No. 2 recruit Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) makes the call: He's going to Texas
— Max Olson (@max_olson) April 30, 2014
Every year we’ve done a kind-of-lighthearted-but-still-somewhat-serious post on our picks for the 2013 college football season. This season’s participants include myself, Matt Amilian, Carson Cunningham, Nolan Cox, and Brendon Morris.
And here are this year’s picks.
|Favorite OSU player||Justin Gilbert||Kye Staley||Jimmy Bean||Jeremy Smith||Josh Stewart|
|Favorite OSU coach||Spencer's Twitter feed||Wickline||Van Malone||Wickline||Joe Wickline|
|OSU fans should wear __________ to games||Pistols Firing shirts (duh)||Orange t-shirt, jeans||Gray :)||Whatever is comfortable and orange||Blue jeans, cowboy boots, and whatever color makes their eyes sparkle|
|Game OSU loses that they shouldn't||at Tech||at Texas Tech||West Virginia||Baylor||@ WVU|
|One OSU prediction we don't expect||They'll wear throwbacks at some point||Walsh ends up lone starter||Walsh is 2nd leading rusher||Gundy won't tuck in his jacket or sweatshirt this year||Gundy trolls the media by lining up Walsh and Chelf together on the first play|
|Mike Gundy's best attribute||Managing ebb and flow||Hiring coaches||Coach speak||Pride in his gender and age||His hair|
|Leading receiver (yards)|
|Team Chelf or Team Walsh?||Chelf||Walsh||Walsh||Gun to my head...Chelf||Team Lunt|
|One word to describe how bummed you are that Monken is gone||Balls||Crestfallen||Devastated||Shippensburg!||Flabbergasted|
|One word to describe feelings on a 2-QB system||Screwed||Awkward||Non-BCS||Decide!||Walshdozer|
|Best OSU uni combo||Carbon fiber-white-orange||All-black, everything||Gray-Black-Gray||Black-White-Black (changes every day)||Black/White/Orange|
|OSU record||10-2||10 and 2||10 and 2||10 and 2||10 and 2|
|OSU bowl (team we play too)||Cotton vs. South Carolina||Fiesta-Oregon (uniforms!)||Fiesta, Oregon||Fiesta vs Louisville||Fiesta Bowl vs. Georgia|
|Best Big 12 coach||Snyder||Snyder||Gary Patterson||Gundy (right now)||Stoops|
|Best Big 12 uni combo (non-OSU)||Texas' all whites||K-State home||TCU||Iowa State Jack Trice throwbacks||TCU black Pro Combat|
|Big 12 surprise team this year||Baylor||Baylor||Texas Tech||Kansas (4+ wins is surprising, yes?)||Baylor|
|Favorite Big 12 player (non-OSU)||Sam Richardson||John Hubert||Brandon Carter||Gabe Ikard||Tyler Lockett|
|Big 12 POY||Bryce Petty||Josh Stewart||Bryce Petty||Lache Seastrunk||Lache Seastrunk|
|Big 12 champ||Texas||OSU||Oklahoma State||Pokes||OSU|
|Top three in Big 12||1. Texas 2. OSU 3. Baylor||1. OSU 2. OU 3. TCU||1. OSU 2. TCU 3. UT||1. OSU 2. Texas 3. Baylor||1. OSU 2. OU 3. Baylor|
|Favorite college football writer||Stew Mandel||Stewart Mandel||Jimmie Tramel||(Not that) Chris Brown||Jimmie Tramel|
|Favorite college football publication (ie: SI, ESPN, Grantland)||Sports Illustrated||SI.com (top 25 poll not withstanding)||ESPN.com||ESPN||Grantland|
|Favorite college football Twitter follow|
|Three gamedays you want to go to that you haven't been to (ie: Georgia, Ole Miss, etc.)||Ole Miss, Clemson, Oregon||LSU (night), The Swamp (vs. FSU), Ole Miss (The Grove)||Georgia, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech||Ole Miss, Wisconsin,||Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU|
|Best college football announcer/analyst||Chris Fowler||Kirk Herbstreit||Herbstreit||Herbstreit||Mike Tirico|
|Worst college football announcer/analyst||Tie: Mark May and Lou Holtz||Dave Lapham||Lou Holtz - Mark May||Mark May|
|Best unis in college football|
|National team you believe in||Oregon||Georgia||LSU||Ohio State||Georgia|
|National team you don't believe in||tOSU (but that schedule!)||Louisville||Oregon||Florida State||A&M|
|Heisman winner||Braxton Miller||Marcus Mariota (Manziel-ian season)||Braxton Miller||AJ McCarron||Clowney|
|Title game matchup||Georgia-tOSU||Georgia-Stanford||LSU over Ohio State||Bama - Stanford||Alabama vs. Ohio State|
Here’s Mrs. Pistols breaking down the West Region like Jay Bilas breaks down the NBA Draft.
I love her talking Harvard — “too brainy!”
I also love the Iona conversation — “is the Tournament getting less legit?”
Belmont Stake to the second round!
Favorite OSU player Gilbert Lunt Stewart Bulldog Randle Randle
Favorite OSU coach Gundy Malone Wickline - UNDERRATED Wickline Monken - "Holy Balls! $%^&!" is he awesome Spencer
Leading receiver Stewart T. Moore Stewart MichaelHarri...crap...T-Mo T. Moore Stewart
Lunt TD/INT ratio 30/14 35/8 25/10 31/15 31/15 25/14
Attire to games Pullover if it's under 85 Orange polo/white hat Orange t-shirt/hoodie Boots, jeans, orange and white gingham button down. Gundy gel, orange polo, jeans Interlocking OS hat, orange polo
OSU uniform combo Black-white-orange All white All black Black, white, orange All-black Everything (Although, I think Gray-Orange-Gray was severly underrated) Black-Black-Orange
Tailgating beer Shiner Corona Bud Light There ain't nothin' finer than an ice cold Shiner Bud Light (quantity beats quality) Blue Moon
Favorite OSU writer Helsley plead the 5th PFB Contributors Jimmie Tramel Berry Tramel on all subjects Berry Tramel
Favorite OSU publication NewsOK NewsOK NewsOK CoachTravisFord.com NewsOK NewsOK
OSU record 9-3 10-2 10-2 9-3 9-3 9-3
OSU bowl Cotton Fiesta Alamo Cotton Cotton Alamo
Big 12 roadie WVU WVU Mountaineer Mantrip Mountaineer Mantrip WVU (No. 1 party school!) Texas
Big 12 uniform Texas (white) OSU OSU TCU Pro Combat OSU OSU
Big 12 surprise Iowa State Kansas Texas Tech Iowa St. Baylor (hides) TCU
Big 12 champ WVU OSU OU
OU OU OU
Non-OSU player Carrington Byndom Geno Smith Gabe Ikard Aaron Murray Arthur Brown Collin Klein
Big 12 coach you'd trade Gundy for Bob Bobby Stoops Dana Dana Briles
One word to describe Dana Is "playaction" one word? Ghostbusters 2 %&*%!#*#!! Flea-Licker Hero Four Loko
Favorite announcer Sean McDonough Nessler Brad Nessler Jesse Palmer,bro Rece Davis Joel Myers (underrated, plus he did bedlam in '01 and '02)
Favorite analyst Robert Smith Matt Millen Rece Davis Matt Millen Herbie, it's not close Matt Millen
Least favorite announcer/analyst Mark May Musberger & Herbie Lou Holtz They call him Maydayfor a reason. Holthhhhzzz Musberger / Mark May
Favorite national coach Lester Urban Meyer Mark Richt Dabo Swinney Mad Hatter Chip Kelly
Favorite national player Barkley Cody Green Tebow Matt Barkley Marcus Lattimore Denard Robinson
Favorite national uniform Georgia UCLA Oregon Besides Oregon? Clemson. Something about orange... Florida State Michigan
Team you wish OSU would play Clemson USC Ole Miss Tennessee Oregon State, settle it once & for all LSU
2012 team you're rooting for South Carolina Stanford Wisconsin USC Florida State (Grew up a fan) Michigan
Tailgate you want to go to The Grove Rocky Top Grove Hotty Toddy gosh almighty who the he are we? Hey! Flim flam, bim bam, Ole Miss by damn! Grove, Hotty Toddy Texas
Heisman Barkley Barkley Barkley MB1 Tyler Wilson Barkley
Title game SC - SC USC-Georgia Southern Cal - Arkansas SC/'Bama SC - LSU USC-Bama
The preseason coaches picks to win the Big 12 were released today. This doesn’t mean much in the big scheme of things but I’m poring over hoops stuff right now like crazy so I think it’s kind of fun.
OSU was picked to finish 3rd in the Big 12 behind KU and Baylor. This on the heels of Bill Self saying OSU has the best team on paper.
I think the most telling thing is how closely grouped Baylor, OSU, Texas, K-State, and WVU are. Any of those teams could finish 2-6 (assuming Kansas wins it) and I think OU even has a chance to make a little noise this year.
The points section should be pretty self-explanatory (9 pts for a first place vote, 8 for second, etc.) Kansas got every first place vote except its own (you can’t vote for your own team). Self voted for Baylor to win the conference.
Here are our serious and not-so-serious picks for the 2012 college football season.
|Favorite OSU player||Gilbert||Lunt||Stewart||Bulldog||Randle||Randle|
|Favorite OSU coach||Gundy||Malone||Wickline - UNDERRATED||Wickline||Monken - "Holy Balls! $%^&!" is he awesome||Spencer|
|Leading receiver||Stewart||T. Moore||Stewart||MichaelHarri...crap...T-Mo||T. Moore||Stewart|
|Lunt TD/INT ratio||30/14||35/8||25/10||31/15||31/15||25/14|
|Attire to games||Pullover if it's under 85||Orange polo/white hat||Orange t-shirt/hoodie||Boots, jeans, orange and white gingham button down.||Gundy gel, orange polo, jeans||Interlocking OS hat, orange polo|
|OSU uniform combo||Black-white-orange||All white||All black||Black, white, orange||All-black Everything (Although, I think Gray-Orange-Gray was severly underrated)||Black-Black-Orange|
|Tailgating beer||Shiner||Corona||Bud Light||There ain't nothin' finer than an ice cold Shiner||Bud Light (quantity beats quality)||Blue Moon|
|Favorite OSU writer||Helsley||plead the 5th||PFB Contributors||Jimmie Tramel||Berry Tramel on all subjects||Berry Tramel|
|Favorite OSU publication||NewsOK||NewsOK||NewsOK||CoachTravisFord.com||NewsOK||NewsOK|
|Big 12 roadie||WVU||WVU||Mountaineer Mantrip||Mountaineer Mantrip||WVU (No. 1 party school!)||Texas|
|Big 12 uniform||Texas (white)||OSU||OSU||TCU Pro Combat||OSU||OSU|
|Big 12 surprise||Iowa State||Kansas||Texas Tech||Iowa St.||Baylor (hides)||TCU|
|Big 12 champ||WVU||OSU||OU||OU||OU||OU|
|Non-OSU player||Carrington Byndom||Geno Smith||Gabe Ikard||Aaron Murray||Arthur Brown||Collin Klein|
|Big 12 coach you'd trade Gundy for||Bob||Bobby||Stoops||Dana||Dana||Briles|
|One word to describe Dana||Is "playaction" one word?||Ghostbusters 2||%&*%!#*#!!||Flea-Licker||Hero||Four Loko|
|Favorite announcer||Sean McDonough||Nessler||Brad Nessler||Jesse Palmer,bro||Rece Davis||Joel Myers (underrated, plus he did bedlam in '01 and '02)|
|Favorite analyst||Robert Smith||Matt Millen||Rece Davis||Matt Millen||Herbie, it's not close||Matt Millen|
|Least favorite announcer/analyst||Mark May||Musberger & Herbie||Lou Holtz||They call him Maydayfor a reason.||Holthhhhzzz||Musberger / Mark May|
|Favorite national coach||Lester||Urban Meyer||Mark Richt||Dabo Swinney||Mad Hatter||Chip Kelly|
|Favorite national player||Barkley||Cody Green||Tebow||Matt Barkley||Marcus Lattimore||Denard Robinson|
|Favorite national uniform||Georgia||UCLA||Oregon||Besides Oregon? Clemson. Something about orange...||Florida State||Michigan|
|Team you wish OSU would play||Clemson||USC||Ole Miss||Tennessee||Oregon State, settle it once & for all||LSU|
|2012 team you're rooting for||South Carolina||Stanford||Wisconsin||USC||Florida State (Grew up a fan)||Michigan|
|Tailgate you want to go to||The Grove||Rocky Top||Grove||Hotty Toddy gosh almighty who the he are we? Hey! Flim flam, bim bam, Ole Miss by damn!||Grove, Hotty Toddy||Texas|
|Title game||SC - SC||USC-Georgia||Southern Cal - Arkansas||SC/'Bama||SC - LSU||USC-Bama|
Everybody likes to get all fired up about preseason polls and the vast (and I mean vast) number of watch lists their teams’ players land on1.
But as time, and the chart I’m about to show you, has shown, we know so little this time of year it’s not even worth getting excited about2.
After they picked OSU to finish 4th in the conference yesterday (pretty reasonable, I might add) I wanted to see how well the media did historically at picking OSU and other Big 12 teams.
College Football Matrix put out a study the other day that compared draft picks to recruiting class rankings and the results weren’t so stellar for Oklahoma State.
In fact, the Cowboys moseyed on up to the short seat at the “what did you do with the talent you had” end of the table.
Since 2002 OSU has brought in (on average) the 25th best class in the country. In that same time, the Cowboys have produced 15 draft picks, good for 53rd most in that time span. So their aggregate score is a -28 (draft picks rank minus recruiting class rank) which implies that the coaching staff can recruit well but lacks the ability to coach.
This is counterintuitive to what most OSU fans consider to be reality. The consensus: “we get the leftovers from Texas, OU, A&M, Tech, and even TCU and turn them into incredible players.”
The numbers say something very different.
The numbers say we get outstanding players, some of the best in the country, and they either 1.) get lost in the system and are never found by NFL scouts or 2.) aren’t coached to materialize.
Big thanks to Michael Lane for the newly-branded Bullets. We have some more stuff coming over the next few weeks I think you guys are going to like.
I’m in on Gundy not going to the ESPN thing. Plus, the unintended consequence is that him choosing family over work and it becoming such a big deal becomes a recruiting pitch in and of itself. Good stuff. (NewsOK)
Kevin Peterson: “Anytime a Big 12 team beats an SEC team, it kind of kills the debate about who is better, especially with a team like Alabama being as good as they are and OU being able to get the win over there. It really tells a lot about the Big 12 and what type of athletes that we have.” (Tulsa World)
Kliff and Gundy going at it for East Texas kids? (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
All the photos from the media day golf tournament. Do you think Glenn Spencer dropped inspiring quotes before big putts for folks? Would be pretty awesome. (Flickr)
Do you ever root for OU? (PFB)
Loved this on Big 12 media days takeaways. Everything is spot on. (ESPN)
Justin Gilbert signs. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Big 12 players vote on the best pregame intros…. (ESPN)
What they said/what they meant from Big 12 media days. Part II coming today. (PFB)
I do like that “The Freek” is catching on as Tyreek’s nickname. Print the shirts, baby. (Fox SW)
We’ve done this dance so many times we can count the steps in our sleep: win, win, lose, win, win and win, ending with at least nine wins and between one and four losses. Oklahoma State flies in under the radar; the radar picks the Cowboys up in October and November; by December, the Cowboys rank among the league’s best. (USA Today)
I thought this on how Steve Sarkisian left UDub was pretty interesting. (Yahoo)
Glenn Spencer: “Ryan Simmons isn’t afraid to lose a friend in the locker room because he expects to play great defense.” That’s the most Glenn Spencer quote ever. (okstate)
Gundy on recruiting: “You always worry about who you bring into your program. I think that’s the biggest concern for us; we’d like to have more access to really get to know them as a person and player, more than we really do.” (ESPN Insider)
Good point here by Whetsell: OSU should be terrific in 2015. (CRFF)
Stoops is raising his shots fired game the older he gets. I love it. (NBC)
Like I said. (CBS Sports)
This profile of Brandon Weeden’s stint with the Browns is actually pretty good. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
What do the preseason Big 12 rankings actually mean? (PFB)
This recruiting pitch is really creative. I’m impressed. (CBS Sports)
There’s a “Heavweight” bracket for the MGM Grand Main Event this winter and for some reason OSU is in it. (okstate)
Markel signed a multi-year contract which is just the best. (NBA)
Berry Tramel doesn’t think Cleveland should deal Wiggins for Love. I disagree. (NewsOK)
18,000 kids in Oklahoma are home schooled? I used to be one of them. Enjoyed this quote: “The bigger picture is to teach them to love learning and to find information for themselves.” (Tulsa World)
I didn’t even watch this. I’m just assuming it’s the greatest.
Everybody at the Oklahoman picks OSU 4th or worse in the Big 12 this year. Fair. (NewsOK)
In that sense, it’s perhaps his best opportunity to brush through the distractions, surpass expectations again and bolster his Stillwater legacy, on his own. (Sports on Earth)
Good to-do list here, that LB depth chart will be ugly. (NewsOK)
Jenni Carlson: OSU gets bowl eligible in October, then goes winless in November and December. (NewsOK)
Jameis doesn’t understand how the media works, I don’t think. “Before I say anything, how does it feel to have an ACC team come in here with a national championship? Can we give the ACC a round of applause? We took it away from the SEC. It’s a blessing.” (Syracuse)
It’s not a secret that the outlook for Oklahoma State football this season isn’t near as bright as it was a year ago when the Cowboys were Big 12 favorites. The good news? Coach Mike Gundy and OSU have been doubted before. (NewsOK)
The top 15 games of the Big 12 season. Bedlam No. 3. (ESPN)
Good stuff here from Robert Allen on what he wants to know from each team over the next two days in Dallas. (Scout)
Always enjoy Berry’s questions for media day. Why isn’t Gundy going to Bristol? (NewsOK)
Big 12 media days will be on TV today which is pretty cool. OSU goes Monday morning. (Fox SW)
The Barry Sanders kicks will be $120. (Nike)
Gundy: “But we can play a lot better than what people think and I think we will.” (Tulsa World)
Director of Big 12 officiating: “Very often we get unfairly labeled with being much more violent than it is.” Actually I think it’s the other way around. (NewsOK)
Erin Andrews, gone. (Yahoo)
Kurt Budke is going in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame which is just the coolest. (Scout)
Drafting Smart might seem to spell a certain end to Rondo’s run in Beantown. But in an age where assets are in many ways more valuable than tangible talent, having a piece like Smart could mean the difference between trading into an instant contender and merely hoping it happens. (B/R)
10 thoughts on the British Open. (CBS Sports)
Great story on pickpockets in New York. (NYT)
This from Sally Jenkins on her pops (Dan, you may have heard of him) is terrific. (Washington Post)
I enjoyed this on the cost of low-hanging fruit. (Saddington)
Finished this book over the weekend, thoroughly enjoyed it. (Amazon)
Joe’s just turned 39?! (Stillwater Newspress)
Good “what’s in my pocket” post here. (Pocket)
Cool story here on how golf clubs are mishandled and what folks do about that. (NYT)
Two couples, one mortgage. (Atlantic)
Most ballin’ news ever for Oklahoma hipsters. (NewsOK)
Love both of them..