As we get closer to August 31, the “hype” and expectations for Oklahoma State’s season continues to grow. We can all feel it, any every time now someone mentions the Cowboys, we hear phrases like, “one of the favorites to win the Big 12 title” and “college football playoff contender.” It’s enough to turn most fans into mad dogs foaming at the mouth.
The question though, is how is the team handling the hype and will it affect the way they handle the season? Are you fans worried about whether or not the team is getting too much hype?
The answer?… nah.
Today's poll question: I am ___________ about how much hype this #okstate team is getting.
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 8, 2017
Out of the 1,412 fans who voted, 804 of you said, ‘no, I’m not concerned about the hype.” In fact that’s what was echoed in most of the comments I found on PFB and on Twitter:
Jason Sutton: “I’m not into the hype. My concern is that our players are. Hopefully, Gundy has them focused.”
Barrett Reed: “I don’t believe we are getting hyped more than we deserve. We haven’t proven anything except we have a great team returning who blew out Colorado to end last season. Looking back to 2009 after the Georgia win, that is when I believe we were way over-hyped. I think the group now knows we are a contender and we are still a bit under the radar to most folks around the country. I’m pumped for a memorable season!”
Chris Baker: “We’re not even picked to win the league over a team with a statistically worse defense and no returning RBs or WRs. The hype is fine.”
Tayvl: “Does anyone realize that hype is what recruits pay attention to? There’s nothing wrong with it if the team doesn’t get over-confident.”
Corbin Hackett: “What hype? Hype is something that’s not real…We’re all real. -Boobie Miles”
There’s a difference between hype and expectations.
Hype, to me, is when you build something up without much to fall back on. When you go out and build excitement for something. Think about the job of the ‘hype man.’ It’s his job to get the crowd rowdy, get fans’ blood pumping. While OSU is promoting this team as something special, I don’t feel like the team is being ‘hyped.’ Yes, ESPN and national magazines are making theories about what OSU could do this season, but no one is going out saying they’re going to win a National Title.
There are a lot of expectations for this team, especially in and around the state of Oklahoma. They’re good enough to win a Big 12 title and reach the playoff. At worst, they have the talent to compete in every game on the schedule. And yes, they are being picked by some to reach the playoff.
These are lofty expectations, but I think Gundy and most of this team have been around long enough to know how to handle those. He talked about as much during his media day press conference.
Too much hype?… nah.