It was going so well for Oklahoma State. Entering the last two games of the season the Cowboys were 10-0 and on the fringe of being in the college football playoff.
Then, the Cowboys would lose two games in as many weeks, but they would lose much more than just those games. Sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was a key cog in the 10-2 Cowboys season, broke a bone in his foot, requiring surgery.
Some thought OSU would be ok while senior quarterback J.W. Walsh would step in for Bedlam, but those with hope saw that vanish after the game turned into a blowout in the second quarter.
After Bedlam, on November 30, Rudolph had surgery, or what OSU coach Gundy is calling more of a procedure than anything. In early December, Gundy told The Tulsa World, “I think he’ll be practicing in two weeks. He’ll have to (focus on) conditioning over the next 10 days.”
This was good news for the team and fans alike, as the Cowboys are underdogs facing an Ole Miss team who is the only team to have beaten SEC Champion and playoff bound Alabama in 2015.
Now, the Cowboys got even better news as it was announced on Tuesday Rudolph was out of the boot and practicing once more, preparing for the Sugar Bowl as if he is going to start.
“He’s progressing well,” Gundy said “He’s kind of getting back into it. We want to get him up and running. He’s a little bit ahead of schedule. It’s encouraging, for sure.”
For OSU to beat an Ole Miss team that’s already favored by a touchdown in some places, Rudolph will have to get ready quick as they will be playing one of the top defensive ends in the country, Robert Nkemdiche.
Nkemdiche, who has a couple of sacks on the year, could potentially be out however, as he fell out of a hotel window in Atlanta this last weekend, but there has been no suspension announced from Ole Miss.