Cowboys Get Some Love From Brock Huard

Wednesday's College Football Live on the ESPN family of networks featured some more preseason love for Oklahoma State and the position that head coach Mike Gundy and his staff have put the program in. ESPN studio and game analyst and former Washington Huskies quarterback Brock Huard identified Oklahoma State as his pick for a program to make the next step and play in a national championship game.

The second to last segments in the show featured the host and Huard discussing schools that have been consistently good and would be condidates to take the next step and compete for the title. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, and West Virginia were among the schools discussed in the segment.

Huard broke down schedule, returning talent, coaching, and intangibles to each school making that jump to a BCS championship game. At the end he was asked which school has the best chance and his answer was Oklahoma State.

"I really like what Mike Gundy has done with that program and I had a chance to see them in the bowl game and they have a lot of talent," Huard explained.

"A big reason I like them is the best quarterback-wide receiver combination in the country. I know they lost Dana Holgorsen, but they have the veteran quarterback (Brandon Weeden) and wide receiver (Justin Blackmon) and it is all about the front and they return the offensive line intact.

"They would be my absolute pick if they had Orie Lemon back as he did so much as a player and a leader on that defense. They will have to replace him. Oklahoma State is my pick out of the bunch."

Huard's compliments are great. As the preseason football magazines arrive on newsstands, I have already noticed some are rankings the Cowboys too low, but also some are very positive. It's easy to get mad and take it personally, but remember these folks are in the business of selling magazines, and I can speak from experience in knowing the editors often change the opinions and what the writers they hired wrote to prop up a more favorable school that has fans that might buy more magazines.

They can say whatever they want, but Brandon Weeden was the best quarterback in the Big 12 last season and he will be again next season.


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