STILLWATER – With head coach Mike Gundy one in 150 career wins, the 11th-ranked Oklahoma State football team is expected to lift the lid on the 2022 football season in less than one week.
Here are the best and worst case scenarios for every game on the Cowboys schedule:
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Sept. 1 vs. Central Michigan (6 p.m., FS1)
Best case: Points on the board early in the game, plenty of reserves in the game for the second half, especially backup quarterbacks Gunnar Gundy and Garret Rangel. The Cowboys need to develop depth and the best way to do that is with game action in not-so-intense situations, like an opening week blowout.
Worst case: Why bother wasting space to explain it. Oklahoma State fans have experienced this scenario before. And for those who don’t know, just Google “Oklahoma State-Central Michigan 2016”.
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Sept. 10 vs. Arizona State (6:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Best case: Based on the chaotic offseason roster turnover the Sun Devils have been dealing with, this is another opportunity for OSU to run smoothly and secure a big lead, providing the opportunity to play more. backups.
Worst case: It is still a Power Five program with talented players in important positions. A shaky offensive performance like the Cowboys did in non-conference games last year, and maybe Arizona State could take advantage of that and pull off a surprise.
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Sept. 17 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6 p.m., ESPN+)
Best case: On September 1, 2012, OSU defeated Savannah State 84-0. It could be a repeat.
Worst case: UAPB was a below-average FCS program last year. He won’t win this game. The danger for OSU is therefore health. To lose a starter or two in a game like this, with Baylor next on the schedule, would be a blow.
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October 1 at Baylor
Best case: Coming off an open week after scouring the non-conference schedule, OSU should be ready for revenge on the Bears, with the sting of that Baylor victory in last year’s Big 12 title game lingering in Stillwater. .
Worst case: OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders threw seven interceptions in two games against Baylor last year. If the Bears are still connected to him, they could swing this one pretty easily.
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October 8 vs. Texas Tech
Best case: On the court for the fourth time in the first five games, the Pokes should feel comfortable and get the win as new Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire still tries to settle in.
Worst case: Oregon transfer quarterback Tyler Shough has a knack for quickly returning Texas Tech to respectability, and an upset at Boone Pickens Stadium would turn a lot of heads.
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October 15 at TCU
Best case: It was one of OSU’s few blowout wins last season, rolling the Horned Frog defense with the running game. This year blowouts are more likely to come in the air, but regardless, the offense has the ability to post big numbers.
Worst case: The Cowboys have been upset in their last two trips to Fort Worth and in three of the last five meetings with TCU overall. Despite the fact that TCU is in its first year with coach Sonny Dykes, the trend remains.
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October 22 vs. Texas
Best case: Nothing to sugarcoat here. The Cowboys have won eight of the last 12 against the Horns, completely reversing the script for the series. And with so many Texas high school players on the OSU roster, this game always means something extra.
Worst case: The Cowboys struggled to slow down Texas running back Bijan Robinson for more than half of the game last year, until the Horns panicked and gave up the rushing offense. If Robinson does it again, don’t expect coach Steve Sarkisian to make the same mistake.
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October 29 in Kansas State
Best case: The Cowboys will reach the last weekend of October having played just two road games, which should make them uncharacteristically fresh at this point in the season. This will help achieve victory in the harsh environment of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Worst case: Manhattan, Kansas hasn’t been kind to the Cowboys over the past decade, with a mix of tight wins and ugly losses. Factor in the recent surge in talent and the Wildcats are in a position to give the Pokes a big L.
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November 5 in Kansas
Best case: OSU hasn’t lost to Kansas since 2007 and only two Cowboys wins in that span have come closer than a two touchdown spread. Add another big win to the ledger.
Worst case: Of course, it’s still Kansas. But these Jayhawks are in a better position to upset — especially on the home court — than any Jayhawks in recent memory.
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Nov. 12 vs. Iowa State
Best case: This should be the black game for Boone Pickens Stadium fans and the Cowboys are undefeated (1-0) in black games.
Worst case: Even though OSU has won a few games recently in the series, Iowa State’s defense has been giving the Pokes trouble. That will keep the Cyclones in this one, and at this point in the season the offense should have found some rhythm with its new quarterback, Hunter Dekkers.
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November 19 at OR
Best case: In Bedlam, there’s only one good scenario for the Cowboys, who will be looking for back-to-back series wins for the first time since 2001-02, and their first victory in Norman since 2014.
Worst case: Cowboy fans know all too well that “here we go again” feeling that creeps into the Bedlam rivalry. At this point in the season, the Sooners should have established what new coach Brent Venables wants from his team, letting the talent take over.
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Nov. 26 vs. West Virginia
Best case: If you’re looking for the hottest seat for a Big 12 trainer, it’s under Neal Brown’s butt. If things go wrong, West Virginia could be in transition mode by Thanksgiving weekend, making it a walk in the park for the Cowboys.
Worst case: One of the biggest unknowns of the Big 12 football season is what kind of impact quarterback JT Daniels will have on the Mountaineers. If things go well, he could win them games they shouldn’t win, like this one.