The 2017 Oklahoma State football season hasn’t been over a month, yet we’re already looking forward to 2018. And it can’t get here soon enough.
OSU hasn’t known a summer like this since 2012. A record-setting quarterback and wide receiver gone to the NFL, and the team looking for a new man to lineup behind center.
Despite that fact, it seems OSU fans are excited about the unknown.
How excited are you about #okstate football in 2018?
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) January 9, 2018
Of the 1,978 who voted in our poll this week, 1,068 said they were “very excited” about the season ahead. Combine that with neutral (which I’m going to say is more positive than negative) and Cowboys fans are overwhelmingly positive about what 2018 can bring.
The responses though, seemed a little all over the map, though with some interesting points.
“It’s way too early for this question. I seriously doubt too many folks are already jumping out of their skin for next season. If they are, their problems run much deeper than wanting to see a few college kids play football. Fandom is one thing. Obsession is something entirely different.” – Sonny
“Very excited. Big12 is wide open next year. All teams need new faces to step up in big roles. Offense will see decline but I think defense can be much better than last year (how could it not). We have a good schedule and do not be surprised if the Pokes are in the Big 12 title hunt in November. Im a kool-aid drinker, but I see a year just like this year, we could be a few plays away from 10-11 wins or 8-9 wins. I honestly don’t see us winning less than 8 games.” – AvidLunchableEater
“One of the best teams in the nation over the last ten years… what’s not to be excited about!!” – Mark Alred
“Excited about the real possibility of another 10-win season. Not excited about the real possibility of another poor defense.” – T Bone
“I can’t say very excited yet. If Sanders shows himself to be the real deal and some defensive leaders start to show up, whoever may be running that unit, then I can be very excited.” – Matt Belanger
“As of now neutral. I’m expecting a 2012 type season. 7-8 wins, lower tier bowl, building towards 2019.” – jt
“I’m excited, but not very excited.” – Lukas Evans
I’m going to side with Lukas. It’s still early to get excited about next season with so much still up in the air. Who will be the starting quarterback? Will there be coaching changes? Will Gundy ever want another kick to be returned for a touchdown? Will OSU throw a pass or just hand it off to Justice Hill and Chuba Hubbard every play?
I am excited to go into a season without the stress of “College Football Playoff” expectations. I’m excited for the future and what it might bring.
I’m also more invested in college basketball, the NBA, and season 2 of “The Crown” to give next season a whole ton of mental and emotional investment.
But yeah, I’m excited.