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How Much Does Experience Mean in College Football? Phil Steele Has Pokes Way Ahead

June 23, 2024
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STILLWATER – It makes sense when you have a starting quarterback returning for his seventh season of college football that his team would be the most experienced of the 134 schools in Division I FBS college football. How does that happen anyway? You add the COVID-19 season the NCAA gave to all players in the 2020 season with a redshirt season, and then prove that two of your seasons were compromised by physical health or injuries and it adds up. Alan Bowman and his family hired an attorney to help with the process and I’m sure that encouraged the NCAA versus possibly going to litigation. Oklahoma State has 17 players that will be in their sixth-year or in the case of Bowman his seventh year of college football. Those kind of numbers make you the leader in experience. 

Here are the top 10 and other major Division I conference leaders in experience for the coming season.

Rank School/Conf.

Total Points

Seniors

Str’t - 2 Deep

% Lettermen

Ret - Rank

% Yards

Ret - Rank

% Tackles

Ret - Rank

OL Career Str’ts - Rank

Big Play D % - Rank

1. Okla.State/Big12 95.7 10 - 7 72.2 - 12 82.2 - 17 83.9 - 7 214 - 2 81.9 - 10
2. Va.Tech/ACC 85.5 13 - 4 79.7 - 2 92.1 - 3 72.9- 22 122 - 19 72/2 - 25
3. Iowa St./Big 12 90.2 6 - 0 75.8 - 6 87.0 - 9 82.4 - 9 90 - 52 88.3 - 5
4. Iowa/Big10 85.3 14 - 4 72.7 - 11 63.4 - 44 77.5  - 13 154 - 7 64.9 - 41
5. Ark.State/SunBelt 83.4 14 - 5 64 - 35 86.4 -10  74.1 - 19 76 - 73 72.1 - 26
6. Hawaii/Mt.West 83.3 9 - 11 66.7 - 26 92.2 - 2 93.8 - 1 47 - 111 46.4 - 94
7. SMU/ACC 82.3 13 - 8 67.7 - 23 93.0 - 1 73.1 - 20 120 - 21 31.9 - 119
8, Rutgers/Big10 82.1 13 - 2 63.5 - 37 83.2 - 14 75.8 - 17 123 - 16 73.7 - 22
9. USF/AAC 81.9 11- 7 70.1 -15 88.4 - 6 64.8 - 42 59 - 94 66.1 - 37
10. Stanford/ACC 81.5 5 - 2 68.6 - 21 88.2 - 7 85.1 - 3 70 - 76 72.6 - 24
12. W.Mich./MAC 80.8 12 - 7 60.0 - 57 76.5 - 34 71.5 - 24 92 - 49 70.8 - 29
13. Ms.State/SEC 80.7 16 - 7 57.7 - 70 72.0 - 30 42.2 - 112 222 - 1 23.0 - 130
40. SHSU/C-USA 72.1 8 - 5 65.6 - 30 51.5 - 61 70.6 - 28 98 - 44 64.4 - 43
80. UConn/Ind. 64.9 8 - 6 52.2 - 98 38.8 - 93 55.7 - 75 80 - 63 56.3 - 65
121. Wash.State/Pac-2 52.3 9 - 6 59.0 - 61 25.7 - 113 43.8 - 109 63 - 90 35.0 - 115

Oklahoma State doesn’t lead in any particular category, but they are in the top 20 in yards returning, tackles returning, career starts on the offensive line, and big plays on defense returning. 

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Phil Steele 2024

As we pointed out on Saturday when we first received our Phil Steele 2024 College Football Preview, he picks Oklahoma State No. 15 and No. 17 in the country in his Top 40 Poll and Power Ranking respectively. He picked Oklahoma State in a tie for second in the Big 12, but in every reference he cited the Cowboys experience and how that could help them wind up in the College Football Playoff. 

In my opnion, experience doesn’t guarantee anything, but if it is combined with talent, which I think Oklahoma State has, it can be the determining factor. 

Oklahoma State is in a strong situation with all that experience, which seems to show up more in adversity, in road games, and in crunch time of close games. 

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How Much Does Experience Mean in College Football? Phil Steele Has Pokes Way Ahead

1,452 Views | 2 Replies | Last: 18 days ago by Orangeheart72
Joe Khatib
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2011 and 2021 were two of the most experienced teams during the Gundy era and you saw the results of those two seasons!!!
Orangeheart72
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Seems to me, two factors are hurting the Pokes in national reviews. The poor stats regarding last year's defense and Bowman's virtual 1-1 touchdown to interception ratio. If both improve substantially, we should challenge for sure. If either just repeat last year's performance, it's tough to expect enough close game luck/breaks/or special coaching to carry us to the Big XII Championship 2 year's straight. (But......having said that, I'm always a huge optomist about the Cowboys!)
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