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EDSBS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW WEEK: OKLAHOMA STATE

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CAN MIKE GUNDY TAKE OSU TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

10-3 might not seem that close to undefeated, but when you consider that Oklahoma State's defeats came by nine, nine, and ten points, it's not all that farfetched. Mike Gundy's brought a level of consistency without precedent in Stillwater; under Gundy, the Cowboys have won at least nine games in five different seasons. Every other Oklahoma State coach combined only racked up a nine-plus win season seven times. But all that success has only yielded one conference title. Will this be the year where Gundy's Cowboys take the next big step?

If they do, it'll take someone stepping up at wide receiver, more consistent play from quarterback, and a lot of newcomers in the secondary and offensive line developing quickly. And by "quickly," we mean "in fifty-some days," when they take on defending champion Florida State in Texas. If they pull the upset there, they'll still have to survive the second half of the schedule, including road games against TCU, Kansas State, Baylor, and Oklahoma.

They're likely not the first team you'd pick out of the Big 12 to make a run at the 2014 title, but maybe, just maybe, something's there we aren't seeing. Let's ask proven champion Gregg Popovich what that might be.

EDSBS: Coach Popovich, what's the hidden advantage Oklahoma State's got that could carry them to a national championship this year?

COACH: (silent glare)

EDSBS: Great talking to you as always.