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August 17, 2013

Cowboys ranked No. 13 in preseason AP Poll

STILLWATER, Okla. —

It used to be that the Oklahoma State University football team broke their team huddles by chanting “Big 12.” These days the Cowboys are thinking a little bigger than just the team’s second Big 12 title.

“When we break down our huddles, we chant, ‘BCS,’” Oklahoma State senior offensive lineman Parker Graham said. “I guess it’s a sign of how much our program has progressed.”

A Bowl Championship Series berth seems even more possible with the release of the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll. For the first time in the 63-year poll, the Cowboys came in as the top team in the Big 12 — debuting at No. 13, just ahead of No. 15 Texas and No. 16 Oklahoma.

“We have a lot of respect for the media, and we’re pleased that people see us as a quality football program,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “Obviously we have to go play our game.”

But while Oklahoma State comes in as the highest ranked team in the Big 12, the Cowboy players haven’t really taken much stock in the polls — especially after Sports Illustrated kept the Cowboys out of its preseason top 25.

“It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish,” Oklahoma State senior receiver Tracy Moore said. “It’s good that we got a pretty high ranking, but we want that No. 1 spot.

“It’s all a matter of opinion. Sometimes the guys haven’t even played the game before and don’t really know what’s going on. They don’t know what teams have coming back and stuff like that, so a lot of times it’s a little difficult to judge a team. Everybody has their opinion, but the only thing that matters is where you stand at the end of the season.”

That seems to be the consensus around the Oklahoma State team as the final day of fall camp wrapped up with a scrimmage Saturday in the Sherman Smith Training Center.

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