Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won three national Coach of the Year awards last season after guiding the Cowboys to their first Big 12 championship and a 12-1 record.
But with the Cowboys standing at 7-3, despite a revolving door at quarterback and injuries at several key positions during the season, is it possible Gundy has done a better job in 2012?
Gundy did acknowledge that his staff has had to do more coaching this season, because of those factors.
“On offense (last season), you have (Brandon) Weeden and (Justin) Blackmon,” Gundy said, “so you run your base (package) and you're good at it. You're going to say that your guys are first-round picks and they're better than the other guys, so we're going to play fast and we want our good players to make plays and have success.
“We've had to scramble on special teams this year with the injuries to the skill players, and obviously offensively. And I think defensively we've had really good game plans. There's been more coaching that's gone on this year than a number of years here.”
OSU MOVES UP TO 21 IN BCS RANKINGS; RE-ENTERS AP POLL
Following its dominating 59-21 victory over Texas Tech, OSU moved up three spots to 21 in the latest BCS rankings.
The Cowboys are also back in both major polls, moving up to No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches poll and re-entering The Associated Press poll at No. 22.
Oklahoma, the Cowboys' next opponent, is ranked 13th in the BCS standings and Coaches poll and 14th in the AP poll.
GUNDY: WILD OU-WEST VIRGINIA FINISH ‘ANOTHER WEEK IN THE BIG 12'
Like many college football fans, Gundy and his family spent Saturday night flipping between a trio of crazy contests: OU-West Virginia, Stanford-Oregon, and Kansas State-Baylor.
The Cowboy coach certainly wasn't surprised to see the shoot-out in Morgantown.
“Wild finish,” Gundy said. “It's kind of another week in the Big 12 and with the offensive football.”
MILESTONES IN REACH FOR COWBOYS
With one more victory, OSU would …
*Reach eight victories in five straight seasons for the first time in school history.
*Reach six conference victories for a fourth consecutive season to continue a school record.