What We Know, and What We Don’t About OSU After 3 Games

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Oklahoma State rolled to a 69-14 win over Texas-San Antonio on Saturday, September 19 in Stilllwater to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Next up is the conference opener against Texas, and the games start to get more difficult and more important.

So at the conclusion of non-conference play, what do we know, and what do we not know about the Cowboys?

What we know:

The Cowboys defense appears to be better, but how much better is difficult to tell.    They haven’t played a difficult schedule, but they are creating turnovers, something that has been emphasized by the coaches and players since preseason practice started.    OSU caused seven turnovers against UTSA and it resulted in 45 OSU points.

Quarterback Mason Rudolph is getting better.   More games, more experience, and he’s learning at a quick rate.    Like OSU as a team, he’s got plenty more difficult challenges ahead, but his confidence and his team’s confidence in him is growing.

Rudolph’s receiving options are coming through.    Depth at that position wasn’t just talk in the preseason.   12 different Cowboys caught passes against UTSA, and that kind of variety will keep defenses honest as the season goes on.

What we don’t know:

Chris Carson is a good running back, but can he be a reliable go-to back down after down?    He’s made some athletic plays that can take your breath away, but his real test will come when OSU needs him to get yards in key situations, and the Cowboys simply haven’t had that many opportunities do that yet.

To follow that up, how will OSU respond as a team in tight, anxious situations.    There was a brief moment in the Central Michigan game when the Cowboys had to respond and did.    Doing that against better teams is more difficult and remains to be seen as they start conference play.

OSU opens Big 12 play at Texas at 2:30 on September 26.

 

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