Superlatives: Iowa State

Kyle Porter —  October 21, 2012 — 19 Comments
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Winners: Oklahoma prisoners (do you play football for OSU?), Gundy, visors (lots of TV time), ESPN (you listened to the broadcast), morning games (as a blogger, I love them).

Losers: Austin Hays’ hands, Greeks, Justin Horton’s achilles, the eight Iowa State DBs who dropped pick sixes.

Best play: The INT by Daytawion Lowe, if only because I almost forgot how to spell the word “interception.”

Worst play: Justin Gilbert got burned so hard in the first quarter on a stop-and-go up the OSU sideline. If Iowa State didn’t have QBs that would have competed for time on my intramural team they could have army-crawled into the endzone.

Best player: Walsh, though I’m eternally perplexed by him, did a great job on one of the best defenses in the Big 12. It’s not always pretty but you can’t deny how good he was yesterday.

Worst player: Austin Hays (where is C.J. Curry and all of his stars?)

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By The Numbers: Iowa State

Kyle Porter —  October 21, 2012 — 5 Comments
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2 – Iowa State has given up 400 yards through the air twice since 2009 (Kansas). Both times were to OSU.

415 – The 9th best passing day in OSU history by a single player.

3 - J.W. Walsh now has three 300+ yard passing games. Only Weeden, Fields, and Robinson have more.

.14 – OSU gave up only .14 points per play, their 5th best mark in the last three seasons1.

12 – Iowa State had gone 12 straight games holding its opponent to under 30 points in regulation. That was snapped today.

11 – Iowa State didn’t score on its last 11 possessions.

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Awful Announcing: Iowa State Game

Kyle Porter —  October 21, 2012 — 5 Comments

I wasn’t sure the Louisiana game (or Arizona game for that matter) could be approached but Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch (!), and Darius Walked outdid themselves in the OSU-Iowa State affair.

All of these things actually happened…

Darius Walker kicked things off by calling OSU’s running back “Joseph Randolph” about 11 times in his pregame breakdown. Now I understand screwing up Lavocheya or even somebody more obscure like Blake Jackson (we’ll get to him) but Joe Randle is our premiere guy, he’s one of the only guys you know you’re going to be talking about!

Eric Crouch called the play where the QB and RB meet in the middle of the backfield the “read zone.”

FX showed a graphic of impact players for Iowa State while they were on offense and two of the three guys were linebackers.

Justin Kutcher said “good red zone numbers by OSU” as FX flashed an “OSU has allowed scores in 14 of 15 red zone trips this season” graphic.

Kutcher threw it back to Walker in the 2nd quarter and (clearly still reeling from his Randolph comment) he said about Walsh “he’s having a good game but it looks like it might be screwed a little bit because he has a little hitch in his giddy up1.”

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The Iowa State Game On Twitter

Kyle Porter —  October 20, 2012 — 4 Comments

Here are some of the most interesting tweets from the Iowa State game.

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10 Thoughts On Iowa State

Kyle Porter —  October 20, 2012 — 18 Comments
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Box Score

1. I don’t understand J.W. Walsh, he defies my ability to process and comprehend the game of football or the quarterback position. He always seems like he’s a pick six from transferring to Lamar and yet he goes out today and posts the 7th best passing day in OSU history1.

There’s still not a quarterback controversy 2 but he played an awfully good game today against a great Iowa State defense.

2. The uniforms were awful. I know everybody thinks it’s cool that we do the all orange thing or whatever but I’m not even sure the color of the helmets matched the color of the jerseys and pants and the logo was the size of an acorn.

The orange looks a lot sharper when it’s only on one piece or even accenting everything like in Tuscon.

3. I tweeted it like 10 times but I think we’ve found Quinn Sharp’s kryptonite: field goals against Iowa State. He’s one for his last four against them.

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OSU New Orange Helmet

Kyle Porter —  October 20, 2012 — 7 Comments

Here are the new orange helmets. Photos courtesy of @cowboyfb, CBS, and @osijj. I don’t love them.

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Week 8 Prop Bets

Matt Amilian —  October 20, 2012 — 1 Comment

Our resident podcast/gambling novice, Matty Amilian, will be bringing you this fun little fake gambling post from here on out for the rest of the Big 12 schedule. Enjoy!

I raked it in last week, pulling in a smooth $90 in Heidi Montag currency. I banked on OSU not covering and Texas Tech pulling off the upset.

Who’s fired up for an 11:00 a.m. kickoff?!  Not this guy, but at least we have football at BPS again. This week’s lines include Lunt, uniforms and house decorations. Before we start, here’s a fun tidbit: Baylor is winless in Big 12 play and is an 8.5 underdog this week. Okay, place your bets!

1) OSU -14 vs Iowa State

Big number, and I wouldn’t touch it with real money. Early in the week I thought “There’s no way Lunt isn’t starting. This line will fall to 10 or 11, and I’ll pick it up for our weekly parlay.” It appears I might be incorrect on both accounts.

2) OSU-Iowa State Over/Under: 60 points

This is the best defense will have played up to this point in the season. I didn’t expect to be saying that on October 19th, but you can’t convince me I’m wrong. When is the last time an O/U for an OSU game has dipped below 60?

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#OSUrank (#12) – Christien Sager

Kyle Porter —  October 19, 2012 — 1 Comment

I’m ranking the OSU basketball squad NBA-style leading up to OSU’s first exhibition affair on November 1 with Ottawa. Use the #OSUrank hashtag on Twitter to join the convo.

Who: Christien Sager #15

Why: The second best of the domestic white guys, Sager actually got some quality playing time last year in Big 12 games (and even outscored Cobbins and Soucek combined in the Tech game).

He’s a prime candidate for the Club Tril belt this season and who knows with the way guards under Ford exit stage left he could get more quality playing time this season…

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#OSUrank (#13) – Ford Stuen

Kyle Porter —  October 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

I’m ranking the OSU basketball squad NBA-style leading up to OSU’s first exhibition affair on November 1 with Ottawa. Use the #OSUrank hashtag on Twitter to join the convo.

Who: Ford Stuen #5

Why: Travis Ford’s nephew (fill in nepotism joke as you see fit here) joined the Cowboy basketball program in the offseason by firing off this tweet in May:

It’s actually not as bad as it sounds (I don’t think) considering Stuen is just a walk-on and got to work on his game for a year at the IMG Academy in Florida.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  October 19, 2012 — 14 Comments

Toughness, effort, discipline, no excuses. Finish.

This is difficult to read. (NewsOK)

Really cool interview with Terry Miller here. Our offensive game plan was very different. Hah! (O’Colly)

I kind of doubt they haven’t at least talked about the r-word for Lunt. (NewsOK)

Brendon Morris and I did a little Q&A for the O’Colly. (O’Colly)

ESPN is offering the OSU-portion of the Blue Ribbon Yearbook for free. Not a ton of stuff in here you haven’t already read but the Mark Few/Marcus Smart part was intriguing. (ESPN)

Berry thinks Walsh will play tomorrow. Stoops doesn’t care who plays for Kansas and he basically says as much. (NewsOK)

Jason King is surprised more people aren’t talking about OSU. (ESPN)

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OSU’s F+ Rating

OKC Dave —  October 18, 2012 — 12 Comments
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Believe it or not, college football is about to enter its 8th week of the season. By now, the computer models are beginning to catch up with what is happening on the field. In my opinion, the best computer models covering college football are NOT included in the BCS rankings. You are probably at least vaguely familiar with them already, but the best computer models are Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings and Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings.

Both models can be found at the outstanding Football Outsiders site. Very briefly, Fremeau’s model analyzes each possession by every team in the college football season and evaluates its success. Connelly’s does the same thing for each and every play. Both models make adjustments for strength of schedule and garbage time.

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I don’t know if anyone keeps a repository of all the best Big 12 photos of all time but I have to think this shoots straight to the top.

All I could think when I first saw it was “Ford is Mr. Orange!

Anyway, this thing deserves to be broken down NFL Live-style so let’s jump in.

-Casper Barnes looks quite sickly, just like the football program his colleague Mr. Brown (pun!) is currently navigating.

-Does Scott Drew have 18 yellow/gold ties or does he just buy a new one at the beginning of every season?

-Same for Ford.

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Huddle Up: Iowa State

Kyle Porter —  October 18, 2012 — 9 Comments
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My buddy Chris Williams who runs the excellent Cyclone Fanatic and I exchanged emails recently about this Saturday, last November, fast offenses, and the best linebacker unit in the Big 12. Hope you guys enjoy it!

Kyle Porter: We meet again…Tell me this: Since that fateful Friday night last November, how much has Iowa State improved as a football program?

Chris Williams: A fateful Friday night…A chilly evening that you all still have nightmares about…A chilly November night that the Cyclone Nation calls its greatest of all-time. I’m glad that we’re still friends Kyle. I really am.

Iowa State is a much deeper football team than it was a season ago, specifically on defense. There’s been a lot of debate on our boards this season as to which Iowa State defense was better – this one or 2005′s bunch. I was on the fence for a while but now believe this one gets the nod. 2005′s line was probably better but this one goes 10 deep. I’m sure you’re aware of All Big 12 linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein. The secondary hasn’t dropped off a bit since last season. The emergence of a true middle linebacker in Jeremiah George has given Iowa State some much-needed flexibility to play a 4-3 base effectively against the Kansas State’s and Iowa’s of the world too. Quality depth is where Iowa State is better off in 2012.

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Daily Bullets

Kyle Porter —  October 18, 2012 — 10 Comments

Where we don’t even know if Buffalo has bloggers.

OKC Dave has created an OSU stats account on Twitter that’s going to be something you want to follow. I’ll be helping contribute as well…


Gosh, only Buffalo has fewer turnovers forced than OSU. (ESPN)

Is it just me or does it seem like kickers care more about other kickers than their own teams? (NewsOK)

Joe Randle and Quinn Sharp make the midseason All-American list. (Sports Illustrated)

If you want a “the NCAA hates OSU” smoking gun, this is going to be it if JPO doesn’t get his eligibility. (NewsOK

I don’t know if he’s the best coach OSU has ever had, but he definitely has the best name. (NewsOK)

Ubben has Bedlam as the 5th best remaining Big 12 game. (ESPN)

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