Projecting the 2014 college football season for the Oklahoma State Cowboys:
MVP: Ryan Simmons. Remember the season when Orie Lemon never came off the field? Glenn Spencer has indicated it could be similar for his senior linebacker this season.
Best Player: Tyreek Hill. Speed kills, and the tailback/receiver/playmaker has it in abundance.
Most Overlooked: Desmond Roland. The power back will be a great change of pace to Hill, and for a team that could rely heavily on the ground game, Roland will be instrumental.
Best Newcomer: Hill. But we’ve already given him a nod. So, next up is safety Josh Furman. The Michigan transfer is going to be needed in a youthful secondary.
Biggest game: Bedlam. Always. And with this year’s showdown at the end of a murderous four-game run, getting a win in Norman would be huge.
Best win: at TCU. The Horned Frogs are switching to the spread, but they won’t be nearly as far along as the Cowboys. Winning this one on the road will be big for OSU.
Trap game: Texas Tech. Yes, it’s in Stillwater, and yes, the Red Raiders are extremely thin quarterback. But the Tech spread will still stress a young OSU defense.
Record: 7-5. But that’s only if OSU scores wins against Texas Tech and TCU. If the Cowboys aren’t bowl eligible by Halloween, they might have to sit out the postseason.
Postseason projection: Cactus Bowl versus Oregon State. OSU v. OSU. Orange and black everywhere. The bowl formerly known as the Buffalo Wild Wings/Insight.com/Copper Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., will make for nice winter travel for fans.