Mike Gundy's strained relationship with his players turned into one of the biggest stories of the offseason in college football. Will that derail what could be a special season for Oklahoma State? Gundy is banking on star running back Chuba Hubbard shaking off any hard feelings and leading the Cowboys to their first appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Athlon asked a few editors and one of its college football contributors to share their realistic win/loss projection for Oklahoma State in 2020.
Oklahoma State Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2020
Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Oklahoma is the favorite in the Big 12, but it’s a close call between Oklahoma State, Texas and Iowa State for second. I give a slight edge to the Cowboys, largely because of the schedule. Both Texas and Iowa State visit Stillwater in 2020. Coach Mike Gundy’s squad has some unexpected voids to fill up front this fall, but the offense should remain explosive behind quarterback Spencer Sanders, running back Chuba Hubbard and receiver Tylan Wallace. The Cowboys made strides on defense last season and another round of improvement should be expected with 11 starters back, including rising star end Trace Ford, linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga and safety Kolby Harvell-Peel.
Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
It's definitely been an interesting offseason for the Oklahoma State football program. The pieces are in place for the Cowboys to contend for a Big 12 title, but is everyone on the same page? While I'm not expecting OSU to implode by any means, I do think there will be enough lingering effects from this summer's turmoil that it will cost them at least one game they were expected to win. And that will be enough to keep Mike Gundy and company out of the Big 12 Championship Game.
Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism)
The Big 12 office did Oklahoma State a big favor by giving the Cowboys a soft opening slate in conference play — you can't ask for much easier than the Mountaineers and Jayhawks in the first two games of the conference schedule. The latter half of the season, however, could get rough, with games on the road versus Kansas State, Oklahoma, and TCU in five weeks taking their toll on the squad. This feels like a case of OSU finishing just outside the top two in the Big 12 standings.