Matt Amilian joins me on the podcast to talk week 5 lines and what OSU did well in College Station on Saturday.
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Don’t forget, president Hargis will be chatting with everyone tonight via Facebook, Twitter, and email. (okstate.edu)
This might be the best line you read about Bedlam all year (not to get ahead of ourselves or anything): “The Oklahoma State crowd will want blood, and the Pokes are finally good enough to deliver it.” (ESPN Insider)
Berry Tramel with a compelling case for the A&M win being the biggest in OSU history. (NewsOK)
Ubben shows OSU some love in his weekend rewind. (ESPN)
Bryan Fischer says OSU didn’t panic at all after getting outclassed in the first half. (CBS Sports)
Dez wagered with Stephen McGee over who would win the OSU A&M game. (The Landry Hat)
Wait, you’re telling me Tulsa and A&M is a tougher two-game stretch than Texas and Missouri? (ESPN Insider)
Wait, so was Blackmon trying to dive or was he trying to celebrate? (NewsOK)
Phenomenal graph that shows where in the country Oklahoma State is underrated and where they’re overrated. (CBS Sports)
TERRIFIC photo by Adam Kemp on the front of the O’Colly yesterday. (O’Colly)
I love how Matt Millen continues to call Broderick Brown “Broderick bulldog Brown” as if that’s his middle name or something. He also really enjoyed calling Jeff Fuller “a powerful man” many many times.
Josh Stewart welcoming himself to this receiving corps. can’t make many defensive coordinators in the Big 12 very happy…
One more after the jump.
Oklahoma State has moved up to #5 in the AP and #6 in the coaches poll after Saturday’s massive comeback over Texas A&M.
As for my BlogPoll? Same story.
I jumped them up past Stanford this week, I’d been looking for a decent excuse to do so since Stanford hasn’t really been blowing me away and the second half in College Station gave it to me. OSU has a top five team, trouble is, I’m not sure who I can move them past unless Bucky stumbles against Nebraska at home, Bama gets beat in the swamp, or Florida goes into Death Valley and slays #1.
Speaking of #1, like many other voters I bumped the fightin’ hatters up past OU after their impressive rout in Morgantown. You go on the road to Mississippi State, WVU, and destroy Oregon in a neutral site game to open the year and you deserve to be number one.
Not a ton of change otherwise inside the top ten. Obviously A&M drops out and Arkansas and West Virginia slide down as well.
It kills me that to put Baylor where I continue to put them but you can’t argue with what
they’ve Robert Griffin has done so far.
Full poll after the jump.
The fumble itself was about the least funny thing I’ve ever seen in my life, but the coaches booth’s collective reaction? Peerless.
I don’t know who the big bald guy is but watching his face when he sees the ball squirt loose is like watching somebody watch a human unzip his or her skin and reveal an alien underneath.
I’d like to personally thank Gina Mizell for launching her own “Weeden should be in the Heisman race” campaign. (NewsOK)
Vote for Brandon Weeden as the AT&T All-America Player of the Week. (ESPN)
Here’s a good collection of game stories from Saturday’s thriller:
NewsOK – “We got our jazz level up a little bit.”
Sports Illustrated – Terrific piece here by Andy Staples.
ESPN – Pat Forde is better than this column…
CBS - Good mix of “wow, A&M was terrible” and “wow, OSU looked really good.”
O’Colly – “We knew we were going to go out and score every time we got the ball.”
Jonathan Rush and Devin Hedgepeth are out for the year. (NewsOK)
Matt Hinton: “OSU proved against it can run and gun with the best of them, even if it takes a while to get the guns warmed up.” (Dr. Saturday)
Someone else welcomes #3 to the Heisman race. (Rivals)
Some great quotes from Gundy in his weekly media conference call yesterday. (Go Pokes)
Weeden skipping up the sideline swinging right hooks in a celebratory motion was my favorite part of Saturday’s game against A&M, and I’m not sure it’s even close…
1. OSU was down 14 at the half against A&M last year and came back to win. Granted, that was at home and the defense didn’t look like they’d all just met 10 minutes before the game, but still…
2. I don’t love the gray helmets, I thought I did in pictures, but not on TV. As Freemason10 said, “they look like they’re made out of the same material as kids toys.”
3. A&M is confused on defense [fill in your own Aggie joke here]. Several times Weeden could have snapped it and run with the play, it was almost like he was waiting for them to get set. I don’t understand this.
4. A&M just looks better than OSU, like, a lot better. Like SEC > Big 12 better.
5. If you want to be a top 10 team, if you want to play for the Big 12 title, if you want to be mentioned for the national title, you come out and have the half of your lives. Shut up 86,000 Aggies and make a statement that you’re the veteran, seasoned, electrifying team we all think you are.
Teams: #7 Oklahoma State 3-0 (0-0) vs. #8 Texas A&M 2-0 (0-0)
Time: 2:30 PM CST
TV: ABC (coverage map here)
On the call: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Jeannine Edwards
Kickoff: If you, like me, want a reprieve from all the bureaucratic meddling in this this thing we call amateur sports then I have a gem for you at 2:30 CST. It’s the first in a 5-part series of exams this Oklahoma State squad must ace to be walking the streets of bourbon in four months. It’s a gut-wrenching rematch for the Aggies and a heart-twisting week for the Cowboys who are dealing with the loss of one of their own. The scene is set for OSU to reveal itself as a legitimate top 5 team and the curtain is drawn for the Cowboys to shove A&M through as they exit stage right for the SEC in nine calendar months. Kyle will be swaying (this Kyle will be swaying too, more from a nervous twitch than a fervent love for my university though), and the nation will watch to see which Big 12 dark horse will challenge OU for the rights to play for the Big 12 crown.
For entertainment purposes:
Spread: Texas A&M -4.5
I’ll take OSU if I can get them at +4.5 and maybe even 4. I mean this really feels like a 3-4 point game at most. As for the over/under, I’m going under but I’m not excited about it. Rarely does an offensive dream like this live up to its billing and I don’t think tomorrow will be much different, especially with how much emotion will be flowing on both sides.
Video to get you excited:
A few stats you should know:
How much do you expect the crowd at Kyle Field to be a factor inhibiting Weeden’s ability to get things done?
The real Kyle
Why don’t I let Mr. Weeden himself tell you…
“The only difference is when we do something well, not as many people cheer. That’s the only real difference, and that is fine. We enjoy that.”
I’m not sure that’s the only difference, but I am pretty stoked we’re not kicking this thing off under the lights.
Is it just me or do other people put some blame on the big 12′s inevitable break up on the shoulders of Dan Beebe? I mean honestly, what has he done to save the big 12? The second most powerful conference in CFB is about to be no more. That starts with the commish.
Sorry, Schem (I can call you that, right?) – I know you sent this question in like 48 hours ago but it’s already more outdated than Gene Chizik’s wardrobe.
You’re right in some ways, although I would argue that the man wasn’t granted a lot of power by the other members of the conference in the first place. I mean we’re talking about a group that, when approached several years ago about starting the Big 12 network turned it down and is now upset because Texas started their own. What was he supposed to do with that?
David Boren said yesterday that OU (or Texas) wasn’t “driving the train”, but you’d be foolish to think the commissioner of the Big 12 was anything more than putty in the hands of Gepetto.
A burger joint, TX
I’m trying to forget…
You want to know the storyline this week that nobody’s talking about because we all have our heads so far up Bevo’s butt that we don’t even know what conference we’re in anymore?
That ABC gave LSU and West Virginia the 7 PM kick on ABC and slid OSU and Texas A&M to the 2:30 slot.
One team beat the Aggies at Kyle Field last year – Missouri…and that game kicked at 11 AM.
Two teams beat them at home in 2009 – OSU (11:30 kick) and Texas (at night…but they also went on to play for the title).
The point is – a #8-ranked Texas A&M team at Kyle Field in a 2:30 game sounds 1000x better than 85,000 white towels whipping in the thick central Texas air at 7:30 as the sun sets over Olsen Field.
At 2:30, you can minimize the crowd (as much as A&M’s crowd can be minimized), especially since the temperature will be a soul-sucking 95 degrees when the teams take the field. As a visiting team you can kind of use that to your advantage. Score a couple early in the first, keep the crowd at bay, and hold on for dear life in the second half.
Here’s the Oklahoma State Texas A&M ABC/ESPN2 coverage map. (ESPN)
Why can’t more interviews be conducted as well as this one between David Ubben and Brandon Weeden? Fantastic job by Ubben asking questions and Weeden was his usual candid self with the answers. Also, I think my “Blackmon looks like TO” thing from last year is finally picking up some steam. (ESPN)
You don’t need to scour the internet for realignment stories on what happened yesterday with the OU/Missouri press conferences and Dan Beebe’s “resignation.” Just read this one by Andy Staples. (Sports Illustrated)
Oh, and here was Burns Hargis’ follow-up. (NewsOK)
I like Berry Tramel, and think he generally does a job, but I think he’s masking the fact that OU got played (and pretty hard) in this post. (NewsOK)
On the other hand, I don’t like Randy Galloway, but he’s 100% right here, OU is Texas’ you-know-what. (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)
Rece Davis with some great thoughts on Saturday’s game: “I called this game last season. It was wildly entertaining and oddly painful.” (ESPN)
A million times yes on this Dan Wetzel article. (Yahoo)
Bill Trocchi does a great job breaking down the game this weekend. (Sports Illustrated)
Photo Attribution: @eknielsen
It was fun so we decided to do it again for the Tulsa game and look ahead a little bit to this weekend…
Kyle Porter: 1st question – was the Tulsa game the most bizarre sporting event you’ve ever watched?
Anthony Slater: Watched, no way. That is, and probably always will be, the Malace in the Palace. You know, when Ron Artest, Steven Jackson and the rest of the Pacers had a brawl with the entire Detroit crowd. Every time I see that video on YouTube, or am reminded about it, I still can’t believe it happened.
But out of any event that I have covered, no question that was the most bizarre. In a cramped Tulsa press box, it felt like we were in a state of lockdown. There was constant rumors flying around about start times, postponements and incoming storm cells. Every flash of lightning brought a very audible groan. Then suddenly, when it seemed like a sure thing the game was going to be canceled, they announced it would be played. And your sitting there well after midnight, confused about the whole ordeal, and oh yeah, the game you have to cover is about to kickoff. It was unreal.
What about you? What was your experience and what did you think of the decision to play the game?
Kyle: I thought it was insane. When we got to 11 PM I thought there was no possible way the thing was being played. You mentioned in your column that Bill Haisten said at one point he thought there was less than a 1% chance of it taking place and I probably would have gone lower than that.
As an organization you can’t be letting a team in the national title hunt play games that last until 3 AM. I understand it probably wasn’t a call Gundy or Holder could make but the fact that anybody made it was ludicrous to me.
Are you worried about the defense getting shredded for 350+ rushing yards with Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray looming?