And now, Cowboys fans, amid the hyperventilating and the runaway optimism that might come with a 3-0 start that features the nation's No. 1 passing offense and No. 2 scoring offense, we recommend a long, deep, held breath.
Now exhale for a dose of reality:
Your squad has beaten up a bunch of bums.
Sorry you followers of Cougars, Trojans and Golden Hurricane, your plight is much more severe in a year when your squads couldn't stop a scout team. Surely you realize what we say, albeit harsh, is true. Your crews lurk among the scrub club of college defenses, all beyond the No. 100 rank — among 120 schools — in total defense and points allowed.
OSU fans should celebrate their status, both as an unbeaten and as an entertaining team that seems to be shaking free from those preseason pessimists who tagged the Cowboys for sixth place in the Big 12 South.
The offensive weaponry is expanding, with 13 different receivers catching balls against Tulsa, nine collecting at least two and five grabbing TD tosses.
"Everything's all fun on the sidelines when it's going like that," said wideout Isaiah Anderson. "Everybody was high-fiving and chest-bumping. We just hope there's more of that as we get deeper into our season."
But this Xbox offense won't continue. Can't continue.
Because real defenders are due up at some point. Some Saturday soon, the Cowboys will face dangerous dudes who can cover and tackle and clog running lanes and pressure quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was allowed to toil anxiety-free against Tulsa.
Thus, Weeden's 409 passing yards with six touchdowns in barely more than a half of play.
And the Cowboys coaches know it.
Consider this lost line from Mike Gundy's feel-good postgame news conference Saturday night:
"I would caution you that as we progress through the season, we're going to see some different guys (on defense) who are rushing the edge, who make you move around and have to reset your feet and find open receivers downfield."
Proceed with caution indeed, or risk being disappointed.
This isn't designed as a dose of downer, but due diligence.
Yes, the OSU offense offers plenty of appeal. Kendall Hunter has returned to star stature, Justin Blackmon is on his way and Weeden might be the most underrated quarterback in the conference, if not all of America.
But there's also the possibility — probability? — that all the gaudy stats in this fast start are fool's gold.
We'll soon find out.
This we do know: Washington State, Troy and Tulsa are defensive duds. And, outside of OSU, so are the company they've kept.
The Cowboys' three conquered foes are not only among the worst statistical teams in points and yards allowed, the three wins those teams have managed have come against FCS Montana State, Bowling Green and East Carolina, the latter two who sit 111th and 114th in total defense. UAB, which beat Troy on Saturday, ranks 103rd.
"I don't really know how good we are," Gundy said. "I think we'll have a better feel for where we are in about a month."
Get excited, Cowboys fans, your team looks better than advertised.
How much better?
Proceed with caution.
The Cowboys have rolled up stunning statistics through three games, good enough to rank No. 1 nationally in passing offense and No. 2 in scoring offense.
But OSU's success has come against some of the nation's worst defenses. The defensive resumes of the Cowboys' victims:
Washington State (1-2)