Oklahoma State looking to exorcise Ames demons, 2 Cowboys suspended

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Welcome to the Friday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundupwhere we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.

Oklahoma State looking to avoid another road scare vs. Iowa State

Ames, Iowa, has not been kind to Oklahoma State in the Mike Gundy era. The Cowboys are 3-2 at Iowa State under their current coach. Of course, that includes a heartbreaking loss to the Cyclones in 2011, denying the Cowboys a shot at a national title.

Even the victories haven’t come easily. Oklahoma State’s most recent trip to Ames required coming back from a 24-7 deficit to improve to 10-0 in 2015. The renewal on Saturday carries plenty of Big 12 title implications. The Cowboys’ conference championship hopes likely end with a loss to the Cyclones.

Oklahoma State victory would help Oklahoma, TCU

Although Oklahoma State-Iowa State is a top-25 matchup, it’s far from the biggest Big 12 game this weekend. That title belongs to the showdown looming between No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 TCU. The Cowboys can do those teams a favor in beating Iowa State.

The Cyclones upset the Sooners and Horned Frogs, holding head-to-head tiebreakers over both. If Oklahoma State beats the Cyclones, the loser of Oklahoma-TCU would still control their own destiny for a spot in the Big 12 title game. An Iowa State victory would make the Cyclones the favorite for a spot in the championship game. The Cowboys, though, are obviously trying to make it into that game themselves. They need to win out and for the loser of Oklahoma-TCU to lose one of its final two games.

Other headlines from the program:

Davon Dillard, Zack Dawson suspended indefinitely ahead of basketball opener

Oklahoma State basketball suspended junior Davon Dillard and freshman Zack Dawson indefinitely Thursday for “failure to meet team standards.” Dillard was a candidate to start and was medically cleared to play after offseason foot surgery. Dawson, the Cowboys’ lone freshman, was expected to primarily come off the bench.

The suspension leaves Mike Boynton with nine scholarship players for his head-coaching debut. Boynton and the Cowboys begin their season against Pepperdine on Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Other headlines from the athletic department:

  • The Cowgirls basketball team also begins its season Friday, hosting Incarnate Word at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The women play at 11 a.m. local time while the men play at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Oklahoma State men’s and women’s cross-country teams will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Friday in Ames. Thursday, it was announced the teams set a program record with 30 Academic All-Big 12 honorees.
  • The Oklahoma State wrestling team begins its season Saturday against North Carolina.
  • The Cowgirls soccer team hosts Missouri State for a first-round match in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer

Linebacker Gyasi Akem

Defensive end Trey Carter

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