Why the Cowboys will win the Big 12

Elite offense and opportunistic D have made Oklahoma State into this year's Oregon

Updated: October 19, 2011, 1:25 PM ET
By Brock Huard | ESPN Insider
Justin BlackmonBrett Deering/Getty ImagesBehind Justin Blackmon and an explosive offense, the Cowboys sit among the nation's elite.

Two months ago, I picked the Oklahoma State Cowboys to win a reshuffled Big 12. After watching their dynamic QB-WR duo of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon emerge throughout the course of last season, witnessing their overall team speed in person during the Alamo Bowl (which OSU won 36-10 against the Arizona Wildcats) and considering the fact that the Cowboys would be bringing back their entire offensive line, my thinking was that OK State's offense could overcome their inexperienced defense.

As we emerge from the locker room and push into the second half of the season, Oklahoma State is still my pick to win the pass-happy Big 12. As much as I liked the Cowboys during the preseason, I like them even more now. Their offensive strengths have remained healthy and dominant, and the fact that the Baylor Bears, Kansas State Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners travel to Stillwater helps immensely.

The biggest reason why I'm even more confident at midseason about my OSU pick is because of what I'm seeing from the team on the defensive side of the ball. This OK State squad is the 2011 version of last season's Oregon Ducks. Here's why I like their chances of winning the Big 12 and running the table:

• College football analyst for ESPN
• Six-year NFL QB and three-year starter at University of Washington
• Co-host of the Brock and Danny Show on ESPN 710 AM in Seattle