Archives For October 2011

Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  October 25, 2011 — 5 Comments

I’m going to champion this movement for the duration of this blog. In fact, I kind of already did. (NewsOK)

Great stuff from Mike Gundy’s Monday presser, including a veiled jab at Thurman Thomas. (NewsOK)

Yes, this, all of this. (Yahoo)

Brandon Weeden is one of sixteen finalists for the Davey O’Brien trophy. Cool. I care about two trophies. One is a crystal ball and the other is a statue of a bronzed man throwing a dirty stiff arm. (okstate.com)

The exploration of a conference dedicated TV network? How about we get that baby done, fellas? (Big 12 Sports)

Pretty cool: you can go to all the basketball home games for $16/game. (okstate.com)

Don’t lie, your heart skipped a beat too when you saw the first two words of this headline. (O’Colly)

It sounds like some of the OSU players were genuinely disappointed that OU lost. (Tulsa World)

I agree with Ubben’s power rankings, though I don’t really know what to make of Tech. Lose two straight at home then go to Norman and win? (ESPN)

The OU meltdown against Tech was actually a good thing for OSU says Markelle Martin. Also, Gundy isn’t sure what a head injury is. (O’Colly)

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Has OSU Replaced Kendall Hunter?

Kyle Porter —  October 24, 2011 — 14 Comments

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Amongst the many nicknames for Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle floating around the interwebs I believe “Run and Guns” is my favorite if not for anything else other than its accuracy. Randle doing the running, Smith sporting the gun show. It’s distinctive, apt, and scary.

All three adjectives also describe the production of OSU’s “how do they always have this sick of a backfield?” version 2k11. It’s hard to replace a two-time All-Big 12 performer like Kendall Hunter but it would appear that’s exactly what Mike Gundy and his staff have done through seven games. Let’s take a look at 2010 numbers versus 2011:

2010 rushing stats through 7 games:

180 YPG   |   16 TDs   |   4.81 YPR   |   34% of the offense

2011 rushing stats through 7 games:

161.1 YPG   |   20 TDs   |   4.6 YPR   |   30% of the offense

So 2010 stands as slightly better overall, but consider the following factors: the Cowboys have run it 20 fewer times (or 3/game) than they did last season. Also, you’re not looking at a true comparison because Randle + Smith were more of a factor last year than Roland and Sims are this year.

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BlogPoll Week 9

Kyle Porter —  October 24, 2011 — 10 Comments

Team I had no idea what to do with: Houston

Team I wish I could rank higher: Georgia

Team I wish I could rank lower: Houston

Team I think could fall out of the top 25: South Carolina

Team I think could rise to the top ten: Texas A&M

Team that won’t end the year in the top ten: Kansas State

The 20-25 spots continue to be a revolving door of complete mediocrity. I could basically just blindly plug in Auburn, West Virginia, Florida, Penn State, Washington, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Illinois on any given week and nobody would argue.

The top ten is starting to finally take shape. I don’t think anyone knows what to do with Houston. Last week they were the third most-disagreed upon team, with only A&M and South Carolina drawing more polarizing opinions.

Michigan State has willed its way into the top ten while Kansas State is about to find that life ain’t so grand at the top with a pissed off Stoops and a “nobody believes in us” Gundy awaiting the next two weeks.

Full poll after the jump…

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  October 24, 2011 — 11 Comments

Of all people to call out, Jenni Carlson chooses Lou Holtz? (NewsOK)

Four players have scored four TDs in a game since Gundy took over: Justin Blackmon, Dez Bryant, Kendall Hunter, and now Joseph Randle. (Tulsa World)

Everyone seems to think that Isaiah Anderson is going to replace Hubert Anyiam, but that Michael Harrison should. (NewsOK)

Rivals has Joseph Randle as their surprise player of the week. Not really sure why… (Rivals)

When do we start freaking out about this? (Tulsa World)

Anthony Slater gives the Cowboys a “B” for the second straight week. (O’Colly)

Ubben says the Big 12 title runs through Stillwater. (ESPN)

Okay, I don’t need Brandon Weeden slamming his hand in the laundry room door. (NewsOK)

Cowgirls remain unbeaten with a win over Baylor and a draw against A&M over the weekend. (okstate.com)

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Blog Update

Kyle Porter —  October 23, 2011 — 1 Comment

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Sorry folks, no more posts today. I’m heading up to OKC to cover the Kevin Durant/Blake Griffin charity game for Sold Out Strategy. I’ll be tweeting from their account (@soldoutstrategy) during the game and probably updating my own if you want to check it out. Maybe I’ll get KD to come on a podcast so we can talk about how bad OU’s defense looked last night. Or maybe I’ll just leave well enough alone.

Also, just your daily “is this really happening or have I left the Playstation on too long” reminder: OSU is the #3 team in the country and will play for the national title if they win their next 5 games.

10 More Thoughts On OSU Missouri

Kyle Porter —  October 23, 2011 — 13 Comments

1. Two points on Weeden: he never throws his arms up in the air like Eli Manning as if to say “that hit you in the freaking numbers, how did you not catch it?” And he always goes back to the receiver who just dropped it. I love both of those things about him.

2. Harder hit? Shaun Lewis on Christine Michael in College Station or Shaun Lewis on TJ Moe yesterday? The Michael one was sick but the Moe one was like a bomb went off in his uniform.

3. One of my favorite moments was in the fourth quarter when OSU stuffed Missouri on a fourth down and they came running off the field to Bill Young whose lips were flapping around all over the place like the grandpa he is yelling, “good job! good job!” That cracked me up for some reason.

4. Why is Isaiah Anderson the only one who does the pink wristbands and gloves thing?

5. Carson Cunningham tweeted it and he’s right: Justin Gilbert wears his uniform better than anyone else on the team. Also while we’re here, can I say I like the high white socks look a lot better than the full white tights look like Markelle usually goes with? I mean I guess I can say whatever I want since it’s my blog, but I just wanted to throw that out there.

6. Charles Davis said, “Broderick Brown is one of the up and coming and best corners in the country.” Is he? I’m not being sarcastic, I’m really wondering. I’m not well-versed in the talents of national CBs.

7. Speaking of Charles Davis, I thought it was pretty funny when he called Youman “Yoman.” Very fitting too, considering his position(s).

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Tweets From The OSU Missouri Game

Kyle Porter —  October 22, 2011 — 5 Comments

 

As always, I was trolling the interwebs during the OSU Missouri game looking to bring you some of the best 140-character bits and pieces from around the globe. Here they are…

This was right after Brodrick Brown’s pick. It killed me.

 

Also very humorous..

 

That would have been one infiltrated fly.

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10 Thoughts On OSU Missouri

Kyle Porter —  October 22, 2011 — 14 Comments

1. This is what Gus said (screamed?) to open the telecast: “There are 70,000 on hand to watch what might be the best team in the country. They’re explosive, cocky, and UN-dee-FEATED!” I want Gus to announce the birth of my first child.

2. Was it just me or did Weeden look about 6’10 in the all-white uniform?

3. The stadium looked full to start 11 AM kick but not “7 PM we’ve been hammering Bud Lights all day” full. There’s a big difference. The scheduling gods have been smiling favorably on OSU this year and now they’re coming home for a pair to get to 9-0.

4. Why does the white “M” behind Missouri’s end zone look like it’s made of diapers?

5. There was quite a bit of chatter regarding all the wide receiver drops (as their should have been), but how many ended up hurting OSU? I can think of two: the little out to Cooper that would have been a 1st down that inexplicably slipped through his hands and forced OSU to punt two plays later. And the laser-beam to Moore over the middle with a guy on his back that would have put them inside the 15. They ended up having to kick a 36-yard FG.

6. I loved Gundy in his interview at halftime: “…our offense is predicated on catching the football.” Uh yeah, all the ones not named “Navy, Air Force, and Georgia Tech” kind of are.

7. I’ve learned that no matter the situation the following three things will always be things that people complain about: announcers, referees, and the speed of the iPhone 3G.

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5 Thoughts On OSU Missouri At The Half

Kyle Porter —  October 22, 2011 — 1 Comment

1. I love Gus. If you brought someone from a foreign country in who had never watched football before he would think OSU was the best team in this history of the sport from the way Gus is talking about them.

2. Weeden doesn’t have back-to-back mediocre games. He is ON today. As on as I’ve ever seen him. He’s currently on pace for 540 yards and 6 TDs. Is that good?

3. OSU still runs the ball, right? 36 passes, 10 runs. I’m not complaining, it just seems like defenses go heavy one way or the other every week.

4. Cooper makes some crazy “how did he get two hands on that and reel it in” catches. While we’re here, I didn’t want to mention the drops because it’s not like anybody is doing it on purpose, but my gosh. Weeden has like 5 legitimate incompletions in 36 attempts. You have to be better than that in big games on the road like this one. I want to see grainy footage of Weeden and Monken screaming in people’s faces in the Missouri locker room released on Monday morning.

5. Maybe I’m late on this but I like the term “fast-break football”…now if we could get TFord to figure out some fast-break basketball we’d be all good!

Missouri Preview

Kyle Porter —  October 22, 2011 — 9 Comments

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Teams: #6 Oklahoma State 6-0 (3-0) vs. Missouri 3-3 (1-2)
Time: 11:00 AM CST
TV: FX
On the call: Gus Johnson (!), Charles Davis, Tim Brewster

Kickoff: In what could amount to Oklahoma State’s last trip to Columbia in my lifetime, OSU looks to preserve the highest BCS ranking it has ever had. I tweeted the other day that three of the last four teams to open at #4 in the BCS went on to play for the national title. Can OSU make it four of five? Yes, but they’ll have to get past scary roadblocks here and in Lubbock and take care of business at home.

I don’t think Missouri is particularly great, but this is Big 12 football on the road and…well…Bob Stoops doesn’t have to think for very long if you ask him what he thinks about playing Gary Pinkel on the road as a top 5 team.

For entertainment purposes:
Spread: Cowboys -7
Over/Under: 69.5

I really think OSU puts up 50 today which also means I think they cover -7 and the over is obliterated. Of course, I also always think the over is getting obliterated.

OSU is 5-0 against the spread since not being able to cover 37.5 against Louisiana at home in the first game. I don’t really feel like they’re going to win this game by something like 4. Either it’s 3 TDs or they lose, with nothing in between. Irrationally blogger talking hyperbolically about the point spreads!!

A few stats you should know:

    1. OSU has won 8 straight on the road. Missouri has won 10 straight at home. Something, I’d like you to meet “having to give.”
    1. The last six times OSU has scored fewer than 40 points in a game, they’ve followed that up with 40+ and four times topped 50+. I don’t expect that streak to end today.
    1. Last time OSU beat Missouri, Keith Toston led the team in rushing.
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    Week 8 Lines

    Kyle Porter —  October 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

    Amilian and I pick the lines (sorry it’s so late, technical difficulties earlier this week) and give out our 7-game parlay for tomorrow. OSU is prominently involved.

    You can listen to the podcast above or feel free to subscribe in iTunes HERE.

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    The Oregon Model

    Kyle Porter —  October 21, 2011 — 3 Comments

    There was an article in the New York Times last year about Chip Kelly and Wiz Khalifa and being the fastest offense in America that I’ve probably read three or four times and sent to a few dozen people. I was obsessed with this article, but not because of the shiny unis or the crazy rapper. I was obsessed because the practice model implemented by Chip Kelly is so countercultural to the norm that most coaches can’t even believe it.

    Oregon practices in the morning before its players attend class, and the sessions are brief — usually an hour and 50 minutes, and sometimes less. The music blares from start to finish, and you see players during their short rest periods busting out dance moves.

    WARNING: Uncle Rico-like “back when we won state” comment coming below…

    When I played baseball in college I used to detest practices. They would last three and half hours and we would do no more work (in fact, sometimes less) than we got done in an hour and a half during high school. I’m the biggest believer of having fast, short, fun practices of any college football blogger on the internet. I promise.

    I fell in love with Chip Kelly because of the way he ran his sessions.

    Enter Chip Kelly midwest: Mike Gundy.

    If you’ve ever had a job where when you got up, you were dreading getting to the office because of the boss or your environment or you didn’t like it, it’s not very fun. Your production level’s going to go down, I don’t care who you are

    This is in reference to the fact that the head ball coach for the Cowboys has cut down practice time to four and a half hours. A week.

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    Daily Bullets

    Kyle Porter —  October 21, 2011 — 4 Comments

    Gina Mizell says being good at football means a better university. (NewsOK)

    Only two Cowboys are first or second team All-Americans. I think that’s actually a good thing for this team. (Sports Illustrated)

    Missouri says this is a big opportunity to get revenge for 2008. (Missourian)

    Great interview with Weeden here, including this gem: “…everybody gets the perception that this offense is a “system” and you’re a product of the system. I think that is the furthest thing of the truth. If you look at the tape, sure, we run a couple screens here and there, but we don’t just dink and dunk it. We’re throwing the ball down the field.” (NewsOK)

    Gundy finally says who he’d take between Dez and Blackmon. (ESPN)

    Travis Ford clearly doesn’t buy into the “we don’t let freshmen do interviews” philosophy championed by Mike Gundy. (NewsOK)

    Wow, OSU has won 8 consecutive road games, but Mizzou has won 10 consecutive home games. (ESPN)

    Cool story about a runner from Kenya who got to Oklahoma State via Western Kentucky. And you thought your college career was tumultuous. (O’Colly)

    Missouri is 1-4 since 2008 against top ten teams. (Missourian)

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    Is OSU’s Defense Really That Bad?

    Kyle Porter —  October 20, 2011 — 8 Comments

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    You’ve all heard the numbers: the 68th best scoring D in the nation, even worse in total yards at an even 100. But to watch this team, to watch the last six teams…they look different than in years past.

    They make game-changing plays, get huge stops, and always come up big when they need to. After the Texas game, Jamie Blatnick said:

    It’s just one of those things that when it’s time to go and get it done, we get it done.

    Is that true though, or is it just the politically correct thing to say?

    The OSU fan’s defense (no pun intended) to the negative national backlash thus far has been “but wait, the starters are never even in games. How can you count something that isn’t even really happening.”

    Well one group of football analysts smarter than everyone reading this blog combined (including myself) says you can’t.

    Football Outsiders has devised a formula called S&P+ that is, essentially, a true measure of how good/bad your team is during games while the outcome of those games is still in the balance. Here’s the three-part formula:

    1. Individual play success (as measured by  whether or not a play gained 50 percent of necessary yardage on first down (usually just 5 yards), 70 percent on second down, and 100 percent on third and fourth down.

    2. You basically give every yard line a point value (based on how many points you would be expected to score from that yard line) and then score each play based on how much closer a team got to the end zone.

    3. Numbers 1 and 2 are compared to the expected output based on opponents and opponents’ opponents. In other words: schedule adjusting.

    Here’s the biggie though (and what OSU fans have been complaining about all year) – stats are only compiled when a game is within 24 points in the first quarter, 21 in the second, and 16 in the second half.

    “Finally!” you might be saying, but let me remind you that this means the formula didn’t count anything beyond the first quarter of the Kansas game.

    Here’s how OSU stacks up:

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    Occupy Stillwater and Going to Columbia

    Kyle Porter —  October 20, 2011 — 4 Comments

    Quade returns to talk Texas, preview Mizzou, discuss occupy Gameday Stillwater edition, and give his spirited thoughts on Kirk Herbstreit putting the Cowboys on upset alert this weekend.

    You can listen to the podcast above or feel free to subscribe in iTunes HERE.

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    Daily Bullets

    Kyle Porter —  October 20, 2011 — 2 Comments

    Really interesting post on players and coaches watching film on iPads. (Smart Football)

    Three of the last four teams to start at #4 in the BCS have played for the title. (CBS Sports)

    Pretty cool picture of Quinn Sharp in Sports Illustrated. (SI)

    Great stuff here from Tom Fornelli. He thinks Missouri will be the toughest defense OSU has faced. (CBS Sports)

    Is Dez Bryant going the way of Antonio Bryant? (ESPN Dallas)

    I still don’t understand the Blackmon returning punts thing. (Tulsa World)

    Here’s the Blackmon chat transcript. Good to see some of my readers participating. (okstate.com)

    Good thoughts from Sam on just how good this Mizzou team is… (CRFF)

    If you re-name Bedlam you can have lunch with Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson…trying…not…to make a joke… (NewsOK)

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    What Really Matters

    Kyle Porter —  October 19, 2011 — 18 Comments

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    I’m on a mission over the next two or three days to convince you that OSU’s defense isn’t as bad as everyone thinks it is. It’ll be like the debate last night: it doesn’t really matter what I believe or what you believe for that matter. The only thing that matters is what I can convince you to believe that I believe. Get all that?! Let’s go.

    The question about OSU’s defense is not (or shouldn’t be) “does OSU have the best defense in the country?” They don’t and only a fool would tell you otherwise, even though it is better than you think (more on that coming in tomorrow’s post).

    The correct consideration is this: “is OSU’s defense, when teamed with its offense, good enough to win a national title?” The answer is yes, and let me show you why.

    People act like there’s some unwritten rule that for a team to be a national championship contender, it must beat other teams by scores of 21-0 or 35-3. It’s true that defense wins championships but to say only defense wins championships would be a bit short-sighted.

    I think the formula is more like: timely defense + solid offense + good special teams + not very many penalties + solid coaching with strong clock management equals championships. Or something along those lines.

    Let’s take a look at the total defensive scoring rank, turnover margin, and point differential of the last four title game teams and see if we can’t find a doppelganger for this year’s OSU squad.

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    Todd Monken Apologizes

    Kyle Porter —  October 19, 2011 — 5 Comments

    My thoughts from last week on the Depth Chart show are well-documented so no need to rehash. I really liked what Monken had to say here though. Three quick thoughts:

    1. It would have been really easy to make a joke like Weeden did about football not being figure skating and move on. I appreciate that he handled it like a man and said he didn’t want this to be a depiction of what the university is…though I’m not sure the condom commercial analogy was the best way to do it. :)

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    Daily Bullets

    Kyle Porter —  October 19, 2011 — 8 Comments

    Big 12 iPhone and Android app. Nice. (Big 12)

    No Cowboys on this midseason All-American team. (CBS Sports)

    OSU hoops on ESPN platforms 24 (!) times this year. (ESPN)

    It’s weird to hear other teams talk about OSU like they usually talk about OU or Texas. (Columbia Missourian)

    CJ Guerrero released from the hospital. Good to hear. (Tulsa World)

    People seem fairly certain this OSU team is going down in flames. (Sporting News)

    Hilarious rankings edition by Andy Staples comparing the top 25 to viral YouTube videos. Guess what OSU gets. (Sports Illustrated)

    Good article on how unlikely it is that Missouri is leading the Big 12 in rushing. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

    First time Josh Cooper and Percy Harvin have been used in the same sentence? (NewsOK)

    In his re-rank, Ubben has Levy Adcock as the 11th best Big 12 player. (ESPN)

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    My Mind During a Gilbert Kick Return

    Kyle Porter —  October 18, 2011 — 5 Comments

    I was going to include this in my “five key plays” yesterday but Justin Gilbert kick return TDs deserve posts of their own.

    Just for fun let me walk you through what happens in my mind when Gilbert houses a kick. That’ll be fun, no?

    0:09 – “You slipped 5 yards deep into the end zone and you’re still trying to return this? We need a clock-killing drive to get Weeden into rhythm, not another bonehead special teams play!”

    0:10 – “What am I saying…this is Justin Gilbert.”

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