It’s still early — the college football offseason only began in earnest this week — but Oklahoma State’s odds to do next season what Alabama did Monday to finish this season appear to be rather long.
According to gambling odds posted this week in the wake of the Crimson Tide’s College Football Playoff title win over Ohio State, the Pokes’ odds to win it all in 2021 open at 200-1. It puts them in the category of longshot well behind fellow conference foes OU (8-1), Iowa State (40-1) and even Texas (100-1), which is welcoming in a new coach.
It also lumps OSU in the same odds pool to win the natty as Arkansas, Arizona State, Missouri, Nebraska and Utah, among others.
I can’t say this totally surprises me. OSU is losing Kolby Harvell-Peel, Calvin Bundage, Rodarius Williams and some other important pieces on defense. And on offense, it is losing Chuba Hubbard, Tylan Wallace and Ry Schneider, to name a few.
It likely signals that a repatch year may be ahead for Oklahoma State with a lack of returning star power and experience. The team returns its starting QB, most of the offensive line and huge chunk of young talent on defense, but it’ll enter 2021 with decidedly lower expectations than it did in 2020.