When the first wave of realignment impacted the Big 12 and its 2011 scheduling, it sounded hallelujahs in Stillwater, where the Cowboys would host Oklahoma for a second straight season.
That game, shifted to Dec. 3 and looking every bit like a Big 12 championship tilt, holds great promise for Oklahoma State. Any edge against the high-powered Sooners, who have the Pokes' number of late, is welcome.
But the shifting schedule delivered reasons to groan as well, including a back-to-back trek into Texas Longhorn territory, where OSU has won but once since World War II.
The good news: that one win came just last season, when the Cowboys were the superior team in a 33-16 romp in Austin.
More good news: Texas remains in reeling mode, regardless of a No. 11 ranking just last week, having been slammed back to reality by the Sooners with Saturday's 55-17 beat down on the Cotton Bowl floor.
What once looked like a worrisome road trip just days ago, now doesn't conjure the same consternation.
UT's early schedule was fool's gold, leading to an unwarranted rise in the rankings. A soft start, yes, for a solid opening in what was billed as a rebound season, but instead still looks like a frustrating rebuild in Austin.
And it isn't pretty, with shuffling quarterbacks and young cornerbacks who were exposed by the Sooners.
Check out what's being written about the Longhorns post-OU:
From columnist Kirk Bohls of the Austin-American Statesman: “Never has swagger turned to stagger as quickly.”
From Tim McMahon of ESPN.com: “Texas' spirit might be hard to break, but the perception that the Texas pass defense might be prepared for elite competition burst like a bubble at the Cotton Bowl.”
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