It’s no secret Oklahoma State’s offense is loaded with talent with quarterback Mason Rudolph at the helm and James Washington as one of the most dangerous receivers in the country.
Through five games, the Cowboys are 4-1 and the offense has averaged 46.8 points per game, but is this year’s Cowboys offense as good as Oklahoma State’s 2011 unit?
Pistols Firing Blog ran the numbers, and the Cowboys appear to be in good shape to produce similar stats to the Oklahoma State squad that won a Big 12 championship and a Fiesta Bowl.
The 2017 offense has more total yards on less plays and has far more rushing yards than the 2011 squad. Pistols Firing Blog points out — through five games — Rudolph is above Brandon Weeden for passing yards per game, sophomore tailback Justice Hill has more rushing yards per game than Joseph Randle and Washington is averaging more receiving yards than Justin Blackmon.
Both Weeden and Blackmon were taken in the first round of the 2012 draft, and Rudolph and Washington have a shot to do the same. Randle was taken in the fifth of the 2013 draft, and Hill looks well on his way for future success after rushing for a school freshman record of 1,142 yards in 2016.
The 2011 Cowboys were 5-0 through five games, but the 2017 Oklahoma State team might have more of a quality loss in TCU, who looks like a College Football Playoff contender entering October.
Oklahoma State isn’t completely out of the hunt for a Big 12 title and with a little less than a month before the first playoff poll is released, the Cowboys aren’t done searching for a playoff bid either.
For now, the Cowboys can take some pride in their offense being as good statistically as the 2011 team. Oklahoma State will need its offense to sustain its early success through the remainder of its conference schedule.
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