Where we’re two for two on uniform news. Oh and happy Ryder Cup day.
Very cool story from Brendon Morris on Josh Stewart and J.W. Walsh. (O’Colly)
Good on them for apologizing for breaking bad news. (CRFF)
Manny Diaz is worried about how many plays OSU is going to run on Saturday. He should be, OSU is 4th in the country in plays per game. (NewsOK)
Three questions (good ones too) about the game. (Horns Nation)
I agree with this, the problem is I don’t know if Walsh can beat you with mid-to-deep passes…and if he can’t then the rushing game is meaningless. (NewsOK)
Berry Tramel picks Texas…which means he’s an OU homer…no wait…he picked Texas, he can’t be an OU homer. I’m confused! (NewsOK)
Our resident podcast/gambling novice1, 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!
For someone who doesn’t gamble (outside of the PFB crew’s weekly $1 12-team progressive parlay2), I love following game lines, over/unders, prop bets, all of it. Let’s celebrate the start of Big 12 play with some lines and prop bets. I’m Vegas. No risk. No Payout.
How do you think the Cowboys will fare against the Longhorns? Place your “bets” in the comments section.
This is not a quandary inherent to OSU specifically, but rather an issue created by the fact that Texas is backing up 5-stars with 4-stars on defense1.
The Texas defense is good, you know that, it’s had three top 12 defenses in the last three years. It hasn’t allowed more than 25 ppg since 2007.
It is fast, it is skilled, its defensive ends double as draft day staples and it has really been the only thing keeping them afloat while Mack tried to find a quarterback that was somehow capable of handing off and throwing to the fastest, biggest guys in the country.
OSU’s offense has been equally good, OKC Dave reminded you of that yesterday. And it has had recent success against Texas. 38 points last year, 33 the year before. That’s going to win you some games with the incompetence UT has been trotting out behind center as of late.
Sad for Stillwater Junior High today as well as the Poulos family.
Great stuff on the OSU D here about yards per play. (Barking Carnival)
Berry Tramel thinks OSU will win if it runs the ball effectively on Saturday. Insightful post. (NewsOK)
I’m not sure I have any clue what Monken is saying here. (NewsOK)
Browns-Ravens on NFL Network tonight. (NFL)
Terrific story on one of the most important golf outings in football history. (O’Colly)
These are from the Miles/Gundy era (the non-dark ages). Speaking of, we need a good name for the last 10 years…maybe it’s just the Gundy era since he was the OC under Miles for a while. Maybe it’s the “we score more every week than we did every season in the 90s” era. I don’t know but I’m willing to take suggestions.
I know this is going to be difficult for some of you to swallow but sometimes I like (and appreciate) great OSU games that result in losses more than I do the wins.
That’s crazy, I know, but if you’re Andy Roddick that ’09 Wimbledon final has to be more special than, say, a random Cincinnati Open you won in the mid-2000s, doesn’t it?
There’s this dark beauty to the great ones, the devastating losses, that just isn’t there in the Savannah State games, the Kansas games. Does the 3OT Durant game in GIA mean less if Boggan doesn’t hit the final three. I argue no but I know some of you would disagree.
Associate managing editor for the Daily Texan, former Sports Illustrated and MLB.com intern, and one time Grandland contributor Trey Scott joined me to talk about the Texas game this weekend.
1. OSU fans have heard a lot of David Ash talk the last two weeks. Compare him (realistically) to another Big 12 QB (past or present).
There were times last season he looked a lot like Garrett Gilbert: prototypical size with some running ability but only with horrid accuracy, a propensity for making bone-headed decisions, especially in the red zone, devoid of any poise. Ash is so much better this season, with numbers that rival any Colt McCoy ever put up in a three-game span (seriously).
Alas, that’s not a realistic comparison. This is a tough question because you have to predict Ash’s 2011 lapses will strike again, but it’s also hard not to get excited about what you’ve seen from him so far. I’m going to stretch this a bit, but how about Iowa State’s Bret Meyer? Big-armed and athletic but with an occasion interception problem. I don’t know, ask me again in November.
HE’S TOO FAST.
Where the only uniform news you can trust comes from PFB…
Funny, good look at the game this weekend. (Barking Carnival)
We’re about to find out what Texas is made of. (NewsOK)
This is spectacular. (OState.tv)
Where OSU ranks statistically this week. (NewsOK)
Stop! (Dallas Morning News)
The rumors started flying pell mell at some point late last week1 and only picked up steam until we arrived at what happened tonight.
This is the photo that was cited…
I checked around a little bit and have come to believe that these photos/drawings/prototypes are real and were (WERE) proposed by Nike to the OSU athletic department (and Gundy) at some point (I believe last season).
Since Harry Birdwell (okay, Boone Pickens) ushered in the Gundy era in 2005, the OSU offense has changed identities several times. We’ve seen some of the best offense in college football under Gundy’s reign. Let’s give the coaching staff a pass on the awful 2005 season. Since then, the offense has finished outside of the top 20 in total offense only one time (2009). Even more impressive, the offense has finished in the top 7 in total offense on four occasions.
Okay, so we’ve seen some good offense. What I think is more interesting is how our offensive philosophy has changed during that time period to fit the talent we had at the time.
Look at the chart below. It looks a little busy, but it’s pretty simple. Three categories: OSU, the Big 12, and the NCAA. I took the rushing plays for each season and divided them by the total offensive plays for the season.