The Edmond Sun

October 8, 2012

Gundy not worried rankings

CNHI News Service

STILLWATER — When Mike Gundy looks at the Big 12 Conference standings and sees his Oklahoma State football team sitting toward the bottom with a 0-1 record, he’s not fretting.

After all, there are only two teams (Kansas State and West Virginia) that are unbeaten in conference play after just two weeks. It appears there will be plenty of parity in the Big 12 Conference this year and Oklahoma State — with only a loss to then-No. 10 Texas — has no reason to worry just yet.

“We think that there’s a one-loss team that could win — and maybe a two-loss team could win this league based on what’s out there,” Gundy said. “I don’t think anybody knows. I think that West Virginia and Kansas State have certainly set themselves up early, but its really early and there’s a lot of football left out there — a lot of factors can play into that. ... So that provides for an exciting two months coming up.”

Errors focus of bye week

Bye weeks give teams a chance to do two things — heal and improve themselves. The Cowboys are hoping to improve a few areas before playing at Kansas on Saturday.

“We worked hard. We went against each other for 25 minutes,” Gundy said of practice early during the bye week. “Tried to work on speed. Then when we got into the team situation, we worked mainly on correcting situations against Texas that we weren’t happy with — defending the deep ball, defending screens, execution on certain parts of the throwing game.”

OSU allowed 304 yards passing and nine third down conversions and three fourth down conversions.