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Everyone knows OSU has receivers. What is another strength you see in this team that may not get as much press?

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Josh Elias

I like the specialists. I don't know why, but I just do. Returning Grogan and Sinor are going to be huge in this team's success. They were the deciding factor in more than a few games last year and I expect them to do the same if needed.

Austin

The safeties. Tre Flowers and Jordan Sterns are going to have their work cut out for them in the secondary, as we only have two corners with significant experience, but they are definitely the right guys for the job. They did a heckuva job last season, and Glenn Spencer knows how to prepare his guys. I believe our safety play will be very strong this season.

Joel

I would say experience is the biggest strength this year. OSU is returning 17 of 22 starters, and on a team that was 10-2 last year that will help this year's squad. At every key position there is at least one starter from last year that can make an impact and also help inexperienced players make an impact as well. The play of returning starters will be the key to this season.

Phillip

The kicking game. Ben Grogan proved himself last year with game winners against Texas and Kansas State. Now as a Senior I think he'll have his best season. Add in punter Zach Sinor who looked good as a FRESHMAN! I see points on the board and OSU winning the field position battle a lot this year.

Robert

Glenn Spencer's fist pump. It makes Tiger Woods' fist pump look like this...

Christopher

The defensive line is the easy choice for another strength, but they've received a fair amount of pub themselves. An under the radar strength would be the Cowboy Backs. The position gets some attention, but mostly in terms of the novelty of its existence, not necessarily the position being a true strength. This season, there's finally a combination of depth, experience, and talent. I think Blake Jarwin is going to have a great season.

Gallagher

Special teams in general will be a strength. Grogan and Sinor are a lethal 1-2 kicker, punter combination.

Dustin

I'm going to go with the Special Teams as a unit. It really is such a huge part of the game. Zach Sinor can be a game changer at punter. I know, I know, the punter being a game changer sounds dumb, but a few times last season he kept us in/helped us win games with his directional punting. Ben Grogan is not too shabby himself in the kicking game and was named to the Lou Groza award watch list this year. In the return game, I'll just say McCleskey, Carr, Seales and Lacy, and leave it at that.

Kyle

I’ll go with Joel and say experience and hopefully depth. There are several position groups that should be deeper than last year. There will be some growing pains but if the Cowboys can hit November in good shape, they should be better equipped for final stretch of the season.

If you could pick only one away game to go to this year, which would it be and why? (Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma)

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Josh Elias

I would pick TCU because that'll have the most riding on it, without stepping foot in Norman. Plus, it'll be nice to see the Pokes have success in Fort Worth after the last time we were there.

Austin

Probably K-State. I'm always disappointed when we have Texas at home, because ATX. However, Manhattan is a great little college town with solid tailgating. Aggieville is always a good time, and Kansas State fans are always rather cordial. I may make this trip with the brodies.

Joel

I am going to the K State game so I will go with that one. Manhattan is a great college town, and it reminds me of Stillwater a lot. I have many friends that go to K State, so it will be great to see them. And Bill Snyder Family Stadium looks like a great environment for a football game so I look forward to it.

Phillip

Kansas State. I have wanted to visit the Little Apple for a football game for years. I've heard it's a great college football town, similar to Stillwater. Plus how many more chances will I get to see a head coach coaching in a stadium named after him.

Robert

Bedlam.

Christopher

Kansas State. It's the only right answer. Manhattan. Snyder. Wildcats vs. Cowboys. Great crowd. Respect. Add in the ever-narrowing window we all have to make it there before Snyder retires, and it's definitely the top road trip this season.

Gallagher

Oklahoma, no doubt. Especially if it has Big 12 title implications.

Dustin

If TCU and OSU are undefeated when they meet in November, then that's the game I want to be at. But, I've always wanted to go to Manhattan; I've heard it's a fun place on game day.

Kyle

Wow, Manhattan is a popular spot. But I’m picking Norman-town. I was there two years ago for that cold, awesome night. Regardless of the Pokes’ record it will be a huge game for those players and OU has a lot of preseason hype this year, so um.... we know what that normally means, eh... I’ll just leave that there.

What is your opinion of the Cowboys' non-con schedule and what changes would you make if any?

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Josh Elias

It's a serviceable schedule, especially with the addition of Pitt. I'd like to kick out Sketchers U, and see us play a top 25 team instead.

Austin

I'm fine with our non-conference schedule. I think it's important to start out with a weak team. Our guys can beat up on SE Louisiana, gain some confidence/experience, and move on. Don't sleep on the Chipp’s, and Pitt should be a competitive game. These three games won't make the Selection Committee giddy with excitement, but it's important to get out of non-con without a loss. (Houston and Ohio State....Yikes)

Joel

I think where the non conference schedule is at is good. Easy first game, good group of 5 game, and a Power 5 game. The committee may not look favorably upon the schedule but the likelihood of going into conference play 3-0 with confidence will look good in the long run.

Phillip

Drop the FCS games. Especially with how poor the opponents are. I'm not saying you have to replace them with Alabama or Clemson, but at least some division 1 talent. There should be at least one P5 school, a decent G5 and a cupcake G5 school on the schedule every year. Luckily after this season there isn't another FCS on the schedule for the foreseeable future. Keep it that way.

Robert

I'm good with it. Run the table in the Big 12 and none of those games will matter as long as they win them all.

Christopher

I have no issue with this year's schedule. First of all, home games are a must during seasons in which we only get four home conference games. Pitt is a legitimate program from a P5 conference. Don't sleep on the MAC either, a lesson we learned last season. Maybe a small upgrade in degree of difficulty for the first game is warranted, but overall I think this is solid. We play nine league games around here. And only one of them is against Kansas, okay? What do you want from us?

Gallagher

Yes change it. No FCS, and at least one top 30 team wouldn't hurt.

Dustin

I'm not a huge fan of the FCS opponents, but I don't mind playing the weaker FBS teams with one Power 5 team thrown in there. As a fan, I love to see the big match-ups like Florida State in Jerry World, but I think realistically two weaker FBS schools and an average to above average Power 5 school is the right mix.

Kyle

I like Pitt. I don’t love Pitt. I understand why Mike Gundy doesn’t want to play Alabama every September. But you at least want a Power 5 school every year. If you do that and win out, you’ll have nothing to worry about. Lose one game and still win the Big 12, you’re probably still good. If you have two losses, you’re probably not getting in the playoff anyway.