Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says Cowboys are in crosshairs

OSU coach says Cowboys won't be able to sneak up on teams anymore.
by John Helsley and Gina Mizell Published: August 28, 2012
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Among the top five in fewest sacks allowed, three teams are service academies that never eclipsed 380 passes in a season. OSU fired 595 throws a year ago.

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“It was one of the most frustrating things I've been through. If I ever encounter something harder than that, boy, that'll be tough.”

– Cowboys cornerback Devin Hedgepeth, on coming back from Achilles injuries that derailed his 2011 season.

ONE MORE RANKING: COWBOYS NO. 9

The Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) rating is a football version of sabermetrics developed by Brian Fremeau of footballoutsiders.com that adds context when evaluating performance; factors such as pace of play, “garbage time” and strength of schedule.

This week, Fremeau released his preseason overall rankings, or 2012 “projected ratings,” and OSU comes in at No. 9.

Along with offensive and defensive FEI ratings, a lot of variables over a five-year program are taken into account, such as FEI ratings, recruiting success, returning starters and quarterback reliance.

Here's the FEI top 10:

1. Alabama .286; 2. Oklahoma .277; 3. LSU .267; 4. USC .223; 5. Florida .218; 6. Florida State .215; 7. Ohio State .210; 8. Oregon .206; 9. Oklahoma State .204; 10. Georgia .202.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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