Midseason review: Oklahoma State


Record: 5-0 (2-0 Big 12)

The trajectory of Oklahoma State's entire season swung in 30 minutes. Down 20-3 at Kyle Field, Oklahoma State looked headed for the bleachers to watch Texas A&M and Oklahoma decide the Big 12 title later this season. The offense rallied, though, taking the lead before the fourth quarter even began, prompting OSU fans everywhere to say, "Dana who?" The loss of offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was a major question mark entering the season, but it's become an afterthought as the offensive line has kept Brandon Weeden's ever-changing, brand-new jersey clean. The Cowboys rank second nationally in total offense while leading the nation in scoring offense after a 70-point day against Kansas that featured 35 first-quarter points in under nine minutes. Joseph Randle has emerged as a big-time running back, and though the defense ranks outside the national top 100, if there's a team in the country that can outscore anyone, it's these guys. OSU should be favored in every game the rest of this season until what looks like a near toss-up at season's end against Oklahoma. Both teams could be undefeated and it could serve as a national semifinal between two undefeated, top 3 teams for a spot in the national title game, in lieu of the defunct Big 12 title game.

Offensive MVP: Brandon Weeden, QB. Justin Blackmon's physical skills are clear, but the Cowboys have showed off their depth at receiver throughout the season, and Weeden's been the guy making it happen. Through five games, nine players have at least 100 yards receiving and five players have at least 15 catches. Weeden is completing just under 76 percent of his passes and his 1,880 yards lead the Big 12 and are fourth-most nationally. He's also thrown 15 touchdowns. He was at his best when it counted most and the Cowboys were down, too.

Defensive MVP: The defensive ends. No big standouts for the Cowboys, though safeties Daytawion Lowe and Markelle Martin have been solid, despite losing Johnny Thomas for the season with an eligibility issue. But ends Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick have been solid, along with linebacker Shaun Lewis. You really could give this to any of those groups. Jones and Blatnick have been consistently disruptive and combined for five sacks.