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OSU football: It's time for the Cowboys to buckle up

A backloaded schedule will offer OSU many challenges.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: October 27, 2013

STILLWATER — Now things really get interesting.

Oklahoma State moved to 3-1 in Big 12 play after its 58-27 throttling of Iowa State in Ames, officially completing the appetizer portion of the Cowboys' conference schedule.

That all keeps the Cowboys in the Big 12 title race. But next comes the definitive final stretch, where OSU will face the rest of the league's contenders — No. 15/15 Texas Tech, Texas, No. 5/5 Baylor and No. 13/9 Oklahoma — in its final five games. Of course, a home contest against hapless Kansas is also plopped in the middle of the set of intriguing games.

“We are going to face some challenges over the next month,” coach Mike Gundy said, “particularly this week (against Texas Tech), with teams that have been more effective at moving the ball and scoring points than what we have played. So that will be a real challenge for us.

“Our defense will have to continue to play good football and force turnovers. We've got a lot of work ahead of us on offense. We left a lot of points on the board (against Iowa State) that we didn't get taken care of.”

Here's a breakdown of OSU's remaining schedule:

SATURDAY: AT TEXAS TECH

Big 12 record: 4-1

The previously undefeated Red Raiders lost a 38-30 thriller in Norman on Saturday. But Tech remains the Big 12's biggest surprise in Kliff Kingsbury's first season. Jace Amaro — yes, a tight end in the land of spread offenses — is one of the league's top receiving targets, hauling in a Big 12-best eight catches per game and totaling 107.6 yards per contest.

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