The Cowboys defense was nowhere near as effective in 2012 as it was in 2011, largely due to a lack of turnovers.
In fact, the Cowboys were only able to force half as many turnovers this year than in 2011.
Obviously, if Oklahoma State had been able to get 44 takeaways again, their season would've looked a little differently.
However, turnovers are generally difficult to predict and kind of fluky, so the best thing for the Cowboys to do is to build a good defense.
In the Big 12, where fast-paced offenses are the norm, this means building depth.
If your team has 15-20 players who can realistically play, you've got a good shot at keeping up and giving your studs breathers.
The Pokes are moving closer and closer to having the depth needed to compete in the conference, especially along the front seven.
Guys like Lyndell and Tyler Johnson have shown the skills needed to be on the field, even if they don't start.
If the Pokes can continue to have recruiting success, the team should be able to play even better defense next season.
With a team that scores as fast as Oklahoma State, your defense is never going to look elite.
That said, if the team continues to improve its depth and gets back to forcing turnovers, they have a chance to become one of the better defenses in the Big 12.