The Oklahoma State Cowboys are a team that is going to play in the College Football Playoff for a reason.
They will be there because of their defense.
They have one of the best pass rush units in the country and the defense will have to play well against the likes of LSU, Alabama and USC, which is a tough task given the schedule they have.
The defense has been good for years, and it was solid for the Cowboys last season.
They did a good job with turnovers.
They didn’t allow a lot of big plays in 2017 and have been one of two teams to finish in the top 10 in total defense and pass defense for most of the season.
That’s good enough to get them in the Playoff, but they need to do it on the defensive side of the ball.
Oklahoma State ranked in the Top 25 in both of those categories in 2017.
They need to put together a solid year.
The offense is also going to need to come together for the next few years.
The Sooners ranked 23rd in total offense and 21st in total yards per game in 2017, so the passing attack is going have to be a major part of their success.
This team has a great quarterback in Trevor Knight and a really good receiving corps.
The secondary should be good and there’s a good core of defensive linemen and linebackers.
There are still some question marks on offense.
Quarterback Logan Thomas has a long ways to go before he’s the quarterback the Sooners are used to, but he’s going to have to step up to make an impact this year.
And, like the defense, the offense needs to play at a high level.
The offensive line is going be one of Oklahoma State’s biggest weaknesses.
The Oklahoma Sooners struggled in 2017 because of the lack of experience at guard and tackle, so their line will have an even bigger issue moving forward.
Oklahoma’s defense will be an issue for the rest of the schedule as well.
The Cowboys have to take care of the football this year and not let any of the upsets get to them.
Oklahoma is a good team, and the Cowboys are going to get there.
However, if Oklahoma State can’t come together on defense, then it’s going be a tough path to the Playoff.