Oklahoma State football point/counterpoint: What is OSU's most pressing issue?

As the Cowboys approach the stiffest portion of the schedule, what stands in the way of a big finish?
by John Helsley and Gina Mizell Published: October 26, 2012

John Helsley: Defense

Remember these guys, that band of brothers who acknowledged and welcomed the burden of providing stability in a season of transition?

Well, there's still time, because the Cowboys D is needed now more than ever.

OSU's offense is patchwork at best, with injuries robbing the unit of playmakers and depleting depth to the breaking point. Yards and points will become harder to come by as the Pokes venture into the stiffest stretch of the schedule.

So the pressure is on the defense to dig in and brace for the coming battles.

Maybe we saw signs of growth against Iowa State. Or maybe the Cyclones were just that inept.

The offense is what it is — a battered bunch with fewer bullets in a shootout league.

The defense is, well, we know not. Yet know this, it'll have to be good for the Cowboys to survive and even thrive over the final six weeks.


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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