Barry Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Other Pokes Honor Gundy With Video Celebrating No. 100

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You might have heard, Mike Gundy won his 100th game on Saturday in Stillwater. A host of former players including Barry Sanders, Brandon Weeden, Zac Robinson, Brandon Pettigrew and even Todd Monken honored Gundy with a video telling him what they’re thankful for about him as a coach.This day rocks.last_img read more

Film Study: Texas Tech’s Offense Is More Than Just The Deep Ball

first_imgThe Oklahoma State secondary will have its hands full when the Cowboys take on the Red Raiders this Saturday. Texas Tech Quarterback Pat Mahomes II leads the nation’s No. 1 passing offense, and the junior is currently averaging 490 yards a game.The Red Raider offense is a downfield passing attack, but it doesn’t just consist of deep bombs and vertical routes.Yes, a typical Texas Tech game includes chunk plays like this.werAnd this.deepBut their offense as a whole isn’t driven by such plays. Rather, TTU accumulates most of their passing yardage on quick throws that get the ball into the hands of their talented receivers.Tech does have a quick passing game, but most of their short passes come on run-pass options like this one.tripsflatNotice how the receiver runs a quick flat route as opposed to a bubble route. The flat route is quicker and it gets more immediate yardage. The cornerbacks on the blocking receivers have to respect them as vertical threats and therefore do not jam them at the line, allowing the receivers to properly set up their blocks.sfadHere’s another example, this time with a crossbuck run play and out-go combination to the twins side. The receiver is left uncovered, and in a pass-happy offense filled with RPOs, this is practically giving free yardage to the Red Raiders.Not all route attachments stretch the defense horizontally; many of their RPOs feature quick-hitting routes downfield. Take this play, for example, that combines an inside zone with a slot skinny slant.slantTexas Tech uses these plays at least a handful on every drive. This is important because of how the OSU defense is structured. If you’ve watched the OSU defense closely this season, you might have noticed that they frequently align in their base nickel set with one or two receivers (depending on the formation) uncovered.ex1Leaving slot receivers uncovered, in many cases, is (as mentioned before) practically giving away free yardage. Even if the linebackers in the box have zone responsibilities in that area, they still have run-first responsibility, and because they have to respect the run threat of the RPO, will often not be able to get to the slot receivers in time if they are thrown to.If that’s what defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer & Co. decide to do to stop the deep ball, so be it. But they still have to be wary of the potential danger of the short pass.How will the OSU defense fare against the Red Raiders? Leave your predictions below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Four-star Safety DeMarvion Overshown Names OSU in Top 15

first_imgAs a junior last season (his first full season at safety), he was named the District 9-3A-II Defensive MVP, racking up 153 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery for Arp High School. He’s rated as the 109th best prospect nationally in the class of 2018 and the No. 11 safety/outside linebacker. He plays on both sides of the ball for small-school Arp where he starred last season, leading them to an appearance in the Texas Class 3A Division II state semifinals.OSU does not have a commitment at the safety position for 2018, however Texas, who is predicted as the favorite for Overshown, currently holds a safety pledge from five-star prospect Caden Sterns, the younger brother of Jordan. Four-star safety/outside linebacker DeMarvion Overshown has cut his list in half, announcing on Thursday he’s whittled his list to 15 schools: Texas A&M, Baylor, Auburn, Florida State, OU, Arkansas, Florida, OSU, Ohio State, TCU, Clemson, Texas, Alabama, LSU and Stanford.Overshown is a monster pass-rusher who can get after the quarterback off the edge in a hurry, but will likely drop into the secondary as a pass protector in college. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

League Wide: The Big 12 Steels Itself for a Non-Con Gauntlet

first_imgLet’s take a look at some news around the Big 12 from the past few weeks. Scheduling UpBerry Tramel notes that the Big 12 is taking a step-up in scheduling in 2017 and opportunity to rise has arrived.I’ve got Texas (sixth), OU (10th), OSU (17th), Texas Tech (20th) and West Virginia (25th) in the top 25 of non-conference schedules. That’s excellent representation for a 10-team conference.That’s the only way the Big 12 can get back to higher ground in college football. The Big 12 has to win its way there, by taking advantage of opportunity. [NewsOK]It’s a risky venture to schedule tough: you turn some heads (cue “Texas is back!”) but you also take some hits when your mid-tier teams lose (think Tech losing to Arizona State last year).It’d be incredible if OU or Texas could beat their blueblood opponent (Ohio State and USC) but West Virginia taking out Virginia Tech, Tech downing Houston and OSU beating Pitt would be nice too.Jayhawk ShockerKU’s five-star wide receiver commit has everyone flummoxed.“He has every offer you can almost imagine,” Landry-Walker head coach Emanuel Powell says. “You name the program and he probably has an offer from it.”Currently, however, (Devonta) Jason is committed to a program that has not won more than three games in a season since 2009. Over the past six years, Kansas has won a combined 11 games. For perspective, Alabama has yet to win fewer than 11 games in a season during that span. [BleacherReport]Jason talks about the opportunity to impact a program and be known. But Doug Meacham, a prominent offensive mind, and a former New Orleans-area head coach are tag-teaming in a crazy way. Sneaky CatsSnyder’s Wildcats aren’t going to sneak up on everyone this year.I’m all-in on Kansas State winning the Big 12 and Snyder calling it a career after the season. The storybooks demand it.I’m often wary of so-called dark horse conference titled contenders. They’re fun talking points in June when everyone is 0-0, but it’s hard to go against Vegas and dark horses are dark horses for a reason. However, we have a brutally awful tendency to overlook K-State, set at 7.5 wins for the season, and the Big 12 race just became more interesting with the sudden retirement of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.On top of that, Kansas State was one of the least experienced teams in the FBS a season ago — 96th, according to Phil Steele — and still won nine games, including six of their last seven.  [CBS Sports]If K-State had an OU or Texas-sized fan base, Vegas would lose megabucks every year. The Wildcats religiously pounce when they’re overlooked and Snyder stands to benefit from Bob’s departure similar to Gundy and Tom Herman at Texas.Aggie RaidWith all of the pressure on Texas A&M to quit tanking in November, a name was tossed out that would devastate a fan base in Texas.(Gary) Patterson is one of the best coaches in America, and if there was a job I could see him leaving the Frogs for, it would be A&M. Now, if he would ask me if he should go, I would tell Gary to stay at TCU, where he is the all-time winningest head coach, and get his 20 years in. [SportsDay]Nobody is speculating Patterson’s exit but it’s an interesting idea that would devastate an upstart. I’ve personally wondered if Patterson would ever consider going back to his alma mater in Mahattan to follow the Purple Wizard — may be just as likely as him leaving for Aggieland.Look Out, LubbockA DFW writer has an interesting explanation for the untimely Bob transition.I think the Sooners panicked in thinking another school would soon scoop up Riley. And after witnessing Boren butcher the Big 12 expansion process and basically undermine commissioner Bob Bowlsby at every turn, I don’t think it’s a huge leap to suggest he’s at fault for Stoops’ early exit. [SportsDay]It felt like Riley would leave for a couple of years, get some experience, then come back potentially when Bob had his fill. So, let’s beat Tech to the punch before they can bring Lincoln who played, graduated from and coached in Lubbock? Interesting.Sunshine TransplantsWest Virginia has landed (another) blue-chip QB transfer, this time from Miami.Miami QB transfer Jack Allison is heading to #WVU, according to Mike Casazza. Former ESPN 300 recruit. Sit one, play three— Chris Jackson (@CJacksonWVU) June 13, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. And Iowa State has pulled in some skill position help in a Florida running back transfer.Johnnie Lang on Iowa State: “They gave me a second chance at life and another chance at football again.” https://t.co/YEVaGe2o7t #Cyclones— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) June 13, 2017last_img read more

League Wide: Investing for the Future

first_imgLet’s take a look at some news around the Big 12 from the past week. State of the UnionESPN’s Jake Trotter expertly recapped the last year in the Big 12, perhaps best elaborated by the league’s most chatty school president, David Boren.“I think the day has come and gone of, ‘Is the Big 12 in danger? Is the Big 12 here to stay? Is it a stable conference?’ I don’t even think that’s an issue anymore,” Boren said. “My goal is to get that topic off the table. … I think we’re on firm ground now. We’re financially in a strong position. We’re very tied to each other. We have many traditional rivalries.“I feel much more confident about where we are than I did even two or three years ago or this time last year. … I think there’s a lot of sticking power to this conference, and the best days are ahead.”That will be put to the test for a league that now has six presidents or chancellors who’ve been on the job for two years or less. [ESPN]Harvard Business School will be breaking down Bob Bowlsby and David Boren’s comments for years, surveying the leadership tactics of an organization for ways to resolve factions … or minimize discomfort in the short-term.Kansas Writing ChecksKU is putting $300m into its football program.Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said at a booster event Wednesday night that the school was planning a $300 million investment in its football facilities. While details of the project are sparse, it would include an indoor football facility and upgrades to Memorial Stadium per Kansas.com. [Yahoo Sports]No more high school stadium for KU — a good move in posturing for future realignment opportunities.Rocket Launching RaiderThe KC Chiefs are raving about former Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes and his arm strength.“Man, this kid can throw a football,” Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West said of QB Patrick Mahomes II, reports Edward Lewis of NFL.com. That isn’t something that many have said about incumbent starting QB Alex Smith throughout his career and is expected to keep the starting job for the time being. [ProFootballFocus]West probably didn’t watch the Tech-OU game last year when Mahomes just shredded OU’s secondary. A fascinating question on who regresses more: OU without Bob or Tech’s offense without Mahomes? Best in TexasA Dallas publication put out their ranking for the best coach in Texas and it’s hard to disagree.(Gary Patterson) is the Frogs’ all-time winningest coach and has led TCU to six conference championships, in three different leagues. Patterson’s winning percentage (.734) ranks fifth among active coaches nationally and puts him as one of just three active coaches with at least 149 victories at their current school. [SportsDay]Herman is already second and that’s tough to argue. Sumlin quits game planning in November, Art’s long gone and Kliff’s 40 percent as competitive on the field as he is in GQ.Transfer UWhile Oklahoma State has consistently employed graduate transfers effectively, Dana Holgorsen has taken a different yet similar route.Not every transfer has worked out, but Holgorsen, now entering his sixth season at WVU, has developed a track record of being a fruitful landing spot for players looking for a change in scenery.West Virginia won’t land atop the yearly recruiting rankings, but the program does just fine developing its heap of mainly three-star prospects. Coupling that with transfers — guys like Charles Sims (Houston), Clint Trickett (Florida State) and Shaq Riddick (Gardner-Webb) all had their moments — has been a nice formula during the Holgorsen era.Holgorsen hopes that continues in 2017 — especially with Will Grier. [Yahoo Sports]OSU has lived off of system-fitting three stars, Bill Snyder owns the junior colleges, Texas and OU recruit by stars nationally and Dana pounces opportunistically when opportunities arise with all the above. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notebook on The 2017 Golf Media Outing at Karsten Creek

first_imgOn Thursday, Kyle Boone, Carson Cunningham and I headed up to Stillwater to play Karsten Creek in the Oklahoma State golf media outing before interviewing coordinators and coaches. We got some great videos of coaches (which we’ve posted) and had a terrific time. I thought it was worth a notebook to recap our thoughts on the festivities.• Every four-player group is some combination of football coaches, athletic department employees, media personalities and local boosters. Our squad was me, Boone, Cunningham, Jason Elmquist of Stillwater NewsPress and graduate assistant Remington Rebstock.• I should stop here to note that we were the only group of five because somebody (me) forgot to submit Boone’s name for the event. An extraordinary gaffe considering the circumstances. Literally all you have to do for this thing is submit names via email and show up. Two things. And we somehow could not get it done.AdChoices广告Considering the circumstances — our first invite, first time to play, recently credentialed etc. — it was incredibly embarrassing.• Rebstock was a terrific partner. This is his third season as a defensive grad assistant at OSU — he was previously with Bill Snyder and Co. in Manhattan — and he has a close relationship with Joe Bob Clements who also came from Kansas State back in 2013. We got some great Bill Snyder stories (he once tried to bring a VCR with recruiting film on a cruise!) and talked a lot about the difficulty of recruiting and moving up in the coaching world.• The most interesting thing Rebstock said about Gundy (to me, anyway) is that Gundy is big on letting his coaches and GAs be innovative and independent. A player’s coach and a coach’s coach.Remington Rebstock [OSU Athletics]• Elmquist brought a “Phil Mickelson at Augusta National” level of course knowledge to the table for our team. It was pretty unbelievable.Throw this shot off that back right ridge and it will run down to about four feet from the pin.Jason, it is truly incredible that you know this course that well, but that information would be a lot more helpful if I wasn’t a 12-handicap.• The best line of the day came from someone in our group that I won’t sell out at this moment. The other guys were asking about my round at Augusta in April (HAVE I MADE IT PUBLIC ENOUGH THAT I PLAYED AUGUSTA NATIONAL IN APRIL?) and I told them about how you tip your caddie there.Me: “Yeah, they tell you not to do it so you keep it real low key and slide them a bill on the 17th green. Very underground.”Person I won’t sell out in our group: “Oh, so just like SEC recruiting.”❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Jason Elmquist [OSU Athletics]Kyle Porter [OSU Athletics]• The format on the day was a scramble, and our team finished fifth with a 7-under 65. I was little to no help on the day off the tee, but I did lip out a true eagle on No. 18 from about 40 feet. Incredibly, Carson lipped out the same eagle putt right after me, and we had to settle for birdie. That was about it for me for shots of the day. Boone and Rebstock both legitimately almost dunked aces on separate holes.Shot Tracer?? locked-in at @KarstenCreek.On the tee: Me, @kylebooneCBS, @KylePorterCBS & @RemingtonReb‘s shot of the day. pic.twitter.com/k19Ef8fuV6— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 27, 2017 • One thing about Karsten I didn’t realize is how your tee ball is either in the center of the fairway or it’s gone, ejected, sleeping with the copperheads behind Mike Holder’s house. I lost more golf balls than anybody in our group, I think. Best advice of the day came from cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo: Buy Wal-Mart stock the week of this tournament because their golf ball shelves are cleaned out by Wednesday afternoon.• Kasey Dunn is no stranger to loaded units, and there were rumors (and rumors of rumors) about him stacking his golf team every year with ringers and sandbaggers. His squad finished second this time around, and there was legit disappointment in his eyes when it was announced they’d been upended by a 60 from Wade McWhorter and Ryan Cameron’s group.Awesome round of golf w/ a respectable showing. Didn’t even need my sun hat. #okstate @kylebooneCBS @jelmquistSW KylePorterCBS @RemingtonReb pic.twitter.com/YJyOsftsyp— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 27, 2017• The post-golf media availability is a total free-for-all which is awesome for people like us looking to talk to coaches we don’t often get to talk to. Following a lunch of nachos and fruit (all the juxtapositions), coaches are stationed at various tables for you to just walk up and talk.We only had time to talk to McEndoo, Spencer and Yurcich which was a bummer because the other assistants probably won’t be made available throughout the year. I really wanted to chat with Hammerschmidt, Henson and Dunn, but Spencer sucked us all in for a good 30 minutes!• The line of the day went to Yurcich who posited that Tyron Johnson just might be able to get around me if we were both in a phone booth together. He winked and said, “You look like a heck of an athlete, though” with his tongue buried in his cheek. Awesome.Mike Yurcich feels confident Tyron Johnson can get around @KylePorterCBS in a phone booth. We are too. ? pic.twitter.com/rxdfLgrcOl— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 28, 2017 • I thought it was really intriguing to talk to McEndoo because of the day-to-day nature of his work. When you talk to Yurcich and Spencer, they speak and exist at a really high level that is good for getting an overall vision of the program (like Gundy’s pressers) but not as good for understanding what goes on every day in the lives of players and coaches. McEndoo talked about the struggles of recruiting 17-year-olds and about the process of a player like Keenen Brown going from receiver to cowboy back. It was a really engaging conversation.• Probably the best part of the day overall for us was when Boone asked Spencer a question and Spencer interrupted him, pointed that index finger that has probably pointed at so many great players’ faces over the years at Boone and said, “What’s your name?” “Kyle Boone,” he responded. “You do a good job, man. I appreciate it.”Pretty cool stuff and a great start to the football season for us. I will be off for the next week or so but back in Stillwater for fan appreciation day on August 5.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Ranking Oklahoma State’s 2017 Road Games by Difficulty

first_imgOklahoma State is a trendy pick to not only win the Big 12, but make it to the college football playoff. There are a lot of reasons for these expectations, namely Mason Rudolph and James Washington, but so too is a schedule that sets up well for the Cowboys.The Cowboys get three of the other four top five preseason Big 12 teams at home, and get their most difficult games in the middle of the season when they’ve had time to get their feet underneath them.Despite all of that, there are still some landmines on the schedule. Let’s rank the away games by how big of a road block they are on OSU’s road to a perfect season.No. 6 — South AlabamaAdChoices广告OSU’s first road game should be its easiest. There’s been talk leading up to the season that Gundy and the Cowboys shouldn’t overlook this game, even comparing it to Troy in 2007.No. The Cowboys should not overlook this game. Of course I have no reason to believe they will. For one, last year’s Central Michigan is not far from the players’ and coaches’ minds. They’re not going to let another game like that happen again.Also, forget the fact this this South Alabama team is not Troy of 2009. Yes they beat Mississippi State last year, albeit a bad bulldogs team. The kicker: this is not the 2009 Cowboys team. I don’t think Gundy will take it easy on the Jaguars. I think the Cowboys will go into Mobile and pounce and put them away early. There is too much riding on this season not to.No. 5 – Texas TechI could mention that OSU has won eight-straight and that the Red Raiders haven’t beaten the Cowboys since Mike Leach was running the show. Those aren’t the reason this road trip lands at 5th.The Red Raiders lost a lot from a very good offense last year. If you expect Nic Shimonek to come in an replicate Patrick Mahomes, you’re crazy. If you think the defense is suddenly going to rise up and balance out the losses on the offensive side, you’re crazy.USATSILook, no matter what, Texas Tech is going to put up some points, but if they couldn’t slow OSU down enough to beat them last year, they certainly won’t be able to this year, even if the game is in Lubbock. Yes, anything can happen, but compared to some of the other games this one just doesn’t scare me that much.No. 4 – PittsburghI was going to put this game higher, until the news came out last week that Panther coach Pat Narduzzi suspended junior safety Jordan Whitehead and senior linebacker Quintin Wirginis, and kicked senior defensive end Rori Blair off the team.USATSI While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. A team that was already replacing three defensive backs from last year’s team will now lose a talented safety in Whitehead. The junior was a second-team All-ACC pick last year, and was considered by many to be the team’s best returning tackler. All of that on a secondary that last season gave up 333 yards passing on average.Add to that, defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni, who was dismissed during the spring, and you have a rebuilding defense taking more and more hits. All of that will impact their game against a Cowboy offense that should be one of the best in the nation.That being said, and despite this game coming in at number four on the list, I do expect a real contest. I just don’t think it’s as daunting of one as it was a few weeks ago.No. 3 – Iowa StateThere aren’t many collegiate fan bases I respect as much as Iowa State’s. Even when their team is bad (which it often has been) they show up to Jack Trice Stadium and pack the house, even in late November.USATSICombine what will be a rowdy fanbase, and what should be an improving team, and Iowa State makes for a dangerous road game. The Cyclones didn’t start the season well last year, but ended it by winning two of their last three, and staying competitive in most of their games. Including, need I remind you, a game in Stillwater where OSU had to score 17 unanswered in the fourth quarter to pull off a come-from-behind victory. That came one year after OSU had to score 14 unanswered in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind victory in Ames.I’m not even going to mention 2011 here, even if it does back up my argument. This is a dangerous game on the schedule, one that, as it often does, comes in the cold of November. Let’s all cross our fingers now for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.No. 2 – West VirginiaThere are three reasons this is a dangerous road game.For one thing, this might be the craziest fanbase in the Big 12. I love OSU fans, but we don’t chug moonshine and burn couches, win or lose. Fans will be loud and rowdy, especially if their team is playing well. Throw in the fact that this game is on Halloween weekend and that only ups the wild factor. And if it’s a night game? Pray to your God for an 11:00 a.m. kick-off now!Two, I think the Mountaineers are the most underrated team in the Big 12 heading into the season. I think Will Grier is the Big 12’s wild card. If he exceeds expectations, the Mountaineers could be in for another 10 win season like 2016. However, if he fails to live up to those expectations, hello 7-5.Finally, OSU hasn’t been great in Morgantown. The Cowboys are 1-1 at Milan Puskar Stadium since the Mountaineers joined the league, with the solo win a nail-biter the Pokes almost gave away. The loss? That embarrassing game in 2013 that OSU had zero business losing.USATSII know we thumped WVU last year. This is a new year and we’re not playing in Stillwater this time.No. 1 – TexasThis is not the Texas team of the past few years.The Longhorns are probably still a year or two away from winning the Big 12, but they’re ready to shake up the league this year. Herman was a solid coach at Houston and is proving to be an excellent recruiter. This team has talent at every position and extra to spare. I expect Shane Buechele to take a step forward, which would solve the Longhorn’s biggest question mark from the past few seasons, the quarterback position.Add to that, the fanbase is excited. Expectations are probably still too high, but at least they feel like they have something to be excited about; the future.I wish this game was earlier in the season. Texas will have time to get their feet under them and work out the kinks. Don’t let Houston’s four losses last year fool you, Herman was busy planning his exit to Texas. The man will have all of his focus on winning, something Texas hasn’t done a lot of lately.Outside of Bedlam, this is OSU’s most dangerous game. Get past it, and this really can be a magical season for the Cowboys.last_img read more

Despite Tweet, James Washington Appears to be Healthy

first_imgThen on Friday, @CowboyFB tweeted out practice highlights, and Washington was spotted catching passes from No. 2. So he either sent a hologram or is in fact all right and playing through the hernia.Now it’s important to remember here that this doesn’t necessarily mean Washington is 100 percent. Maybe he will have surgery in the future. Who knows? But it wouldn’t appear as if he’s going to miss the first four games like @PardonMyTake reported originally.That #FridayFeeling… ??? #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/fwT6rSpCu6— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 11, 2017We followed up with multiple people and still haven’t heard anything more substantial than what Rew reported. The original tweet by @PardonMyTake was a pretty bold position to take, especially from a verified account that has one of the most popular podcasts going today. And especially given how they arrived at the news.They have Responded‼️‼️ Oklahoma State News after Midnight pic.twitter.com/eJuAd3nWvq— Boone Pickens State (@BP_State) August 11, 2017More like pardon my (fake) take. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Cowboy Nation had a collective heart attack when, on Thursday evening, the Twitter account @PardonMyTake tweeted out that James Washington would miss the first four games of the season with a hernia injury.For those wondering what all the James Washington chatter is about. The tweet has been deleted. pic.twitter.com/MbwxAJBmMB— Brian Gittings (@BrianHD79) August 11, 2017The tweet has since been deleted, but why was it sent out in the first place? On Friday, Lauren Rew reported that Washington was checked out and that a hernia was discovered, but it didn’t seem super serious (at least in the short term).AdChoices广告Re @PardonMyTake, source tells me James Washington had ab pain; ultrasound discovered old hernia. No surgery now, will try to play thru it.— Lauren Rew (@Lauren_Rew) August 11, 2017last_img read more

Washington and Co. Teased Mason Rudolph About His SI Cover

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. However you feel about Sports Illustrated — and many of you have made it quite clear that you have very strong feelings about this — it’s undeniable that Mason Rudolph being a recent cover boy is good for Oklahoma State University.Mike Gundy said as much at his recent Cowboy Caravan in Tulsa when he called it a “big deal for OSU to be on the cover.” Rudolph of course downplayed the entire thing, but his teammates said recently they’ve given him some flak. James Washington may have been the ringleader.“We got on to him a little bit,” said Washington. “We always give him a hard time no matter what it is. But I’m happy for him. (We got on to him) for the pose. He’s not the type of guy to run 50 yards touchdowns … Sometimes he thinks he does. We gave him a hard time about that.”When he was reminded that Rudolph is running on the cover, Washington said, “Yeah, probably running out of bounds or something.”AdChoices广告The whole thing was pretty great. But it also points to a larger narrative — that Oklahoma State is getting all kinds of attention leading up to this season. Sports Illustrated, the Coaches Poll, CBS Sports All-American teams. The whole thing.“I say it’s good, but that was last year, not this year,” said cornerback A.J. Green of the love OSU has been getting from the media. “We have something more to prove and we’re coming for more this year than we did last year. It’s good and it’s a stepping stone, but it’s a block we need to step over.”I know Mike Gundy wouldn’t trade it. He’s all about leveraging whatever foothold OSU has in the national media conscience for the good of the future of the program. That’s part of the reason OSU is playing on Thursday and Friday evening to start the season.So no matter how all of this ends, this summer and lead-in to the fall have been fantastic fun. I just hope the wave doesn’t dissipate once the lights come on in September and October.last_img read more

How Good is Oklahoma State as a Ranked Team and Against Ranked Teams?

first_imgOklahoma State is going to be playing a lot of games as a ranked team this year. Hopefully all of them. We already looked at how Mike Gundy fares as a top 25 team and against top 25 teams, but let’s break that down a little further. Here are some records for OSU in the Gundy era. I used CFB Reference which uses the AP Poll at the time of the game.When Oklahoma State is …Unranked: 43-27 (61%)Ranked in the top 25: 60-23 (72%)Ranked in the top 20: 49-19 (72%)Ranked in the top 15: 33-17 (66%)Ranked in the top 10: 16-8 (66%)Ranked in the top 5: 6-3 (66%)AdChoices广告When Oklahoma State plays …Unranked teams: 84-20 (81%)Top 25 teams: 20-30 (40%)Top 15 teams: 11-25 (31%)Top 10 teams: 6-15 (29%)What about home and away?When OSU is top 25 at home: 30-9 (77%)When OSU is top 25 on the road/neutral: 30-14 (68%)When OSU faces top 25 at home: 12-14 (46%)When OSU faces top 25 on road: 8-16 (33%)MiscellaneousWhen OSU and opponent are ranked: 13-15 (46%)When OSU is top 20 and opponent is ranked: 13-14 (48%)When OSU is top 10 and opponent is ranked: 6-6 (50%)When OSU and opponent are both top 10: 2-4 (33%)There is not a lot that pops here. I suppose you would like to see a better record against top 25 teams. OSU only wins two out of every five games it plays against the top 25. But again, many of those came in the early days of the Gundy era when OSU was lousy. The “when OSU and opponent are ranked” record doesn’t exactly flip the narrative, though.I think the encouraging thing is that OSU has traditionally (under Gundy) been a really good top 20 team. Their loses as a top 10 team have traditionally come when they’ve been a bit overrated (i.e. 2015) which I don’t really think they are to start out the year.Two other encouraging notes: OSU has been good against top 10 teams (compared to what I would imagine the national average is) and good against top 25 teams on the road — teams have only won 23 percent of games against OSU when OSU is a top 25 team at home and OSU has won 33 percent against top 25 teams on the road).The (hopefully) fun part? We’ll be able to update this after the first game as OSU goes into the Tulsa tilt as the AP No. 10 team in the country. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more