OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Oklahoma State never has been a factor in Big
12 football, but the Cowboys are doing their best to change that.
The No. 21 Cowboys go into this week's home game against Texas
A&M unbeaten and with lots of mojo. They have their first Top 25
ranking in four years, a head of steam built from scoring 55 points
or more in three straight games and a fan base that's perking up.
With a massive facilities project to be completed in 2009,
thanks largely to the generosity of megabooster T. Boone Pickens,
the Cowboys are positioning themselves to challenge Oklahoma and
Oklahoma State has the nation's top ground game, the
third-leading rusher in Kendall Hunter, No. 3 scoring offense,
fourth-most efficient passer and a defense that's been good enough
to beat the likes of Washington State, Houston, Missouri State and
Oklahoma State, which has never finished higher than third in
the South Division, must go on the road to play Missouri, Texas and
Texas Tech. The Cowboys play top-ranked rival Oklahoma at home.