The Cowboys are this years trendy top 10 pick and also appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated preview edition ranked No. 7.
Much of the pre-season love can be attributed to the offense which finished 2008 ranked No. 6 and figures to be even more prolific this year with super triplets QB Zac Robinson, RB Kendall Hunter, and WR Dez Bryant all returning.
The offense will be plenty potent but it could be the D that holds this team back. The secondary ranked 109th in passing yards last year and returns only one starter. Overall, the defense finished 2008 ranked 93rd. Defensive guru Bill Young has been brought in to fix the defense, but I question if the talent level exists to make major improvements.
Also standing in the way of Oklahoma State’s dream season is an intimidating schedule. Not only do the Cowboys have to play both Oklahoma and Texas, they open with Georgia on Sept 5.
If they survive a battle with the Dawgs, they face a Houston Cougars team on Sept 12 that gained over 400 yards in every game last year. The Cowboys will also go up against a revenge minded Missouri and the always potent offense of Texas Tech.