Oklahoma State easily is losing more talent from the previous year than any other team in the Big XII. All together, the Cowboys return only six offensive starters and four defensive starters from last year’s squad. Still, the Cowboys returns quarterback J.W. Walsh, receiver Jhajuan Seales and running back Desmond Roland, who all have plenty of experience under their belt. College Football predictions experts believe that junior college transfer Tyreek Hill will make a huge impact in Mike Gundy’s high-powered offense as well.
Not many teams have a more difficult opponent in Week 1 than Oklahoma State, especially considering the inexperienced players they will be fielding. Their first game is against the defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles held at a neutral site, and most College Football picks will be against OSU. The Cowboys will have to bring their best defensive effort if they want to have a chance at slowing down reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston and the ‘Noles. Mike Gundy is known for being an aggressive head coach and taking chances during games so don’t be surprised if the ‘Boys hang tough for a couple of quarters in this one.
Outside of Florida State, the Cowboys conference schedule sets up favorably early on. They face the bottom five teams in the conference from a year ago before they face the top teams later in the year. Gundy’s teams traditionally get better as the year goes on so that should lead to some entertaining football during their road trips to Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma and a home date with Texas in a 4-game stretch. There’s no doubt that the Cowboys have the depth to be a solid team well into November, but the question that needs to be answered is whether they have a solid leader to steer them through adversity.
NCAAF expert Predictions: The combination of J.W. Walsh and Tyreek Hill prove to be one of the most dynamic duos in the country. The Cowboys lose a close one to Florida State, but rebound with 9 consecutive wins before dropping their final two games to Oklahoma and Baylor. A solid 9-3 record with a top-20 finish leaves the Cowboys faithful anxious for next year to begin with the stockpile of talent that will be returning.