Oct 20, 2012; Stillwater OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh (4) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to Pokes Post’s Big 12 preview! For the next 4 weeks, we will be giving you the low down on all Big 12 games for Oklahoma State this season.
Tonight, we will be previewing Oklahoma State’s conference games against Iowa State and Kansas.
Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Oklahoma State comes into its second conference against Iowa State at an interesting point in the season. With two winnable non-conference games and a conference showdown with Texas Tech that could go either way, the Cowboys will be entering the contest in a few different situations.
1) Undefeated: This would take a major leap in leadership from all around the team and some extremely smart play-making on the part of the Cowboys. To beat the No. 1 team in the nation in college football’s first real week with the College Game Day and the whole nation watching will also take an enormous amount of luck. Like the Vegas Vacation, Mr. Papa Georgio, Winning-every-single-slot-machine-car kind of luck.
2) One loss: This scenario is the most likely, seeing as it would take a lot of things going right for the Cowboys to go on an undefeated run. This game will be significantly easier with out the pressure of being a trap game against a team that has had it in for OSU in the past.
Cincy on the Prowl
3) Two Losses: This possibility is the second most likely, seeing as the Florida State game has its obvious circumstances to overcome, and Texas Tech is a wash to predict at this point. However, once the Cowboys get past the hurdle of Florida State, Texas Tech will not pose that much of a problem.
Regardless of the record Oklahoma State has coming into this game against Iowa State, the Cyclones are not a team to take easy. Paul Rhoads is arguably one of the best coaches in the league and would get much more recognition if not for the sad state of recruiting that Iowa State has to deal with.
However, Iowa State is in a big state of rebuilding as of this moment. It will be hard to for these Cyclones to get a sound footing this season, and a talented team such as Oklahoma State will not be the time.
By this time, Cowboy fans will also have a better idea of how the offense and defense will fare this year. The only chance the Cyclones will have coming into this game is if OSU somehow loses more than 2 games, encounters some injuries, and sends the rest of their talented players to a summer camp instead of the Iowa State game
Winner: Oklahoma State 56 Iowa State 24
Things to look out for: Whether or not the Cowboys come into this game on a roll. This is a home game for the Cowboys, which is usually very favorable. Unless the Cowboys come into too high on themselves, being undefeated, or too low, losing against either UTSA or Texas Tech, this should be an easily won game for all intents and purposes.