Here is a look at Gina Mizell's analysis of the Oklahoma State football team's 2012 schedule:
SEPT. 1: SAVANNAH STATE
If there was ever a warm-up game to ease true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt into college football, this is it. Sort of. Savannah State was downright dreadful last season, going 1-10 in the Football Championship Subdivision's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference while being outscored 442-138.
SEPT. 8: AT ARIZONA
Lunt's first road start will come in Pac-12 country. Arizona went a disappointing 4-8 in 2011, leading to coach Mike Stoops' midseason firing, but the hiring of Rich Rodriguez has created a renewed buzz in Tucson. Those fans will be ready and rowdy when the Big 12 champs come to town.
SEPT. 15: LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
The Cowboys and Ragin' Cajuns will meet for the third consecutive season. Last year was a 61-34 victory for OSU in Stillwater, with Joseph Randle amassing 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns and Tracy Moore recording 112 yards and a score.
SEPT. 29: TEXAS
OSU gets a bye week to prepare for its Big 12 opener. The Cowboys have won two straight against the Longhorns — both in Austin — but UT will bring the best defense in the conference to Stillwater. This is a tossup game that will ultimately go a long way in determining the Big 12's pecking order.
OCT. 13: AT KANSAS
The Jayhawks have a new coach (Charlie Weis) and a new quarterback (Dayne Crist), but this is still largely the same program that OSU hung 70 points on in Stillwater last season. Should be another easy victory in Lawrence.
OCT. 20: IOWA STATE
The intrigue around this game is obvious. ISU pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football last season when it stunned OSU 37-31 in double overtime to essentially knock the Cowboys out of the national title game. Can OSU get some form of revenge when the Cyclones come to Stillwater for homecoming?
OCT. 27: TCU
The Cowboys' first meeting with a Big 12 newbie kicks off their toughest stretch of the season. The same could be said for TCU, which follows its visit to Boone Pickens Stadium with dates at West Virginia, against Kansas State, at Texas and against Oklahoma. This will also be the first time the Cowboys truly face a top-tier quarterback in the Horned Frogs' Casey Pachall.
NOV. 3: AT KANSAS STATE
This game sure was fun last season, wasn't it? The OSU defense could not stop bruising throwback signal-caller Collin Klein a year ago. That will have to change if the Cowboys want to win in Manhattan, since OSU does not feature the same amount of offensive firepower this season.
NOV. 10: WEST VIRGINIA
Former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who installed the Cowboys' spread offense during his one memorable season in Stillwater, returns as the Mountaineers' head coach. So does former special teams coordinator Joe DeForest and running backs coach Robert Gillespie. Get ready for a shoot-out.
NOV. 17: TEXAS TECH
The Cowboys demolished Tech 66-6 last season in Lubbock. By this point of the 2012 campaign, the Red Raiders might need to pull a big upset — like they did in Norman last season — in order to save coach Tommy Tuberville's job.
NOV. 24: AT OKLAHOMA
Do we really need to analyze the importance of Bedlam? This game could prove the Cowboys have staying power atop the Big 12. Or it could keep the Sooners in the national title hunt. No question, OU was embarrassed by last season's 44-10 thrashing in Stillwater.
DEC. 1: AT BAYLOR
In a scheduling quirk due to conference realignment, Bedlam is not OSU's regular-season finale. The Cowboys were 3-0 against Baylor with Robert Griffin III at quarterback. Now the Bears don't have RG3.