Fair or not, expectations are high in Stillwater going into the 2012 season for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and head football coach Mike Gundy.
The Cowboys finished the 2011 season with an incredible 12-1 record, including a Fiesta Bowl victory over Stanford in OT to close out the season.
Led by the dynamic combination of 28-year-old QB Brandon Weeden and freak wideout Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State averaged an amazing 48.7 points per game last year, and many believed they should have been included in the BCS National Championship game instead of the eventual champions, Alabama.
Naturally, fans will be expecting similar success in the upcoming season.
However, it seems extremely unlikely that the Cowboys will be able to repeat their run as Big 12 champions.
Here are some of the reasons why Oklahoma State will sputter out in 2012.