Oklahoma State Football: Ranking every game on the 2017 schedule

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Nov 12, 2016; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Derrick Moncrief (36) celebrates with fans after the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium. Cowboys won 45-44. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

With the release of the Oklahoma State 2017 complete football schedule last week, we take a look at the ranking of each game by toughness.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys Big 12 football schedule was released just last week. You can view OK State’s entire 2017 football schedule here.

With the announcement of star quarterback and wide receiver duo Mason Rudolph and James Washington likely returning for their senior seasons, the 2017 season looks a lot more exciting for the Pokes. Moreover, it is the first time since 2011 that the Cowboys do not have a single FCS team on the schedule. It should be a fun season to watch for OK State fans.

Now we are looking at all the games on the schedule for the Cowboys and how each one of them stacks up by projected toughness and overall significance.

There are a few key changes to the lineup of games in 2017. First, the Big 12 announced that they will be adding a conference championship game despite not expanding to 12 or 14 teams. Furthermore, the annual Bedlam game against the Oklahoma Sooners was moved to Nov. 4, likely because of the last two meetings between OU and OSU being a de facto Big 12 title game.

The games will be ranked by a few factors including projected toughness of the opponent, whether it is a home or road game, projected significance of the specific matchup at that point in the season, and level of rivalry between the two teams.

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