Remember, those are all seniors that have been a part of a Big 12 North champion that played in a Big 12 Championship game last season.
"Well, I think our players are working hard, their work ethic and practicing hard and preparing well up to this point has been pleasing and when you do that for the most part we've played pretty good," said Pinkel, no doubt thinking about that maturity. "I don't think we've played our best game, but I'm very pleased with my team's effort."
"It is something, isn't it? Look at Oklahoma State, 300 yards a game rushing. Let alone Zac Robinson doesn't get nearly enough credit for how good he is," said Pinkel of his explanation for the explosion that has half the conference averaging more than 43 points a game and two-thirds of the league averaging more than 400 yards of offense a game.
"I think we have these wide open, attacking offenses in this league and that has a lot to do with Mike Leach down at Texas Tech with what he is doing and what we've seen. I also think that we are on a run of high level quarterbacks. We've got six to eight in this league and we're not going to have those (kind of quarterbacks) always. That is not going to be the norm but to me those are two factors that lend themselves to what we are seeing and it is amazing," Pinkel continued.
Pinkel has one of the best quarterbacks. Daniel is no taller than six foot and he appears to be a little chunky at 225 pounds, but he is deceptively athletic, a fierce competitor, and extremely accurate with his arm.
"He is obviously a real good player," said Pinkel in an understatement. "He'd be the first one to tell you that he has a lot of good football players that he is throwing and handing the ball to just like Oklahoma State does. We have talented players on the perimeter, but I'm going to tell you one thing and that is if our offensive line doesn't play well nothing works.
"I think we parallel ourselves a lot to Oklahoma State in that we have a lot of good players and good offensive lines and when you have the combination of all those guys then you have a chance to be pretty good."
A new weapon really came to the forefront in the 52-17 win over Nebraska as Derrick Washington rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass.
"I think he is a pretty good player," said Pinkel. "He's only played in five games. I knew he could be an impact player. Time will tell on whether he will do it week in and week out and whether he will continue to get better."
With all the offense in the game on Saturday, what does Pinkel think a winning effort on defense must consist of? "I don't know," said Pinkel laughing. "If I knew that I wouldn't be doing this. I'd be on the phone talking to coaches across the country. I think everybody is going to be surprised. I think the defenses are going to play an impact and people have been predicting that this is going to be a 60-something to 50-something game. I don't think it is going to be like that.
"I think that both defenses are pretty good defenses and both defenses all spring and all two-a-days go against pretty good offenses. I have a lot of respect for Oklahoma State's defense. It'll be interesting to see how this thing unfolds."