Sporting News Top 25: Previewing the 2018 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Sporting News Top 25: Previewing the 2018 Oklahoma State Cowboys


Mike Gundy has had a great offseason, flirting briefly, again, with Tennessee and then becoming the Big 12’s third $5 million coach. He got to hire a new defensive coordinator in Duke’s Jim Knowles and was allowed to add a 10th coach and a bunch of new analysts.

All this after a massively disappointing 9-3 regular season and hum-drum trip to the Camping World Bowl. As last year’s losses (all at home) piled up, Cowboy Nation often asked, “If not now, when?”

The answer to when OSU will win its next Big 12 title and get to the College Football Playoff may have to wait for another day. The Cowboys are ranked No. 20 in our Way-Too-Early Top 25 heading into spring practice and now Gundy must find a way to replace college football’s most prolific passer in Mason Rudolph and the Biletnikoff Award winner in James Washington, among others.

Will a revamped roster on offense and an entirely new direction on defense derail Oklahoma State’s chase for a championship? One thing is certain, these Cowboys have a lot of work ahead of them this offseason.

Here is a spring primer for the 2018 season:


Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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