The Oklahoma State Cowboys were dealt an easy hand in week one, downing Savannah State 84-0. But the team knows this week brings a much tougher test, the Arizona Wildcats.
"You can look back at the tape and know that not every game is going to be like that. Opponents are going to get better week to week," said senior Isaiah Anderson. "We can't hang our hats on that one game and think we're a top division one school in the nation right now because of that game. We have to prepare to go against tougher opponents every week and hope we can get better every week."
"I'm glad a lot of other guys got to play. It was really important that everyone get in there and get familiar with what well be going through all year," added junior Caleb Lavey. "To keep as many guys as we did fresh was really important. We're going to go into Arizona with our legs under us."
With such an easy matchup against the Tigers, the Cowboys will have to bear down in practice to be ready for their first division one opponent and their first road game of 2012.
"We're going to have to start today serious focused and make sure the younger guys understand that we just cant run into any game or every game like we did against savannah state, Lavey said. "We're going to have to have a different mental approach and we're going to have to push ourselves to figure out what were going to do."
The Pokes have won two straight against Arizona. But the Wildcats look a lot different under first-year head coach Rich Rodriguez.
"This is a totally new coaching staff. We're going to have to go off of the things we saw last week and not last year," said junior Joseph Randle. "We're going to have to prepare for their new schemes and everything because they have a totally new coaching staff."