Last year Texas Tech had to do the impossible in order to actually take some attention away from the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners. But if you think that’s bad then how would you like to be a team capable of winning double digit games and have one of the best triumvirate of offensive players and only be considered the fourth best team in the conference? That was the hand that the Oklahoma State Cowboys were dealt last year but in 2009 Mike Gundy and his Oklahoma State Cowboys are looking for some attention and Mike Gundy could be a coach of the year candidate.
Mike Gundy has been a part of the Oklahoma State program for quite some time. Mike Gundy originally played NCAA college football at Oklahoma State University and when he graduated Gundy became an assistant coach. Gundy coached the wide receivers for a year, then became the quarterback coach and finally the offensive coordinator. Gundy then went to Baylor to be a quarterback coach and then to Maryland to become a wide receiver coach.
In 2001 Oklahoma State was looking for a new head coach and it came down to Mike Gundy and Les Miles. The Cowboys ultimately went with Les Miles but they hired Mike Gundy as their offensive coordinator. In 2005 Les Miles left Oklahoma State to coach the LSU Tigers and Mike Gundy was immediately given the Cowboys’ head coaching job. In Gundy’s first year Oklahoma State went just 4 – 7 and 1 – 7 in the conference. The next two seasons the Cowboys went 7 – 6 and 6 – 6.
Last season Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State team broke out and had a top 10 caliber team that went 9 – 4 but the only reason they lost four games was because they had a brutal schedule that included #3 Missouri, #1 Texas, #2 Texas Tech, #3 Oklahoma and #17 Oregon.
In 2009 Oklahoma State’s schedule is not as brutal but it’s not easy either. Oklahoma State’s opening game is against a Georgia Bulldogs team that has questions marks trying to replace Matthew Stafford and Knownshon Moreno but the Bulldogs normally reload pretty fast. Houston and Baylor could be possible upsets. The Colorado Buffaloes could be improved and of course there are still the games against Texas and Oklahoma.
If Mike Gundy can keep his team focused enough to avoid the possible upset threats by Georgia, Colorado, Houston and Baylor then at worst Oklahoma should be a 10 – 2 team. I think the Cowboys can do even better than that. Everybody loves Texas and Oklahoma. I love Texas, not Oklahoma. The last week of the season, big rivalry game, the Cowboys upset the Oklahoma Sooners and go 11 – 1. I doubt the Cowboys can beat both the Longhorns and the Sooners but Oklahoma State can always hope for a three way tie in the Big 12 next season and maybe they’ll even slip into the Big 12 Championship game and National Championship game. If Oklahoma State does win 10 or 11 games then expect Mike Gundy to be a contender for coach of the year.