American college football is a pastime that encourages school spirit as well as teamwork and dedication. For a school’s football team to go undefeated, meaning they win all of their games in a season, is a miraculous feat and has only been achieved by a few teams in a span of 100 years.
Oklahoma State University’s football team is on its way to an undefeated season. The school has only won a national championship in football in 2 years: 1945 and 1946. They have only been 9-0 one other time – in 1945. This was before modern college conference play and way before the introduction of the BCS.
The Cowboys have never played for a BCS title, or in any other BCS game. For Oklahoma State, the thought of playing in the BCS title game is only in dreams. But this 2011 season is making that dream a reality.
As a student, I have seen the ups and downs of the Oklahoma State football program. The historic 1988 season of Barry Sanders and Mike Gundy gave OSU a Heisman Trophy winner, yet lead to a decline through the ’90s. Les Miles’ Cowboys showed glimpses of glory but ultimately faltered toward the end of his tenure. Mike Gundy came back as head coach and turned the program around, leading the Cowboys to 5 bowl games.
I hope Oklahoma State can win all their games and go to the National Championship game. Players like Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Tracy Moore, and Joseph Randle have NFL potential and have so much talent. Let’s see what this team can do and maybe dreams can come true.