STILLWATER, Okla. —
Some hadn’t heard the news prior to the scrimmage, while others chose to ignore it.
“I didn’t even know it was coming out today,” Oklahoma State senior linebacker Caleb Lavey said. “I really don’t check the polls very much, anyway. That’s one of the great things about this team, is that we really don’t pay much attention to those things. We haven’t proven anything yet, and that’s a great place to be as a team. We’re hungry. We know that we might be ranked high, but we still have a long way to go and we haven’t arrived anywhere.”
Even in a year in which the Big 12 doesn’t have it’s usual reputation — failing to put any team in the top 10 for the first time since 1992 — the news of being picked as the top team in the Big 12 has only added excitement to the program. Earlier in this summer, the Associate Press also picked the Cowboys to win the Big 12 — another first for the program.
And while occasionally players like Lavey will be reminded of those high expectations, the senior linebacker said the Cowboys haven’t let that pressure get to them.
“I remember Coach Gundy mentioning something about it at the beginning of the year about how Oklahoma State has never really been picked to win the Big 12,” Lavey said. “Honestly, the coaches do a great job of never mentioning that. I had no idea that we were ranked so high until the media has enlightened me on all this. It’s good to know that it really doesn’t matter to our football team. We’re fired up to play Mississippi State, and that’s the mindset of everybody and the mindset of a team that’s ready to have a good season.”