Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Can J.W. Walsh Lead Oklahoma State to a Big 12 Title?

When the college football season kicked off last weekend the world looked at the Big 12 as a fight between the defending champions, the Baylor Bears, and the Oklahoma Sooners. It wasn't that some of the other teams were not perceived as good; just not good enough to compete with the Bears or the Sooners.

However, after an opening season lost to the defendinf national champions fans of the Oklahoma State Cowboys probbaly think their team deserves to be in the conversation.

Many teams schedule soft opponents to open the season because they want to give their team a chance to work out the kinks before facing a real opponent. Had the Cowboys done that they would have had a much easier time recovering from an early interception return for a touchdown.

Instead they found themselves in a 17-0 hole to the national champs half way through the second quarter--not good. However, what was good was what happened next.

The team appeared to regroup. The defense stiffened up and forced a turnover that led to points and got the offense on track. At the half the deficit was down to seven and a few minutes in to the second half it was down to three.

Not bad, right?

The defense did a good job, and if it wasn't for a couple of big plays by Jameis Winston the final score could have been different. Walsh had some heroics himself (two rushing touchdowns in the fourth), but they were not enough.

But were they enough to make the Cowboys a legit contender in the Big 12? Not yet. The defense did a good job against a pretty potent offense, but it still gave up 370 yards passing. Offensively the team needs a running back to emerge. Walsh is an effective runner, but he should not be the leading rusher.

Right now they are no quite a contender, but they should certainly make the  rest of the Big 12 nervous.

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