Then he gave all the reasons why.
"I'm pretty confident about our offense,” said Jeff Piatt of Piedmont. "The defense definitely needs to improve, but I think we'll be pretty good on offense again. Just as long as (quarterback) Zac Robinson doesn't get hurt.”
Though the Cowboys are coming off consecutive 7-6 seasons, Gundy's confidence filters through to the fans.
"I see a lot of excitement in coach Gundy,” said Nathan Holeman, a Broken Bow native and OSU student. "He's energetic, young, gets a lot out of his players. He's an alum. His heart and his passion is with Oklahoma State.
"As he gets more of the talent that he's looking for, we're going to get better. I think he'll be here to take Oklahoma State fans to the Promised Land.”
And the fact that he is homegrown talent brings even more excitement from the team's followers.
"He was the guy I wanted to see get the job when Les (Miles) got it,” said James.
"It's his passion for the game and the passion for the school. You see that come across to whoever he's talking to or when you see him on television. I think he's a good one.”