2015 Record: 7-6
2016 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 8.5*
2016 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Over'
I was bullish on Oklahoma State last year, and they did not disappoint. I correctly predicted that Oklahoma State would win 10 games , and they did just that, surging into the Top 5 before back-to-back tough late-season losses to Baylor and Oklahoma undercut OSU's attempt at winning the Big 12 title. With 17 starters back, including 10 from one of the nation's top offenses, I see more big things in store for Mike Gundy's crew this season.
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Quarterback Mason Rudolph had a stellar sophomore campaign, throwing for 3,700 yards and 21 touchdowns. He will sling it behind his entire returning starting offensive line, including three-year starters Mike Wilson and Zach Crabtree. Rudolph has two of his top three receivers back as well. Last season was a major bounce back for Gundy's offense, which managed just 27.6 points per game in 2014 before notching 39.5 per outing last year.
Defensively, Oklahoma State continues to be a turnover-or-bust group. They were once again in the Top 20 in both interceptions and fumble recoveries, combining to force nearly three turnovers per game. The strength of this team is the secondary, where a trio of three-year starters and five of last year's starting back seven return.
Last year the Cowboys faced their three toughest opponents - Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma - in Stillwater. This year it is the opposite as they face all three on the road. The TCU game, as well as OSU's game against Texas, comes after the opponent had a bye week. Add in a tough trip to Manhattan, and Oklahoma State has the most difficult road schedule in the Big 12.
However, I still think the Cowboys are flat-out better than Baylor and TCU. And with five of their first six games at home, Oklahoma State should once again build up a big head of steam going into the meat of league play. I loved Oklahoma State to fly over their season win total last year. I like them nearly as much this season. I think that their worst-case scenario is 9-3, and I think Oklahoma State will win double-digit games for the third time in four years. And if things break right this team could be a dark horse for the college playoff.
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