OSU claims two wins over Arizona among its last 15 games — in the 2010 Alamo Bowl and Week 2 last year — and goes for No. 3 on Saturday, in Tucson.
The Wildcats, however, are focused on halting the streak.
“It's personal,” said Arizona center Kyle Quinn. “I feel like we are pretty confident playing these guys. We get them at home this year. Everybody is going to be fired up and the 'Zona Zoo is going to be rocking.
“So it's going to be a good fight on Saturday night.”
This time, the Cowboys won't have quarterback Brandon Weeden or wide receiver Justin Blackmon, as well as several other key figures.
And doesn't Wildcat corner Shaquille Richardson know it — he's the guy who provided some smack talk about Blackmon, before the two-time Biletnikoff Award winner went off on him for 12 catches, 128 yards and two touchdowns a year ago.
Richardson awaits the arrival of new OSU quarterback Wes Lunt.
“I know he's young,” Richardson said. “That's going to be fun.”
NO LOOKING BACK
OSU's 84-0 rout of Savannah State served as a start to the season; a positive start.
And little more, as far as offensive coordinator Todd Monken is concerned.
“The only thing you can take away from it is that we had 11 guys on the field,” Monken said. “When we went tempo, we got lined up. Our process was good. A lot of young guys got to play.
“The reality is that you want to make sure you're playing good football. Our substitutions were good.”
POKES GOING TO SCHOOL ON RICH ROD
While the Cowboys are more than familiar with Arizona, these Wildcats come with a different look.
Under first-year coach Rich Rodriguez, Arizona has implemented his version of the spread offense, which utilizes a heavy dose of quarterback runs, as well as throws.
“It's assignment football,” said OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey. “You have to have every guy doing his job and knowing what he's got to do …
“We have to watch some of the old Rich Rodriguez tapes to see some of the similarities and some of the stuff that's rolled over.”
CASTLEMAN RELISHES START
Sophomore defensive tackle James Castleman played as a true freshman a year ago, although in a limited role.
It was nothing like Saturday night, when Castleman earned his first career start.
“I was extremely amped up,” Castleman said. “I played a little bit last year, but being able to start — there is nothing like starting.”
COWBOYS FIND FUN IN CHEERLEADING
After a long preseason of practices, it was a short night for the starters, who were mostly lifted after one quarter against Savannah State.
Wide receiver Isaiah Anderson said coming out so soon wasn't so easy.
Still, Anderson said he enjoyed cheering on the subs, especially the 19 walk-ons who were able to see rare playing time.
“We hype them up a lot in practice,” Anderson said. “We depend on those guys a lot to give us looks during the week. And they did a great job. To seem them actually get out there and get some playing time is nice.”
UNI-TRACKER: A NEW/OLD LOOK
Saturday's white-orange-white uniform was one Oklahoma State fans have seen many times before — yet it was still technically a “new” look since the school went to 48 possible combinations with the introduction of new Nike uniforms a year ago.
Since unveiling the new uniforms before the start of last season, the Cowboys have now sported 14 different looks in 14 games.
By John Helsley, Gina Mizell and Anthony Slater