Big 12 Football Power Rankings | #3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With 13 starters including the starting quarterback and top receiver moving on, it looks like the Oklahoma St. Cowboys could be entering a rebuilding year. However, a little more digging could tell a different story.

#3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys

2013 Finish | 10-3 (7-2)

Replacing Clint Chelf could in all likelihood be a tall task but, when you have another quarterback with starting experience it eases the process. That is the case with OSU. J.W. Walsh earned the starting role over Chelf in 2013 but after five games was replaced. During his career, Walsh has thrown 22 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions.

Returning to lead the receivers is none other than...well we aren't quite sure. Wihtout Tracy Moore and now Josh Stewart, the time has come for a new name to emerge. However, the job of the receivers may become a bit easier with Desmond Roland leading the running between the tackles. A concern comes up mentioning the lines as the Cowboys are interior linemen will be young. Assuming they live up to their potential, OSU and the offense will be absolutely fine.

Now, the defense is another story and falls under the rebuilding stage. With holes to fill all over the place and losing more than their fair share of experience, questions abound. With the shift happening in college football, the Cowboys could run into quite a bit of trouble when attempting to slow opposing teams down. The feat of 10-3 looks tough to repeat in 2014. Can this defense come together and surprise the rest of the conference? Only time will tell.

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