STILLWATER — The buildup is finally nearing its tipping point.
Oklahoma State football coaches and players have spent the past eight months talking about the Cowboys’ pending season opener against No. 1 Florida State in terms of preparation and excitement. The questions mostly centered on OSU’s youth versus FSU’s championship pedigree.
But now that kickoff at AT&T stadium is less than 24 hours away, the focus has changed to the ultimate unknown.
Can the Cowboys dethrone the Seminoles?
“They ought to fire me if I’m not telling them we’re going to win this game,” defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said back in late July, as the Cowboys had yet to begin fall camp. “By game week, we better feel like we can go out there and win. But right now, that doesn’t seem like it’s a possibility at all.”
Honest as ever, Spencer saw the matchup on paper and wasn’t shy about OSU’s chances. Asked again a month later, and his prognosis changed — if only slightly.
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“We’re a lot better off now than we were, however many practices ago when we started,” Spencer said. “But is it a finished product? No. All we’re trying to do is accelerate the learning process and be prepared as much as possible when we play the game.”
Learning on the fly is tough. Doing it against the defending national champion seems impossibly difficult.
“(The Seminoles) really don't have weaknesses,” coach Mike Gundy said.
It’s one of the many reasons why Gundy has kept his depth chart and attack plan mostly under wraps throughout the offseason. The first time anyone will get a sure look at the Cowboys’ identity on both sides of the ball will be Saturday night.