Oklahoma State vs. Texas: Mike Gundy Emerges as Coach of the Year Candidate

Sean LansingContributor IOctober 15, 2011

Mike Gundy has the Cowboys in national title discussions.
Mike Gundy has the Cowboys in national title discussions.Brett Deering/Getty Images

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy burst onto the college football scene four years ago with his now infamous, “I’m a man speech.”

Fast forward to this season, and Gundy is known more for the product he’s managing on the field than he is for his post-game rants.

When the Cowboys lineup Saturday against the Longhorns, they will do so with a No. 6 ranking and the nation’s top ranked scoring offense.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden and all-world wide receiver Justin Blackmon have teamed up to form college football’s most dynamic passing duo, and the Cowboys will have the chance to prove that they are the best team in the country—and their own state—as the season progresses.

With matchups upcoming vs. No. 22 Texas, No. 20 Baylor and No. 17 Kansas State before Bedlam at season’s end, Oklahoma State should find themselves in New Orleans come January if they are able to finish unbeaten.

If the Pokes end the season with a zero in the loss column, does Mike Gundy deserve Coach of the Year honors?

Nobody can discount the job he’s done with this offense, and it’s even more impressive when you factor in the loss of former offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to West Virginia.

Sans Holgorsen, the Cowboys haven’t missed a beat. In fact, you could argue they've gotten better.


No team has come close to stopping the Weeden-Blackmon attack, and Oklahoma State has twice hit more than 60 this year, including a whopping 70 points last week against Kansas.

On defense, the Cowboys are nothing special, but does it even matter? When your team is averaging more than half a hundred per-game, who’s going to outscore you?

The answer might just be in-state rival Oklahoma.

The Sooners boast a top ten scoring offense themselves (45 points per-game), and their defense is equally as good at 12th in the nation (15.6 points per-game).

Still, Bob Stoops’s squad hasn't seen an offense quite like Gundy’s.  And really, what team has other than opponents the Cowboys have left in their wake.

Cowboy fans can expect to see some shootouts in the coming weeks (Baylor—47.6 points per-game; Texas Tech—45.8 points per-game), but they should score enough to get by.

Assuming they do, Bedlam will have national title implications, with the winner likely playing for a spot in the BCS Championship game.

Should Mike Gundy lead his team all the way to New Orleans, the Coach of the Year trophy belongs to him.