September 17, 2007

What now?

A season that started out with a great deal of promise for the Oklahoma State Cowboys has suddenly turned into one with very serious questions.

The once-potent Cowboy offense has seen a two-year starter replaced at quarterback, a three-year starter at the "quarterback of the line" position lost for the season and has been without its top rusher for basically the whole season. A defense that everyone expected to show immediate improvement so far has not. The Cowboys were embarrassed by a Sun Belt Conference school that rolled up 562 yards en route to a 41-23 win.

And the Texas Tech Red Raiders roll into Stillwater next weekend to kick off the Big 12 slate one week earlier than the rest of the conference.

So, where does third-year head coach Mike Gundy go now?

He first has to address the situations at center and running back. David Washington, who was lost for the season with a broken leg at Troy, is a massive loss. Washington was not the most talented player on the OSU line, but he has been responsible for all of the line's calls and adjustments for all three seasons under Gundy.

"It's a tremendous loss for us," Gundy said in his Sunday teleconference with the beat media.

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