Breaking Down the 2013 Oklahoma State Cowboys Schedule

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Schedule Breakdown: Oklahoma State

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The injury bug bit the Oklahoma State Cowboys pretty hard in 2012 as the quarterback situation turned into a three-man job. Wes Lunt went down with an injury and then JW Walsh took over. Following that process, Walsh went down with a knee injury and forced Clint Chelf into the starting role. Overall, Mike Gundy and the Cowboys are pretty unlucky in the QB category.

While Chelf looks like he will be the starter, although Gundy has yet to name one, the Cowboys will likely have a two-quarterback attack in 2013 that will definitely add an extra weapon to their offense. Teams will have to game-plan for two solid quarterbacks instead of just one.

Losing top rusher Joseph Randle will also be a huge loss as Jeremy Smith will take over that role. Randle had over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns last season while Smith fell short of 400 and eight touchdowns.

The Cowboys had one of the best offenses in the nation last season, ranking in the top-10 in points and passing yards while ranking in the top-25 in rushing yards as well. Not too many people want to play Oklahoma State for the simple fact that they will likely put up 40-plus points on anyone.

Returning 15 starters will play a key role in their run for a Big 12 title. Finishing third in the conference last season just wasn’t up to par for Gundy and the rest of his talented squad.

Let’s see how they will fare against the competition in 2013.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Aug. 31: Mississippi State

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Fifth-year starter Tyler Russell will be back with a vengeance in 2013 and will give the Sooners a run for their money in an early-season showdown. However, Mississippi State is returning just 11 starters and the defense will suffer a bit without their top corners from 2012. Watch out for Cowboys wide out Josh Stewart to have a huge game.

PREDICTION: Mississippi State 17, Oklahoma State 31

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Sept. 7: at UTSA

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This game against UTSA should be a simple one. The Cowboys are just far too stacked to even waste their time letting UTSA think they have a chance at winning this game, even on the road. While head coach Larry Coker has had success in the past, the former-Miami coach probably wishes he was still with the Hurricanes.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 20

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Sept. 14: Lamar

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How many of you have actually heard of Lamar? Probably not too many people and the Cowboys will keep it that way, having their way with the lesser-known school. This one could get pretty ugly as the Cowboys’ premier offense will likely have a field day.

PREDICTION: Lamar 3, Oklahoma State 55

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Sept. 28: at West Virginia

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The West Virginia offense is nowhere near where it was in the days of Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. Oh wait, that was last year. Okay, so this team will be significantly less powerful without that three-headed monster coming at you. West Virginia will likely be a struggling squad in game four.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 38, West Virginia 21

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Oct. 5: Kansas State

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Kansas State will be without top offensive player Collin Klein and top defender in Arthur Brown. However, this squad will still be a Big 12 contender and could give some teams a serious headache. The Wildcats’ offense will be fine while the defense will need some help, returning only three starters. That will be the difference in this game.

PREDICTION: Kansas State 24, Oklahoma State 35

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Oct. 19: TCU

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Returning two great starting quarterbacks in senior Casey Pachall and sophomore Trevone Boykin will be pretty big for TCU's conference title hopes, but Oklahoma State is just too strong offensively. Devonte Fields will make a big impact on the run game at the defensive end position, but the Cowboys’ pass offense is just too impressive.

PREDICTION: TCU 23, Oklahoma State 33

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Oct. 26: at Iowa State

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The Cyclones are one of the lower-tier teams in the Big 12, but how big of a fight can they put up against one of the conference’s best? Not much. The Cowboys and their stellar offense will have their way with a sub-par Iowa State team.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 42, Iowa State 17

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Nov. 2: at Texas Tech

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Texas Tech had one of the best quarterbacks in the conference last season in Seth Doege, but losing him will make the difference between an 8-5 squad and a team missing postseason play. Hooking up with Oklahoma State in a late-season battle will be just another nail in their postseason coffin.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 35, Texas Tech 16

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Nov. 9: Kansas

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This one really needs no explanation. The Jayhawks were an embarrassing 1-11 in 2012 and Charlie Weiss is somehow still the head coach of this team. I smell disaster and blowout for the ages.

PREDICTION: Kansas 6, Oklahoma State 51

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Nov. 16: at Texas

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The Texas Longhorns will be a big test for the Cowboys and traveling to Austin will make this game that much tougher. Texas has been predicted by many to contend and possibly win the Big 12 title, but the Longhorns will need a win against the Cowboys in order to achieve such a feat.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma State 28, Texas 35

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Nov. 23: Baylor

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Baylor has had one of the most potent offensive attacks for the past few seasons starting with Robert Griffin III, but their defense holds them back from being a top team. Giving up 37 points per game just won’t cut it in this conference and Oklahoma State will take full advantage of that.

PREDICTION: Baylor 21, Oklahoma State 49

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Dec. 7: Oklahoma

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Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will meet in what looks like a battle for a Big 12 crown in the final game of the season. This could go down as the game of the year, but the final score may not reflect how close the game actually was. The Cowboys will have home-field advantage and that’s just too big to overcome for the Sooners in an in-state battle of this nature.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 24, Oklahoma State 35

Oklahoma State will finish 11-1 and tied for first place in the Big 12.

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