OSU football: OU's loss to Texas helps put Cowboys back in Big 12 race

A little more than a week ago, Oklahoma State appeared to have fallen to pretender status in the Big 12 after following a shocking loss at West Virginia with what looked like a lackluster comeback win at home against Kansas State. Then Saturday happened.
Oklahoman Published: October 14, 2013

*A quirk from when TCU took over Texas A&M's schedule forces the Horned Frogs to come to Stillwater for a second consecutive year.

*Texas' defense has been shredded by mobile quarterbacks, allowing an average of 104 rushing yards per game to the opposing quarterback before Saturday's win over the Sooners. OU surprisingly didn't attack this apparent weakness with Blake Bell, but OSU almost surely will with J.W. Walsh.

*Baylor's win at K-State was just its second conference road victory in its last 10 tries. And the Bears haven't won in Stillwater since 1939.

*OU's defense that looked much-improved has suddenly lost two key starters in tackle Jordan Phillips and linebacker Corey Nelson.

*Kansas is still on the schedule.

*Road games against Iowa State and Lubbock also remain. The trip to Texas Tech, so far the league's biggest surprise, is clearly the more daunting of the two.

The Big 12's trio of unbeatens — Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech — naturally have the upper hand in the championship race right now. And OSU clearly still has issues, most notably on offense.

But the two teams with one loss — OSU and OU — are still very much alive in what has so far been a predictably unpredictable Big 12 season.

And it's only just beginning.

“You're gonna continue to see it from this point on,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. “I don't think you're gonna see very many years where there's a team or teams that just dominate this league.”

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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