STILLWATER — From a national perspective, Oklahoma State is viewed with a substantial amount of uncertainty right now, says college football analyst Bob Davie.
"A lot of people are skeptical about them because of their early schedule,” said Davie, who will call the OSU-Missouri game for ESPN2. "But beating Missouri would bring instant credibility. If OSU wins, it would go from skepticism to a national story.” And the Cowboys would go from No. 17 in the polls possibly to the top 10, somewhere they haven’t been since 1988 — and it was only a brief stop that year. It would alter the current reputation of OSU football around the country. The most significant national stories involving Cowboy football in the last five years have been the checks written by Boone Pickens and Mike Gundy’s "I’m a man” monologue. A win Saturday would get the Pokes recognized for their on-field achievements and make people take notice of the program being built in Stillwater. "Obviously, this would be a big win,” Gundy said. "Any time you (beat) a team of their quality in a national situation, it’s a big win.” By Scott Wright