Based on the looks of their schedule, they could very easily win a lot of games.
The non-conference schedule consists of games between the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the FCS UTSA Roadrunners and the FCS Lamar Cardinals.
This schedule as a whole provides favorable matchups throughout the season.
With only one division opponent on the list, the conference schedule is fairly weak. As if it wasn’t bad enough that there is only one division one opponent, there are much stronger teams out there than Mississippi State.
Nearly every matchup on the Oklahoma State schedule is ideal. It has most of the tough conference opponents at home, and only travels to face the weaker opponents.
The Cowboys have a bye week before finishing the season against the Oklahoma Sooners at home.
The only matchup I really don’t like on this schedule is Texas away. While home field advantage isn’t everything in college football, it means enough that Oklahoma State should be lucky it has the schedule it has this season.
Overall, I’m giving the Oklahoma State Cowboys a C+ for strength of schedule. They are playing a weak non-conference matchup and really don’t have any trap games or challenging road trips to worry about. The talent on the conference schedule is tough, but there are simply not enough challenging road trips for this squad to get anything higher than a C+.