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No. 32: Oklahoma State

It’s time to stop and smell the roses, which makes sense: Oklahoma’s state flower is the rose, after all. Oklahoma State has won 41 games over the last four years, the second-most in the Big 12. The Cowboys own the Big 12’s best record during conference games since 2009. Last fall, the program notched its first Big 12 championship and its first outright championship since 1948, when it took home the Missouri Valley Conference crown. The Cowboys just won 12 games in a season for the first time in program history; they ended the season ranked third in the final A.P. Poll, the highest end-of-season ranking in school history. In November, O.S.U. held leads of 10-0, 24-0 and 44-3 before cruising to a 44-10 win over Oklahoma – only the Cowboys’ 18th win in the rivalry, but certainly the most satisfying. Oklahoma State should take some time to appreciate all that has been accomplished over the last four seasons, and doubly so when it comes last fall’s wonderful success. But don’t wait too long: September’s coming fast, and being elite once comes with a price – everyone expects you to do it again.

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    No. 16: Oklahoma State

    How do you know when a program has arrived? You can stand away from the action and just look at the won-loss record, but can you pinpoint the actual day a team really arrives? You can with Oklahoma State, in my mind: Oct. 11, 2008 — Cowboys 28, then-No. 3 Missouri 23. It wasn’t that people weren’t already paying attention, seeing that the Cowboys opened that season 5-0 and were coming off back-to-back bowl berths. It was more a case of people standing up and really taking notice of a program that had, slowly but surely, developed into a B.C.S. contender under Mike Gundy. That was just the beginning: Oklahoma State went on to win nine games that fall, nine more in 2009 and a program-record 11 in 2010. Arrived? Oklahoma State’s crashed the party, and there’s no reason to think the Cowboys won’t hang around for the foreseeable future.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.