Oklahoma State Cowboys Football Details
Propelled by a top-10 passing offense that gave opposing secondaries nightmares, the Oklahoma State Cowboys fielded one of the most exciting football teams in the country in 2016. They also fielded one of the best. They finished the regular season with a 9-2 record (including a loss that, if not for an officiating error, would have been a win), made an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a seized a dominating 38-8 victory over the No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes in the Valero Alamo Bowl. It was yet another successful year at the helm for head coach Mike Gundy, who broke double-digit wins for the fifth time since his arrival to Stillwater in 2005. In 2017, he has a chance to post his best campaign yet. Quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington—each among the best at his position in all of college football—return to lead the way for a stacked offense. A home game against Oklahoma on November 4 could end up being a battle for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
12 years in, Gundy is in the midst of the longest tenure for a single Cowboys head coach in the 116-year history of the team. It's a storied program that lays claim to a national title in 1945, 10 conference titles, 17 consensus All-Americans and one legendary Heisman Trophy winner—the electric Barry Sanders. Oklahoma State plays in the oldest venue in all of Big 12 football, as the 60,218-person Boone Pickens Stadium has hosted the team since 1920.