Oklahoma is the media’s favorite to win the conference this year, but ESPN’s Trevor Matich can’t stop talking about the Sooner’s in-state rival, Oklahoma State. Matich says the Pokes could win it all, and he’s not just talking about the conference.
Last month, Matich went on SportsCenter and warned the nation that the Cowboys have the potential to win the National Title.
“I think Oklahoma State has a chance to win the National Championship,” Matich said. “I’m not saying they will, they have a good chance, and it’s because of that offense. They’ve got an NFL talent at quarterback in Mason Rudolph, one of the best deep throwers in the country. But he’s throwing to the deepest and most talented group of wide receivers in the country, led by James Washington.
“No one could stop him last year. But now they add to it a transfer from LSU in Tyron Johnson, who is a speedster, and then when they go down six deep at wide receiver, most of those guys would be starting at most schools in the country. So, good luck trying to cover them all.”
It is no secret that the Cowboy’s offense is absolutely loaded heading into 2017. However, without the blue-blood sticker on their helmet, they don’t always get the credit they deserve.
The Coaches Poll ranking came out this week and Oklahoma State was ranked just outside of the top 10 at 11th. On Sunday, Matich took to SportsCenter once again to make his case for why the Pokes are being underrated.
“Their offense will be the best in the country, and they can turn every game into a shootout from the first quarter,” Matich said. “If your team is playing Oklahoma State and their quarterback Mason Rudolph drops back to pass, if he looks deep you better be sure you are holding your breath and sitting down.
“Every other throw that he makes more than 20 yards down the field is a completion for 40 yards. Almost one out of every three throws more than 20 yards down the field is a touchdown.
“In a day and age when a lot of college quarterbacks are running the run-pass option and throwing the ball at or near the line (of scrimmage), when you have a quarterback that can throw deep that well, you have a guy that can win any game just for that reason.”
Is it time for football, yet?! Between Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and dark horse candidates K-State and WVU, it could be a very, very good year for the Big 12.