The most popular topic surrounding Oklahoma State this week continues to be the quarterback position, with starter Wes Lunt doubtful to play in Saturday's Big 12 opener against No. 12 Texas because of a knee injury — despite coach Mike Gundy hinting that Lunt could practice by the end of the week — and J.W. Walsh likely to make his first-career start against the Longhorns.
But to offensive lineman Lane Taylor and running back Jeremy Smith, it doesn't really matter who is taking snaps.
“They just tell us to block, and we just block,” Taylor said. “It doesn't really change much of what we do. They just call the play, and we try to perform.”
Added Smith: “We're pretty much just like, ‘Give us the ball.'”
Lunt has completed 68 percent of his passes for 588 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in, essentially, five quarters of work. Walsh has completed 66.7 percent of his throws for 496 yards, six touchdowns and one interception and directed an offense that put up a school-record 742 total yards in its last game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
OPPONENT WATCH: TRIP TO STILLWATER STARTS FOUR-GAME GAUNTLET FOR LONGHORNS
Saturday night's game in Stillwater is a much-anticipated Big 12 contest. But it's only the beginning of a tough road for UT, especially the Longhorns' defense.
After OSU, the Longhorns face three more of the conference's high-powered offenses in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Baylor. All of those teams rank in the top 30 in the nation in scoring offense and total offense.
“If we're going to show what type of team we are,” safety Kenny Vaccaro told the Austin American-Statesman, “it's going to be in these next few weeks.”
BY THE NUMBERS: OSU OFFENSE HIGH, TURNOVER MARGIN LOW IN LATEST NCAA RANKINGS
Through the first four weeks of the college football season, the OSU offense continues to statistically be one of the best in the country, while the Cowboys' somewhat puzzling drop-off in turnovers forced is reflected in the NCAA standings.
OSU ranks in the top six in the nation in scoring offense (first, 62.33 points per game), total offense (first, 686.67 yards per game), red zone offense (tied for first, 100 percent), passing offense (second, 378.33 yards per game) and rushing offense (sixth, 308.33 yards per game).
On the flip side, a Cowboys team that led the nation in takeaways a year ago (44) is tied for 102nd in the nation in that category (three) and is tied for 105th in turnover margin (minus-1.33 per game).
OSU also ranks near the bottom in penalties per game (tied for 97th, eight) and yards penalized per game (tied for 115th, 84), mostly because of its 15 fouls for a school-record 167 yards against Arizona.
CAMO UNIFORMS FOR TEXAS? NOT SO FAST
A report from OSU's SB Nation affiliate, Cowboys Ride for Free, surfaced Tuesday evening that the Cowboys would debut new orange and black camouflage uniforms and orange helmets against UT Saturday night.
But an Oklahoma State official all but squashed that report, saying he was "fairly certain it's an Internet joke."
The Cowboys currently have 48 different uniform combinations, featuring helmets that are white, black and gray, jerseys that are orange, white, black and gray and pants that are orange, white, black and gray. The Cowboys have worn 15 different looks since the new uniforms debuted last season, with just one repeated combination.