Oklahoma State lost offensive stars Mason Rudolph and James Washington, along with defensive standout Tre Flowers, to the NFL in last month’s draft. That didn’t keep the odds makers from leaving them with one of the higher win totals in the Big 12 for the 2018 college football season.
According to the site BetDSI Oklahoma State’s win total for 2018 is set at 8.5 which is second only to Oklahoma’s 10.5. The question is, will they be over or under this total?
Will the Cowboys win nine or more games this fall? Here’s three reasons why I think the answer to that question is yes.
Soft Non-Conference Schedule
OSU will start their season by hosting Missouri State, South Alabama, and Boise State through the first three weeks of September. Boise State is no joke but the Cowboys will have two game weeks under their belts before hosting the defending Las Vegas Bowl champions.
Should OSU jump out to a 3-0 start to the season they’ll already be a third of a way towards the over before the month of September even ends.
Stable Of Running Backs
Oklahoma State will be deep and talented at the running back position, which is just what the program needs as they break in a new quarterback. Junior Justice Hill averaged 5.5 yards per carry in 2017 and returns to lead OSU’s ground attack. J.D. King was very solid as a freshman last fall, running for 466 yards and four touchdowns.
New to the Cowboys’ ground attack in 2018 will be speedster Chuba Hubbard. A home run threat every time he touches the ball, Hubbard will will a dimension to OSU’s run game that they didn’t have in 2017.
The Cowboys could lean heavily on their run game in 2018 and be pretty dang good at it.
The Mike Gundy Effect
Yes, he has a mullet. Yes, he says and does crazy things. Yes, he dances in the locker room. And yes, he keeps taking his shirt off. You want to know what else he does though? He wins!
Gundy’s Cowboys are coming off their third consecutive 10-win season and they’ve won nine or more eight out of the last ten seasons. That’s one of the best runs in the nation over the last decade.
Nothing is going to come easy for Oklahoma State in 2018, but then again, it never really does. That Boise State game on September 15th is going to be one of the keys to another 9-plus win season. If the Cowboys start the year 3-0 then they’ll be well on their way. Should they stumble in that third week of the season then it could quickly turn into an uphill climb the rest of the way.