After losing five straight games at the end of last season Oklahoma State has reeled off eleven straight wins and the Cowboys are currently in the mix for the college football playoff.
OSU assistants and players credit the program’s head man for leading them with a mental edge.
“He’s a very smart coach that communicates well to them,” Mike Yurcich, OSU offensive coordinator, said. “So his message is every day you have to prepare to win, and Saturday will be the result of your preparation through out the week. Last week it was all about win Tuesday, win Wednesday, win Thursday and then Saturday takes care of itself, so to speak. So that’s the mentality of our team and that comes right from our head coach and trickles on down.”
“It’s just how we’ve been preached to,” Chad Whitener, OSU linebacker, said. “Everybody buys into the system. It really matters that we come out with a win every week because we don’t like losing, and winning week to week helps us not look ahead. It helps us not look in the past.”
“I have studied a lot of mental preparation and clearing your mind and different areas that I think helps our team more so than I have in the past,” Mike Gundy, OSU head football coach, said. “So I’ve shared some of that with them, and it’s been interesting to see how they’ve grasped on to that. And it’s not necessarily just football, but it’s every day obstacles and things they face in life.”
If that mindset successfully continues Saturday the Cowboys would improve to 10-0 for just the second time in school history.