Oklahoma State left Norman with a narrow 48-47 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night, which leaves the Cowboys still one game short of bowl contention. After several shocking losses, including one on a last-second touchdown against Baylor in Waco last weekend, Oklahoma State showed up ready to play today, and they kept it much closer than was expected.
Even still, a close loss means nothing for the win column, and now one question remains: what’s next for the Cowboys?
This season has been nothing short of disappointing for Oklahoma State, and for the first time since Mike Gundy’s first season as head coach in Stillwater, the Cowboys may not even make a postseason bowl game.
Next weekend, the Cowboys will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in Stillwater before wrapping up the regular season in Fort Worth, Texas, against the TCU Horned Frogs. The Mountaineers are still gunning for a spot in the Big XII Championship and a potential College Football Playoff berth, while TCU has lost six of their last eight after starting the season 2-0.
Oklahoma State needs just one win to get into a bowl game, but even if they manage to do that, how should Cowboy fans feel? Excited? Relieved? Ashamed? Apathetic?
I find myself falling more and more into the latter category as it is hard to take interest in and even really care about a team that has looked so disinterested at times during this season. Despite the loss, today’s game was a bit of a bright spot in a dark season, and perhaps the Cowboys can finish strong and give Oklahoma State fans something to look forward to next season.