October 22, 2007

Making Progress: OSU Improving

A key component to any team over the course of a season is improvement.

Over 12 regular-season games, the hope from coaches and fans is that the players on their team look better each successive week. The question is: Has Oklahoma State done that through two-thirds of the season?

For the most part, the answer there is yes.

After early-season dud performances against Georgia and Troy, the Pokes are seemingly coming together at the right time. The improvement on the field is pretty apparent. Yes, the defense still allows a lot of yards, but they've also become more adept to making stops when they need to. As for the offense, the change in leadership to Zac Robinson has that unit absolutely zooming along. Sure, he needs to improve his downfield passing, but he's running the option to near-perfection and he is making opposing defenses have to plan for him and not just tailbacks Dantrell Savage and Kendall Hunter.

And because of all that, the Cowboys are just a win away from securing bowl eligibility with a 5-3 mark. Most importantly, OSU is in a three-way tie for first place in the Big 12 South with Oklahoma and Texas A&M with a 3-1 record. Crazy as it sounds, the Pokes control their own destiny the rest of the way. The Aggies will lose another game or three the rest of the way, while the Pokes have their next two games at home and have another bye week against Baylor before Thanksgiving weekend Bedlam.

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