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The Oklahoma State Cowboys' Good Luck Charm

The Cowboys' key to upsetting Florida State may be in the hands of the equipment manager.

Brett Deering

With the Oklahoma State football season fast approaching, one of the biggest questions needing to answering is... Which uniforms will the Cowboys wear against Florida State?

The Tulsa World's Bill Haisten pointed out Friday, that OSU is 9-0 in their black jerseys, a stat which Mike Gundy seemed happy to hear.

"Is that right? Undefeated? I actually didn't know that," Gundy told Haisten in an interview. "That's a pretty good stat."

Can jerseys make a difference when playing the role as the underdog against the top-ranked team in the nation? Possibly. In the Cowboys' nine victories wearing black, only one has been an upset, but it may have been the most surprising upset in school history. It was also the most recent time the Cowboys wore their darks.

Oklahoma State handled third-ranked Baylor, 49-17, in front of a sellout crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Pokes seized momentum in the game after Bryce Petty stumbled just short of the goal line.

Bryce Petty Stumble

Was it the luck of the black jerseys, or something else? Who knows for sure, but Baylor did fumble on the very next play.

The Baylor game was the third time the Cowboys wore black last season, they also beat Kansas State and Kansas respectively.

In 2012, the worst season since the new uniforms were unveiled, Oklahoma State only wore the black jerseys twice and ended the season at 8-5. The Cowboys earned a bid to the Heart of Dallas Bowl where they embarrassed Purdue, 58-14, in... you guessed it, black.

In 2011, the greatest season in school history, OSU wore the lucky black jerseys four times, including in two of the biggest games of the year. Against seventeenth-ranked Kansas State, the Cowboys won in a shootout to earn a Big 12 title. Then slid by Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl,42-38, thanks to a missed field goal by the Cardinal kicker as time winded down. Some good luck there right? Oklahoma State also opened up the season with a win over Arizona and beat Kansas that season in the black tops.

Gundy's luck with the black jersey goes back before the new mix and match uniforms unveiled in 2011. In 2009 Nike introduced a black pant & black jersey combination of the previous uniform. It had been fifteen years since Oklahoma State had donned black when they wore them against Colorado. Brandon Weeden came in at halftime to lead the Cowboys back from an 11-point deficit to win 31-28.

In 2010, they wore the combination again. This time against Texas A&M. Dan Bailey kicked a 41-yard field goal with two seconds on the clock to win the game.

So if Gundy and his squad are the least bit of superstitious, then we could see the Cowboys strut out in black uniforms Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium. Could the black uniforms result in possible goal line fumble or missed field? Or could the black uniforms go in the washer as losers for the first time since their existence? If there is such a thing as a good luck charm, then the Cowboys could pull off the biggest upset in school history.