September 17, 2007

Getting back to 6 wins

Was last Friday the beginning of the end of the 2007 season for Oklahoma State ?

It's too early to tell. And to be fair, that bit of hyperbole might be a little overkill at this point, but after the stunning loss to Troy , the question becomes: where will the wins come from?

The Cowboys have went to bowl games four out of the last five seasons, winning the Houston and Independence bowls. Between the success of former coach and current LSU frontman Les Miles and turnaround in 2006 with Mike Gundy at the helm, winning seasons and bowl berths are now the expectations going into every season. Gone are the days of just hoping to beat Oklahoma and to hell with the rest of the games if that happens. The last six years, the program has mostly gone upward and fans and donors expect that to continue.

That was expected to be the case in 2007. But after losing to the Trojans - and it's more about HOW the Pokes lost to them - looking down the rest of the slate turns into reading the fine print on the warranty of a product: it's long and hard and there's no payout in the end. Face it or not, but OSU's season just got a whole lot tougher in the last three days and getting to the now-standard goal for the program (winning record, bowl trip) seems far-fetched. Even so, let's take an honest look at the schedule and run down the remaining games and see where the Cowboys' best chances are to string together six wins to get back to Houston or Shreveport.

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