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Oklahoma State football: Now we find out exactly how good the Cowboys are

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 26, 2012

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State sits squarely at the mid-way mark of this season.

Six games played.

Six games to go.

Yet, we still don't know how good these Cowboys are. There is more evidence that they're much more like the team that lost to Arizona and Texas, then struggled against Kansas than the team that dominated Iowa State.

But really, do we know for sure?

We're about to find out.

Saturday's home game against TCU starts a definitive stretch for OSU. Following the Horned Frogs, who are among the others-receiving-votes crowd in the major polls, the Cowboys play at Kansas State, vs. West Virginia, vs. Texas Tech and at Oklahoma.

All four are top-25 teams.

If you want to get more specific — and more scary — all of them are ranked in the top 19 of the BCS standings. K-State is No. 3, West Virginia No. 19, Texas Tech No. 14 and OU No. 8.

This makes for a good-news, bad-news scenario for the Cowboys.

Let's start with the good news.

OSU controls its own destiny in the Big 12. Even with that controversial loss to Texas, which has since lost twice, the Cowboys will claim the conference crown if they win out.

The only other team that can say that right now is K-State.

And after the way the Cowboys played last week against the Cyclones, it seems like OSU is better prepared than ever to make a run. The defense played its best game of the season, looking like the dominant bunch everyone expected it to be this season, and the offense scored more points against Iowa State than a stellar K-State team did only a week earlier.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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