As Kenny Hill and the Texas A&M Aggies demonstrated on the opening night of major conference college football, preseason projections often don’t mean a whole lot. You never really know how teams are going to replace departed stars and continue on from year to year. With that in mind, it would be incorrect to say that the Oklahoma State Cowboys have no chance in their opener against the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday. A Cowboys win looks extremely unlikely, but you never know.
A win certainly won’t come easy for Oklahoma State. Unlike the South Carolina Gamecocks team that Texas A&M shocked on Thursday, the Seminoles are a much more known quantity. After all, they return Heisman-winner Jameis Winston to lead a talented supporting cast.
For the Cowboys to pull off an upset — or even to just hang around with the Seminoles on Saturday — they will probably need a Kenny Hill-like performance from their starting QB, J.W. Walsh. The Cowboys return only four starters on defense in 2014, so a shootout may be Oklahoma State’s only hope.
Walsh has had an up-and-down career so far, but Oklahoma City’s offense does give him a chance to put up big numbers. Head coach Mike Gundy may let Walsh air it out as much as Hill did for the Aggies on Thursday, with the hope of producing a similar result.
The Seminoles are sure to put up a lot of points, so Oklahoma State will have to match them. They won’t exactly have it easy against the Florida State defense, but they might find it comparatively simple to trying to stop the Noles’ offense. But don’t write the Cowboys off in this one, at least until they have spent some time on the field.