Time To Gain Confidence: The Key To an Early Cowboy Winning Season

Eric MariottContributor IJuly 9, 2009

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 08:  Quarterback Zac Robinson #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys drops back to pass against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


            Newsflash, Oklahoma State fans:  The Big 12 South will be the biggest war zone in the 2009 College Football season. 


          Oh wait.  Not a newsflash.  Just a fact.  The Cowboys will be a formidable team and have proven the last couple of seasons that they aren’t a joke.  The talent is there, the coaching is there, the stadium and the fan base are now there.  What the Cowboys need is a major shot of confidence and to start out the season with a bang, and playing the Georgia Bulldogs on the September 5th season opener just might be exactly what the doctor ordered.  A healthy win on this day will give OSU a major edge and confidence builder as conference play ensues.  As fans last season we watched a gallant battle versus Texas and a total collapse under OU.  Let’s ask ourselves are these teams that much more talented, or are the Cowboys less confident on the field?


          It’s time to put up or shut up, and the Cowboys are going to step up and take the high powered offense and number 1 ranked special teams against a respectable SEC opponent.  What the Cowboys need now more than anything is an opportunity to play four full quarters of hard knocking football.  The Bulldogs lost a couple of guys last season named Stafford and Moreno, and are a little lacking in the superstar department.  Joe Cox and Aaron Murray are both respectable QBs, but don’t expect Cox to march his offensive line in the cool, calm, and collected manner that Matthew Stafford did all last year, even in the face of certain defeat.  The injury bug has also spent some quality time with the Georgia offensive line, giving a chance for the Pokes to get those linebackers up into some faces.  Pressure MUST be put on Cox, because he is accurate to his receivers.  The more pressure that is put on Cox, the less of a factor AJ Green will be.  Green has been the designated stud WR for the Bulldogs since Knowshon Moreno left, and again, does not measure in quality compared to Moreno.  Another advantage for the Cowboys.


          As to offensive weaponry, this is Zac Robinson’s dream opportunity.  Opening weekend, national TV audience, and a major out of conference opponent add up to a chance to show his talent and finally gain some respect as a Big 12 quarterback.  The Georgia defense will be a bit different than any Big 12 defense.  Expect to see some sort of blitz on practically every play, and expect things to get physical, as in OU defensive line physical from Georgia.  The key here is to get Dez Bryant out there making a lot of noise and gaining that double coverage, opening up holes for the rest of the receivers.  As to the running game, the freight train known as Russell Okung should be able to punch a crease big enough for Kendall Hunter to slip through and get a little COWBOYS FIRST AND TEN action. 


          Nothing more needs to be said about special teams.  The Cowboys will dominate in this department and should yield one or two scores from this strength. 


          Finally, another key to consider to helping the Cowboys reach their victory is the fans.  T. Boone Pickens stadium MUST BE A SOLD OUT SEA OF ORANGE and VERY LOUD.  The fans haven’t been there in the past always for the Pokes, and this is the year if any to rally behind them.  Talk is already out there that the National Champion ship will be Florida and whoever wins the Red River shootout.  Aren’t we tired of this scenario?  Isn’t this Oklahoma State’s time?  Granted, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we as fans shouldn’t count on any victory.  Take every game one at a time.  Let’s see Oklahoma State start out strong by bloodying Mark Richt’s nose in front of the home crowd. 


          You can do this, Cowboys.  You have all the tools.  We believe in you.