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OSU schedule analysis: 2011 a season of road tests for the Cowboys

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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OCT. 22 AT MISSOURI

Faurot Field hasn't been a snake pit for the Cowboys, who stunned a high-ranked Tigers team in their last trip to Columbia. Mizzou's defense should be stout, but the offense has issues.

OCT. 29 VS. BAYLOR

For all the recent excitement surrounding the Bears, they haven't fared so well against the class of the league. OSU rolled them up with ease a year ago. And this one is back in Stillwater.

NOV. 5 VS. KANSAS STATE

Bill Snyder has returned to bolstering his squad with transfers. And the Wildcats could be improved, having added talent. But there are QB concerns and a lack of playmakers overall.

NOV. 12 AT TEXAS TECH

The Cowboys won comfortably in Lubbock last year. The Red Raiders could be improved in Year 2 of the Tommy Tuberville regime — or not, depending on much much he drifts away from the spread offense.

NOV. 18 AT IOWA STATE

Any late-season visit to Ames can be dangerous, with the chance of wicked weather. The Cyclones seem to be on the rise. But are they athletic enough to hang with the Pokes?

DEC. 3 VS. OKLAHOMA

In a perfect scenario, the Cowboys and Sooners meet unbeaten with the Big 12 title on the line. It's a long and difficult road for OSU. But if they somehow make it, this will be the biggest game in program history.


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