Oklahoma State football: Analyzing the Cowboys' 2012 schedule

by Gina Mizell Published: August 26, 2012
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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



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