Athlon Sports Unveils Early Top 25 Rankings for 2017

Written by Kyle Boone

Football season for Oklahoma State ended a week ago. That means we have national signing day, spring practice, summer workouts, and fall training camp before we can seriously talk about football returning to Stillwater.

But it’s never too early to look ahead with who could be ranked in the top 25 for 2017. Thanks to Athlon Sports, they handed down it’s early projection for the teams expected to make that list.

Oklahoma State made the list for the No. 11 projected team in the preseason for next season. Here’s the full rankings if you want a peak.

Here’s what Athlon said about the Pokes chances on being a fringe top-10 preseason team.

The big-play connection of quarterback Mason Rudolph to wide receiver James Washington is more than enough to keep Oklahoma State in the hunt for the Big 12 title next year. The Cowboys also return promising running back Justice Hill (1,142 yards), and there’s optimism the offensive line will continue to improve behind guard Marcus Keyes and tackle Zach Crabtree. Washington has plenty of support at receiver. Jalen McCleskey returns after leading the team with 73 catches, Marcell Ateman returns from injury, and LSU transfer Tyron Johnson is eligible in 2017. The early departure of tackle Vincent Taylor is another loss on a defense that must replace cornerback Ashton Lampkin, safety Jordan Sterns and linebacker Jordan Burton. The schedule features road trips to Texas, West Virginia and Pitt next year, but Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State come to Stillwater.

With both James Washington and Mason Rudolph back for their senior year, and Justice Hill coming back from his freshman all-american season, expectations will be very high for the Cowboys with their sights set on achieving a Big 12 title.


  • David Einstein

    Notre Dame at #24?


  • JP

    I’m not worried about the defense. We have excellent players that will step up.

  • Glen W. Walker

    Clemson at 8?…. And what happens if they win the title tomorrow?

    • Guest

      Because Watson is going pro

  • Tj Smith-johnson

    Osu biggest strengths, wide reciever..Depth.. Nobody has a James Washington, but everything else is on par..Idk if people know this but the wv QB is a baller, we could have the 4 best QB in big 12, I’ll give WV the nod at RB, Texas pretty good too..Our offensive line is mid pack , defensive line top 3 , lb depth good not great, still very very thin at cb… Now I think our goal has to be, make one or two of those units the best in conference, when teams are really good they hold serve on about two or three units.. Potential is there I stress though, idk want anyone to think that making that jump is impossible, but it’s going to be difficult which is what it should be.. Iol I don’t have us in the big 12 title game right now like most lol, but if we outperform some of those units we could be really good, interested in cb though.. That will be the interesting part, and how much the new running backs engage..

    • Big D

      Yea I watched that WV qb at Florida. Dude is a beast

  • ostate4life

    Funny….ou loses all of their play makers on offense with the exception of the QB and tight end and they’re ranked 6th as opposed to us at 11th who return every star plus some. Smh even tho this is a not to be taken seriously ranking.

    • JG

      Probably because they out-recruit us, meanwhile, Gundy is killing it with the 3 stars.