But, like at Big 12 Media Days last week, Gundy acknowledged that the preseason ranking shows the progress the program has made.
“At times, tradition-rich schools will get the edge,” Gundy said, “Oklahoma State is, I think, just starting to build tradition … Obviously, people see us differently than they did four or five years ago.”
Gundy worked the crowd for nearly 45 minutes, breaking down the OSU players and coaching staff and answering questions from the crowd.
He didn't tip his hand on who would start at quarterback in the season opener against Mississippi State. He highlighted defensive end and kicker/punter as positions that really need newcomers step in and contribute. And he promised he had no idea what uniform combination the Cowboys will wear for the first game.
On a table near the entrance of the large ballroom sat the Big 12 championship trophy. Fans often came over to closely examine the intricate engravings of the crystal bowl or take photos of the prize that goes to the conference's best team.
One of those trophies already has a home in Stillwater. And now it's not silly for Garner to believe the Cowboys will add another in 2013.
“People would laugh at you (years ago),” he said. “But they won't laugh at you now.”