Oklahoma State Football: Why Depleted Cowboys Will Struggle in 2012

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Oklahoma State Football: Why Depleted Cowboys Will Struggle in 2012
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Oklahoma State may be coming off its best season in school history, but that momentum will not be enough to keep the Cowboys' depleted squad from struggling in 2012.

The Cowboys lost an abundance of talent from last year's team, including star quarterback Brandon Weeden and the ultra-talented Justin Blackmon. And in addition to those two studs, Oklahoma State will be without three-fifths of last season's starting offensive line and a number of other key starters.

The Cowboys have established an expectation of success in Stillwater and head coach Mike Gundy has had success on the recruiting trail, so there will be a number of talented players ready to step in to fill these roles.

However, not even a major influx of talent will be able to save the Cowboys from having a down year in the loaded Big 12.

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