The Cowboys return a veteran team that has had the allure of a marquee season opener against Georgia to grab its attention throughout the summer and preseason.
Still, that doesn’t mean the Pokes have tunnel vision.
The start of school brings new demands and diversions.
"The most difficult thing we’re doing right now, or trying to do, is keep them focused and concentrated on preparing to play the game,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy.
"You’ve got 19,000 students here. You’ve got a lot of cute girls out there. There’s a lot of things going on. Guys have to focus. We’re trying to reel them in.”
In an effort to re-focus his squad, Gundy has halted media access to the team until Aug. 31, the Monday of game week.
As for the co-eds, there’s no easy answer.
"There’s a lot of distractions right now,” Gundy said. "Because we can’t keep them in camp. They’re out there on campus. There’s a lot going on right now.
Robinson Focused on Passing
Cowboys quarterback Zac Robinson
was the nation’s No. 5-rated passer a year ago, and he’s the NCAA’s fifth-ranked active passer entering this season.
Robinson said that’s been a work in progress. A work that continues still.
"I think I improved as a passer every year,” Robinson said.