Oklahoma State Cowboys 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Oklahoma State Cowboys 2016 Preview
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys have established themselves as one of the more consistent teams in college football with double-digit wins in four of their last six seasons. Now, the Cowboys hope they can take the next step and compete for a Big 12 title.
Here is your 2016 Oklahoma State Cowboys college football preview.
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Offense: Oklahoma State is set offensively with Mason Rudolph returning at quarterback and James Washington at wide receiver. Rudolph threw for more than 3,700 yards and 21 touchdowns, while Washington had 1,087 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Marcell Ateman returns for his senior season and Jalen McCleskey should be able to build on his freshman year. The Cowboys will be an explosive offensive team once again. If there’s one concern, it’s the ground game that struggled all year. Having an offensive line that returns all five starters should improve things.
Defense: Oklahoma State doesn’t get much shine for its defense but has a group of athletes who can blossom into playmakers. Linebacker Jordan Burton and safety Jordan Sterns are some of the best players at their position in the Big 12. Vincent Taylor is coming off a strong sophomore season in which he had 8.5 tackles for loss and linebacker Chad Whitener really shined in his first full season of action. Jarrell Owens and Cole Walterscheid are also young talents who should boost the defensive line. The bottom line is Oklahoma State returns its top-four tacklers from last season and has a group of guys who make game changing plays. OK State is a team that forced 28 turnovers last season and there will be a lot of victories if a number like that can continue.
Special Teams: Zach Sinor returns at punter after averaging 40.1 yards on 75 attempts. Ben Grogan returns at kicker after making 16 of 20 field goals and 61 of 64 extra points.
Outlook: The Oklahoma State Cowboys had a chance to win the Big 12 last year and sneak into the playoffs before choking down the stretch. With everybody returning on the offensive end, Mike Gundy and his guys have another chance. There’s no reason why Oklahoma State can’t push for double-digit wins and a possible playoff berth if everybody can stay healthy. The Cowboys are a playoff dark horse this season.
Sept. 3 – Southeastern Louisiana
Sept. 10 – Central Michigan
Sept. 17 – Pittsburgh
Sept. 24 – at Baylor
Oct. 1 – Texas
Oct. 8 – Iowa State
Oct. 22 – at Kansas
Oct. 29 – West Virginia (Homecoming)
Nov. 5 – at Kansas State
Nov. 12 – Texas Tech
Nov. 19 – at TCU
Dec. 3 – at Oklahoma