STILLWATER — Imagine Pistol Pete, pistols firing, roaming the sidelines during the 2010 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. A simple dream. It’s a dream that becomes a genuine possibility with a win on Halloween in what might be the biggest home game in the history of Oklahoma State football. The No. 14-ranked Cowboys host No. 3 Texas on Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium with visions of becoming the favorite to win the Big 12 South. OSU can transform itself from an emerging program to a legitimate BCS bowl contender. "It’s probably one of the bigger games I’ve played in my career,” OSU senior running back Keith Toston said. "Because of who they are, the history with them and because of everything that is on the table.” The Cowboys’ program has accomplished a lot in Mike Gundy’s first 41/2 years as head coach: numerous bowl games, a top-five ranking and eye-popping offensive numbers. But a win against Oklahoma or Texas has proved elusive. And without it, the program has not been viewed as a legitimate contender in the Big 12 South. That could change on Saturday. Before the season, many analysts pondered if this was the year it would change. The Pokes seemingly answered that question with a resounding "Yes!” after a 24-10 win over SEC power Georgia in the season opener. Dez Bryant graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as the Pokes jumped from No. 9 to No. 5 in the AP poll. Then came the loss to Houston and the subsequent tumble to No. 16. Gone was all the momentum and national attention of being a No. 5 team as well as the notion the Pokes could be BCS title contenders. "It was a reality check,” tight end Cooper Bassett said. "We beat Georgia, and we were on cloud nine, then we go to ground zero after the Houston game.” Since then, OSU has reeled off five straight wins, including Big 12 victories against Texas A&M, Missouri and Baylor. Before the season, October appeared to be the key stretch for the Cowboys and, through three games, they’ve passed that test with flying colors. "After that (Houston loss), guys put the national spotlight and rankings in the back of their mind,” Bassett said. "(We) got back to the basics and doing the little things right.” Meanwhile, the national attention was nowhere to be seen. The Pokes even dropped one spot in the AP poll after their win over Texas A&M. "Anytime you are on a team that is ranked, that’s the first thing us as players do (check the rankings),” Toston said. "When we see that we dropped or only gained one (spot) it bothers us, but we are able to still focus on the task at hand.” The hype and national attention returns this week with the Pokes looking to put themselves in the drivers’ seat for the Big 12 South title and a BCS Bowl berth. Simply put, a win could change the program forever. "As an athlete, it’s what you dream about,” Bassett said playing in this type of game. "Every little kid dreams about the bottom of the ninth, two outs and hitting a home run to win or fourth down and three seconds left and scoring a touchdown to win the football game. That’s what we, as athletes, thrive on.” Text "COWBOY” to 65360 for your chance to win an OSU Nike Apparel pack. OSU news text updates from NewsOK sponsored by Bone and Joint Hospital.