The Cowboys are a massive favorite over Lamar on Saturday, to the point that there is no current Las Vegas line on the game.
Still, Mike Gundy knows his players know that. Still, he vows to strike all thoughts of an easy win from his players' minds.
“One area that we've tried to instill with our team is to be up front and honest with them about every opponent we play,” Gundy said. “I told our players Sunday night that if you look at (their guys) one to 30, you should be better than this team, but it doesn't mean you're going to win the game.
“You see it every Saturday. Your preparation to go and play on Saturday is very important. That's the same thing we'll say about this team. In somebody's opinion, Lamar is not going to be as talented as we are. That doesn't have anything to do with myself or our coaching staff or our players, that's somebody's opinion.”
Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh on the depth at receiver:
“Our talent with our receivers is absolutely incredible. You go three, four or five spots deep on our depth chart, and you can find guys who could play for just about anybody. That's what makes us so dangerous as an offense. Our depth, our talent and our experience have really brought us a long way.”
OSU DEFENSE NOT CONCERNED
After a dominant performance defensively against Mississippi State, the Cowboys allowed more yards and points to UTSA.
A bulk of the damage came in the second half, when OSU substituted freely, pulling its starters from the game early in the third quarter.
“We gave up some things we didn't want to do, but that's just part of putting in some of the younger guys,” said defensive end Tyler Johnson. “You have to know there's the possibility that might happen.
“Overall as a defense, we have done a lot of good things. And the things we didn't do well, we just have to correct them.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY