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It was more of the same for the 2019 Oklahoma State Cowboys. Head coach Mike Gundy’s team had plenty of offense but not much defense which meant a final record of 8-5 straight up, 9-3-1 against the spread, with a season ending 24-21 Texas Bowl loss to the Texas A&M Aggies. One thing that did change was that the normally high-octane passing attack was in transition for most of the season. Spencer Sanders methodically improved as the new redshirt freshman starting quarterback. Sanders offers a run-pass threat that Gundy believes will take the Cowboys program to the next level. Sanders ended up as Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. Meanwhile running back Chuba Hubbard exploded onto the scene as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous All-American honoree.
2020 Oklahoma State Cowboys at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +7500
Head coach Mike Gundy is a former Okie State quarterback and the most successful coach in school history since taking over in the 2005 season. Gundy’s peak was reached in 2011 when he led the Pokes to a 12-1 record and final national ranking of third. Since 2010 Oklahoma State has posted six double digit win seasons. Since 2008 the Cowboys have finished in the top 20 seven times. However, the past two seasons have seen a drop with records of 7-6 in 2018 and 8-5 in 2019. Gundy has 19 starters returning for a season that will have high expectations for a breakthrough.
2020 Oklahoma State Cowboys Schedule
Week 1: Thursday, September 3, Oregon State Beavers
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Western Illinois Leathernecks
Week 4: Bye Week
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, at TCU Horned Frogs
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, Iowa State Cyclones
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Kansas Jayhawks
Week 8: Saturday, October 24, at Oklahoma Sooners
Week 9: Saturday, October 31, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, at Baylor Bears
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, West Virginia Mountaineers
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, at Kansas State Wildcats
Week 13: Friday, November 27, Texas Longhorns
2020 Oklahoma State Cowboys Regular Season Preview
Running back Cuba Hubbard ran for 2094 yards, 6.4 yards per carry and 21 touchdowns to give Oklahoma State a threat that few other programs can match. Hubbard was expected to enter the 2020 NFL Draft but instead returned for his redshirt junior season in which he is a top tier Doak Walker Award and Heisman Trophy candidate.
Another star that could have entered the 2020 NFL Draft was wide receiver Tylan Wallace. Wallace is a senior that was a Biletnikoff Award Finalist and First Team All-America last year. Wallace caught 53 passes for 903 yards and eight touchdowns for 2019. Meanwhile Redshirt senior wide receiver Dillon Stoner caught 52 passes for 599 yards and five touchdowns last season.
In Hubbard and Wallace, the Pokes have two of the best players in the entire country. New offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn arrives with a full cupboard to work with. He has players that are not only capable but experienced.
As a redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders posted a 145.4 quarterback rating with 2065 yards passing and a 16/11 touchdown to interception ratio. Just as important was the fact that Sanders ran for 628 yards and two touchdowns, proving to be the dual threat weapon that kept defenses off balance.
The Oklahoma State offense has everything needed to be a force that will frustrate defenses all season. Assuming Sanders continues to improve the Pokes will be Pistols Firing all year long.
Second year defensive coordinator Jim Knowles has made methodical progress with verifiable results. Okie State improved from 97th in 2018 to 63rd in 2019 for points allowed. Knowles has 21 of his 22 two-deep defensive lineup returning.
This is an all-in type of season for Oklahoma State. The deciding factors will be Sanders at quarterback and the defense. If the quarterback and stop unit perform up to task a Big 12 championship is in range, at the very least.
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