A Look at the Oklahoma State Cowboys 2013 Football Schedule

By Mike Atkinson
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys, thought to be one of the better teams in the Big 12 entering 2013, have announced their 2013 football schedule.

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 only tough away games Oklahoma State has are against the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Texas Longhorns.

All of the other away games are against weaker teams. In my opinion, Texas Tech is not going to be what it was last year. The other away game in conference is against Iowa State.

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+.

Mike is a Big 12 Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MikeAtkinsonRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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