OSU Still Has Lots to Play For, Be Thankful For
(Stillwater)- OSU coaches, players and fans are no doubt disappointed in the walloping delivered by Texas Tech in Lubbock. It was an almost flawless performance by the Red Raiders after the first series, which saw Tech fumble, and OSU take a 7-0 lead as a result of the miscue. But it was all Tech after that, the final result a 56-20 loss that drops the Cowboys to fourth in the Big 12 standings. Before Tech, the Cowboys were still in the hunt for the Big 12 Title. But OSU still has a lot to play for, and a lot to get ready for.
For starters, Boulder is not an easy place to play. Just ask the Oklahoma Sooners, who saw the wheels come off the Schooner last year in Boulder. Colorado is not a good team, but OSU is not a good enough team to overlook a bad team. A win for the Buffaloes would be the signature win of their season, and the Buffs and their fans are starving for such a win this season. It would be easy for OSU to look past Colorado, but they can't afford to do so, or this season which has been above average, starts to look pretty average.
On the other hand, a win over Colorado would put the Cowboys in good standing for the Bedlam game, with a chance to pluck a Big 12 title off the table for Oklahoma, and secure one of the top bowl games as a season's reward.
No, it isn't the goal that the team and players set for themselves. The fans certainly aren't happy about the loss to Tech. But a win in the last two games would likely put Oklahoma State back in the top ten, three straight could have them in the top five at season's end depending on how it all plays out.
This time last season, OSU was not in the top 25, and still hoping to win enough games to be bowl eligible. Discussion on the chat boards was how many games Mike Gundy would have to win THIS season to keep his job.
It's safe to say that Gundy will be around a while longer, but the Cowboy faithful DO hanker for more. Lots more. Right now, 11 wins are still possible this season. That's a whole lot more than OSU fans had going this time last year, and enough to get behind the team for the two remaining regular season games.