The college football season is still six weeks away. But that doesn't mean it's too early to prognosticate what may be in store for Oklahoma State.
OSU beat writer Scott Wright examines the key dates on the calendar, forecasting (sometimes in jest) what may lie ahead for the Cowboys in 2009.
With excitement peaking among Oklahoma State fans, a flood of orange hits Stillwater for Fan Appreciation Day.
Sept. 5 vs. Georgia
Despite growing doubt nationally about the Cowboys, they announce their presence with authority, handing Georgia a 21-point defeat to open the season.
Sept. 26 vs. Grambling State
The only thing making this game more entertaining than OSU's easy victories over Houston and Rice the previous two weeks is the halftime performance by the Grambling State band.
Oct. 10 at Texas A&M
The only thing making this game more entertaining than OSU's bye the previous week is the halftime performance by the Texas A&M band.
Oct. 24 at Baylor
A crowd of 32,000 at Floyd Casey Stadium — more than half wearing orange — witness the Waco Miracle, when Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin scrambles for an 80-yard touchdown on the final play to beat the Cowboys and spoil their 5-0 start.
Oct. 31 vs. Texas
Texas QB Colt McCoy shows up to the Halloween party at Boone Pickens Stadium dressed as a Heisman front-runner, but plays more like something Bevo left behind, throwing a season-high four picks in the Cowboys' upset of the top-ranked Longhorns.
Nov. 14 vs. Texas Tech
A week after surviving in frigid temperatures at Iowa State, the Cowboys top Texas Tech, the eighth-straight win for the home team in the series.
Nov. 19 vs. Colorado
After blowing out the Buffaloes on a Thursday night, OSU President Burns Hargis cancels classes for Friday, giving students an extra day to rest up for Bedlam.
Nov. 28 at Oklahoma
Mike Gundy's first Bedlam victory comes courtesy of Dez Bryant, who does his best Rashaun Woods impersonation, running past the Sooner secondary for 220 receiving yards and four scores.
Despite winning their first conference championship since 1976 a day earlier, the Cowboys' October loss to Baylor smothers them in the BCS rankings, leaving them at No. 3, and out of the national title game.
Dez Bryant and Kendall Hunter each earn enough votes for an invitation to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, but both finish behind Tim Tebow.
Jan. 4, Fiesta Bowl
OSU tops TCU in its first BCS bowl appearance for Mike Gundy's 40th career victory. A day later, Dez Bryant announces his plans to enter the NFL Draft, virtually assuring the Cowboys of two first-round picks — Russell Okung is the other — in the same draft for the first time since Barry Sanders and Hart Lee Dykes in 1989.