FROM AZ TO ULL: Oh what a difference a week makes.

After his big season debut in the loss at Arizona, can Tracy Moore help get Oklahoma State back on track against ULL? Copyright Getty Images

A week ago, we (the fans) were confident.

Now we are nervous.

A week ago, we spoke of how big the game against Texas would be.

Now we have a hard time seeing past the University of Louisiana-Lafayette today (sorry, but until ULM drops "Monroe," ULL gets "Lafayette").

Cowboy Nation is back in familiar territory, and none to happy about it. But should we accept it?

This Bleacher Report story says yes.

SURPRISE....I'm not going to agree with that. I have maintained optimism for the outlook on this season. The loss at Arizona, while tough to watch, was not without some silver linings.

Wes Lunt...Tracy Moore...Josh Stewart...Blake Jackson...Joseph Randle. Despite correctable errors by 4 of the 5 listed, for the most part they all showed the ability to be REALLY dominant in their respective roles.

Shouldn't be to anyone's shock that I did not mention anything related to the defense, although I still believe that they played well enough for OSU to win that game.

The fact for me is this...

The Cowboys are past the days of a few players having great senior seasons and carrying the team to the brink of championship football, then wallowing through 2-3 mediocre seasons (or more) waiting for a few diamonds in the rough or maturity to show up. There is talent deep in this roster, including freshman (and other 1st year players) who are ready to contribute right out of the gate at a potentially championship level. While I'm not all in with everyone on the coaching staff, this team and staff won the Big 12 last year.

I'm ready for my team to be a potential contender EVERY season. I want to expect it. I want 8-4 to be the bad season.

And one game will not dissuade me.

We've talked a lot about the game against Texas being the real barometer for Oklahoma State this season.

I don't know about you, but I can't see the Longhorns from where I'm standing right now.

I sure as hell hope our Cowboys can't either.

GO POKES!!!

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