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? While there are factors to indicate the Cowboys could very well hit the over with a 9-plus win season in 2018, there are also several factors that point towards the under. Here’s three reasons to take the under.
Unsettled At Quarterback
The Big 12 is a passing league and to survive you’ve got to have a quarterback who can make the quick read and hit a small window with accuracy. He’s also going to need to have some touch for the deep ball in order to go over the top of defenses. OSU may have that guy, but we just don’t know.
Taylor Cornelius had a solid spring and shined bright in Oklahoma State’s spring game. That said, he’s expected to be pushed this summer by graduate transfer Dru Brown (Hawaii) and incoming freshman Spencer Sanders.
The Cowboys could end up being just fine at the quarterback position but it sure is hard to pick a team to have a 9-win season when the position is this unsettled going into the summer.
The Big 12 isn’t known as a defensive league, and Oklahoma State is no exception to that. TCU was the only conference team to rank Top 20 in total defense (#19) and Oklahoma State was much further down the list at 79th.
OSU gave up an average of 409.3 yards per game in 2017, at a pace of 5.51 yards per play. New defensive coordinator Jim Knowles is expected to change the defensive tone in Stillwater, but he’s still starting at the ground level.
Road Games The Last Half Of The Season
The early season schedule sets up well for Oklahoma State but the last half not so much. The Cowboys will finish the year by playing four of their last six games on the road. Trips to Manhattan, Waco, Norman, and Ft. Worth are all on the slate for the Pokes as the season winds down.