Stewart has tweeted that he feels he will be ready. The young man is tough, has a high tolerance for pain, and he likes to perform on the big stage. Clint Chelf and the receivers played big and efficient with 197 yards and two touchdowns in the throwing game against Texas. Stewart would be a boost when a boost is needed versus Baylor.
The Cowboys now have 26 takeaways on the season (19 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries) and as a team they are plus-13 in turnover margin. Baylor is plus-9 and they have 20 takeaways with 11 giveaways. This will be the biggest test imaginable for the OSU defense but they have more than earned the opportunity and the respect going into it.
The OSU defense must keep Baylor from going ballistic on the scoreboard and the Cowboys must find ways to run the ball successfully. That is the only way to beat Baylor.
I'm not arguing that but coaches have to develop players, and coaches have to point their teams in the right direction both physically and, more important, emotionally. The Oklahoma State fans have been upset with Gundy since the end of last season after the brief flirtation with Arkansas and Tennessee.
I'm not defending that, although I felt I knew what was up and was never as upset as the fans. Know this, Gundy is an Oklahoma State Cowboy through and through. He loves his school, loves his players, and he is very shrewd in his effective operation of his program.
OSU fans may need to face it, Gundy is doing his best coaching job right now this season in front of your eyes and mine. This is not the loaded 2011 team. It is a talented group but one that needs direction each week. Gundy and his staff are giving it.
Also, kudos too for Glenn Spencer as he is proving just how good a coach and defensive coordinator he is.