STILLWATER — Oklahoma State doesn't know much about Washington State, which is OK because Washington State doesn't know much about itself.
When the Cowboys face the Cougars at 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma time Saturday on Qwest Field in Seattle, it doesn't figure to be college football at its finest, but it could be football at its most fun.
OSU coach Mike Gundy admitted he's embracing the unknown of the opener.
"I like the uncertainly and all that,” Gundy said. "I think most coaches would say, ‘Well, I'd like to have the best team with the best players and just go out there and enjoy myself.' That's like picking the Patriots on PlayStation 4. I mean, so what? You'd have to screw it up to not win, right? You're going to win the game, unless you mess it up.”
Saturday's game won't exactly be sandlot ball, but there could be variances thereof.
"On our offense, that's what we do,” Gundy said, "and we've got some guys who are pretty good at it.”
Starting quarterback Zac Robinson smiled at the mysterious trip to the Great Northwest, claiming he gets a kick out of the possibilities.
"Oh, absolutely. I think that's a lot of fun,” Robinson said. "They've got tape on us, but we've got virtually nothing on them. They could come out and show a completely different look than what we've been practicing. That makes it kind of fun.”
In August, teams are far more concerned about executing their own stuff than what the other team might try to do.
Openers are closer to raw football than any game on the schedule. Just line up, snap the ball and let's see who's better.
"When it comes down to it, it's about tackling, flying around and having fun while you're out there,” Cowboys junior linebacker Andre Sexton said. "If you can go out there and tackle, it doesn't really matter what plays they run. We have to go out there and find a way to stop them.”
The threat of the unknown exists every week to a certain degree, but OSU vs.