Arizona fans probably feel adequately acquainted with the Oklahoma State football team. After all, Saturday's meeting will be the third between the two since December 2010. That will mark three times more than the Wildcats have seen conference partners Cal or Washington State over the same time span.
But plenty has changed in Stillwater since last September's Cowboy romp. I got insight on the match-up for Pac-12.com from Rich Rodriguez, Jake Fischer and Matt Scott, and this week a posse of Cowboys were gracious enough to chat with us. Below is a podcast with CowboysRideForFree.com writer Cincy Joe, and after the jump are Q&A's with CRFF's Bryan King and Pistol Firing's Kyle Porter.
Bryan King, CRFF.com:
- Though SSU is a difficult opponent against which to judge a performance, what is the early assessment of Wes Lunt?
He's going to be better than freshman are probably supposed to be but here's the problem...OSU is coming off two years of the best quarterback in its history (by far) so that's going to be his measuring stick. If he was coming in after Donovan Woods or somebody like that, people would be handing him the keys to the city (heck, some are trying to do that right now) but I think it's important to temper expectations and look to the running game to shoulder the load.
- At Pac-12 Media Day, Rich Rodriguez told me Joseph Randle is as good as any running back in college football. How realistic is a Randle Heisman campaign, playing in an offense known to air it out?
I was thinking about this after the Savannah State game. I actually think it's pretty realistic because of how much Lunt is going to check down. Randle isn't going to lead the country in rushing yards (because backup Jeremy Smith is every bit as good) but I wouldn't put 30 total TDs out of his reach. Is he going to win the Heisman? I doubt it, best case scenario he back doors his way into being a finalist in early December.
- What facet of the game must OSU dominate to leave Tucson with a win?
This sounds weird because it's one thing OSU has been really solid at the last decade or so, but I'm worried about special teams. The advantage of having a great kickoff guy has been negated and our punt returns right now inspire the opposite of confidence in me. If OSU takes care of business there I think they have too many horses (desert joke!) for Arizona to deal with.
And a prediction:
Pokes - 45, Zona - 21