OL is the strength of this offense, with 3 senior starters in the lineup, including All-Big 12 second team OT Daniel Koenig. The defense was hit harder, as they have just 16 of 31 lettermen back this year. This defense has just 1 of their top 9 tacklers back and that is MLB Ryan Simmons, who had 67 tackles, including 9 for loss. The DL is the most experienced group on this defense, with 3 senior starters and 1 junior starter in the lineup. DT James Castleman leads this group and is on the All Big-12 second team. The secondary has just 1 starter back, and is a very inexperienced group overall, with not much depth.
The seniors that just graduated had the best 4 year run of any Cowboy senior group. The Cowboys must now hope that solid recruiting classes they have had the last few years can pay dividends, cause most of those youngsters will be call on here. The Cowboys have just 38 returning lettermen and have been rated as the least experienced team in the Nation. The offense will still put up points, but I don’t see 40+ from them this year, while the defense will take a few steps back after leading the Big 12 in scoring defense last year. This team has slightly above average talent overall with not much depth and will be taking on a schedule that features road games vs TCU, Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma, plus a neutral site game vs Florida state to open the season and they get Texas at home. I still see this team playing in a bowl game, but no more than a 7-5 record on the year. KEY TREND: 11-1 ATS the last 12 games played at Kansas.
2014 Oklahoma State Football Schedule
Sat, Aug 30th, 2014 at Florida State
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 Missouri State
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 TX-San Antonio
Thu, Sep 25th, 2014 Texas Tech
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 Iowa State
Sat, Oct 11th, 2014 at Kansas
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 at TCU
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 West Virginia
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 at Kansas State
Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 Texas
Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 at Baylor
Sat, Dec 6th, 2014 at Oklahoma
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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