July 10, 2013

OSI breaks down the top 5 games for OSU in 2013

It seems like it's taking years for the college football season to roll around, but that won't stop us from previewing the 2012-13 season for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Every season has its own story, whether it's the game that somewhat derailed a season like the early matchup at Arizona last year to the Iowa State blemish on an otherwise perfect season in 2011 (Sorry for bring it up).

This year, the goal is the same for the Pokes. Thirteen wins, a Big 12 Championship, and a National Championship is the simple checklist that they have as they prepare for it this summer.

With that, we here at OSI are counting down the top 5 games of 2013, and why they're big games before OSU begins to climb the mountain that is their season.

No. 5: vs. Baylor, Nov. 23, Stillwater, OK
No. 4: vs. Mississippi State, Aug 31, Houston, TX
No. 3: vs. TCU, Oct. 19, Stillwater, OK

Last year, Oklahoma State hit the Horned Frogs in the mouth from the get-go, beating them 36-14 in Boone Pickens Stadium.

Departed quarterback and then-starter Wes Lunt threw for 324 yards and a touchdown, while Joseph Randle ran for another 124 yards and a score on the ground, and OSU overpowered one of the better defenses in the league with relative ease.

The game might have given Oklahoma State fans a false sense of what TCU can do in the Big 12, as they seemed to catch the visitors at the right time to score an easy conference win, something that doesn't come that often.

This year, the Horned Frogs return another brick wall-like defense that showed up for almost every other game outside of Stillwater in 2012, and ranked 30th in the nation in points against. To rank in the Top 30 in the nation against the offenses of the Big 12 is something to talk about. To put that in perspective, Kansas State was the only one to rank higher at 28th in the nation.

TCU seemed to employ the "Hang around long enough to make a move" tactic last year, as several of their games went down to the wire, and that could always be a problem for anyone on any given Saturday.

They come back more talented this year, and though their schedule is brutal, the TCU date comes directly after West Virginia and Kansas State, then is followed by Iowa State the next week.

The Horned Frogs might be the toughest matchup of that early-season stretch of solid teams, and if the Cowboys can sneak past them once again, it would be huge for their season's momentum.

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