The replay is unbelievable.
Cowboys – 7-3 (5-2)
Sooners – 8-2 (6-1)
Cowboys – #15
Sooners – #5
Cowboys – Tech (FEI rank: #42)
Sooners – Texas (FEI rank: #18)
Cowboys – Iowa State (FEI rank: #47)
Sooners – Tech (FEI rank: #42)
Cowboys – Arizona (FEI rank: #34)
Sooners – Kansas State (FEI Rank: #4)
Cowboys – 49th
Sooners – 30th
Jake Trotter of Sooner Nation joined me to trade a few emails about what’s going to happen on Saturday.
Kyle Porter: Ok Jake, I’ve been reading a lot about how Norman isn’t the same Norman and OSU isn’t the same OSU of the past. Do you buy that the Cowboys (and others) have exercised demons of seasons gone by or is that just orange nation trying to make themselves feel better about Saturday?
Jake Trotter: I agree. The Sooners no longer hold the same majestic home-field advantage they once did. And this is a different OSU football program than the one we grew up with.
But does that means the Cowboys will go into Norman, where they’ve been obliterated their last four trips, and win? OU’s two home losses in 2012 were to last week’s No. 1 and then this week’s No. 1. The Cowboys haven’t been the same team away from Boone Pickens Stadium, either.
Yes, OSU exercised demons by knocking off OU in a game with something on the line. But there’s a difference between doing that at home and doing it on the road.
Hope your Thanksgiving but, really, time to kick the in-laws out and start prepping for 2:30 tomorrow.
I did a Bedlam podcast with the fine folks at Crimson and Cream Machine. Listen to it while you read the links, I don’t totally sound like an idiot. (CCM)
Really agree with this about parity throughout the Big 12. (Tulsa World)
How Danny Kannell can relate to Landry and Chelf. (NewsOK)
Everybody at SoonerNation takes OU in a thriller. (ESPN)
Bedlam has arrived. (NewsOK)
Ugh, this first number. (ESPN)
Boomer picks the ten best in-state rivalries. (NewsOK)
One for every Walnut Elf TD pass this season.
1. Marcus Smart.
2. Marcus Smart’s parents.
3. Whoever introduced Marcus Smart’s parents1.
4. OSU being Nike and not Adidas (I hope I always get to say this).
5. Us starting three quarterbacks in the last month who each would have been the best QB at Kansas in the last five years.
6. Not having to root for Kenny Stills.
7. Twitter – I think it still gets a bad rap but I’ve made friends, gotten side jobs, and helped this blog grow because of it. If you just joined we have a great list of people to follow here.
8. Kelly Hines, Jimmie Tramel, Gina Mizell, John Helsley, and Anthony Slater. All write about OSU for major state newspapers, and all are professionals at their jobs.
10. OSU’s colorful history of football coaches: from Pat Jones to Les Miles to Mike Gundy to Crazy Dana to Todd Monken, I dare you to find me five crazier individuals in any sport at any school in the country over the last 25 years.
Hello basketball season.
As a young OSU fan that really started paying close attention to sports in the early 90s, I remember cold college football Saturdays with my dad hoping OSU would at least stay in whichever conference game we were playing. Sometimes we did, but on many occasions the only solace was looking east towards Gallagher-Iba and imagining that Eddie was sitting in his office preparing for the upcoming season (I’m still pretty sure he was).
With the tremendous improvement in the football program coupled with the lack of success in hoops, it became easier to focus on football through November and December and put off basketball season until it was the only option to get an OSU fix.
With the somewhat stunning success the basketball team in Puerto Rico (KenPom gave us a 1-in-7 chance of winning the tournament), the basketball team has demanded that we look in their direction even as our Pokes prepare for bedlam. I’m excited, and not just because we won a couple really tough games. They are really fun to watch, and not in a “hey, we have guys who can dunk” way. They’re fun to watch in an Eddie Sutton kind of way. They defend. They hustle. They play their asses off.
How about the last 3+ weeks of Clint Chelf’s life? He goes from being the backup on a team spiraling out of control in Manhattan to being the toast of Stillwater in 21 days.
And now he has a chance to go down in Cowboy history with a win in Norman this weekend.
It’s one thing to play good for a half in a loss against Kansas State. It’s another thing to house a couple of pretty average Big 12 teams at home in November. And it’s a totally other crazy monumental thing to go to Norman and take down a solid, potentially BCS-bound OU squad.
Only five Cowboy QBs have beaten OU since 1966 and only three (three!) have thrown TD passes in wins against OU in that time period1. Three people! In almost a half century!
I’m excited for Chelf too. You guys know the story, he hung in when he didn’t have to, stuck around when nobody asked him to, and now he has a chance to win the opportunity to guide a Big 12 title team in 2013.
What I’ve been most impressed by is his ability to make intelligent decisions even though he hasn’t played a meaningful game since his senior year of high school.
Where I’m not a fan of Bedlam over Thanksgiving. Too many things going on for fans to focus on the game.
If you don’t understand the Choo! Choo! movement, read this. Also, good to see Colton likes the shirts. (NewsOK)
Really cool article on Shamiel Gary. (Tulsa World)
Dan Bailey is up for the Groza? (ESPN)
Great work by Gina here sorting out all the Big 12 title scenarios. (NewsOK)
Heck of a line on Karsten Creek here: We like having a few successful grown-ups around as members so the team will have role models. This one too: Not coming here would be like not going to Kentucky if you’re recruited for basketball. (Courtesy of Taber Wetz) (Wall Street Journal)
These are painful. (ESPN)
Nolo and I exchanged emails after the UC Davis game but before Marcus Smart started doing Marcus Smart things in Puerto Rico. Hope you guys enjoy.
Kyle Porter: Another year, another injured and potentially-not-well-coached team…and yet every time I get sucked in. If the Billy Donovan/Mark Few discourse means anything (and I’d like to think in college basketball circles it should) OSU could run Marcus Smart out there with four players from the girls team and flirt with the tournament. But the question persists, are we putting too much on the shoulders of a freshman (one from your alma mater no less!)?
Nolan Cox: As a fellow OSU Cowboy and Marcus Marauder I’m admittedly a little bit (okay, a lotta bit) biased, but he’s the real deal. A lot of people got frustrated with Nash’s inconsistency as a freshman last year but Marcus is different in that he doesn’t have to score to be the best player on the floor.
He has an unselfish, defense first mentality coming in which is contagious and nearly impossible to teach a true freshman (unless your name is John Calipari). When you see a guy going that hard at all times, especially when it’s
the Orange Basketball Jesus a guy who’s been as hyped as he has, you feel like you’re cheating him by not going as hard as he does.
He’ll lead us to the tournament if we stay healthy. Okay, my Marcus Smart gush-fest is over. Time to move on to the real question marks. Gun to your head (insert Oklahoma open-carry law joke here), who leads the team in scoring, who is our best player off the bench, and who is the first guy to get arreste..err..who is the biggest disappointment?
KP: Leading scorer has to be Nash — I think in a lot of ways Smart will be the best thing that happened to him. Smart is going to demand defensive looks, drive the lane, and find an I’m-just-chillin-ovah-here Nash for buckets more times than Ford and Monken are going to say the f-word in 2012 combined. I’m fired up about it.
Smart is going to be a catalyst — a real one, not a faux one like we’ve had with Markel the last two years. Speaking of Markel, he’s going to be texting NBA GMs (is that legal?) bedowngrading things about Smart all year just so he can get another year with him because he’s gonna get ALL the oops this year.
This is a new four-star shooting guard who signed with OSU the other day named Detrick Mostella.
Here are his rankings:
ESPN – #83 overall
ESPN – #19 shooting guard
ESPN – #2 in Alabama
Rivals = #68 overall
Rivals – #22 shooting guard
247 – #42 overall
247 – #10 shooting guard
247 – #2 in Alabama
I guess he’ll fit into the LobStilly culture nicely.
Bedlam week is just the best.
In case you missed it yesterday, Choo Choo shirts are available now. (PFB)
I sure as hell don’t want to hear about them. (NewsOK)
They’re gonna need to. (Yahoo!)
Berry compares Kansas State’s Baylor loss with OSU’s Iowa State loss. (NewsOK)
Jimmie Tramel on OSU’s ability to replace great players these days. (Tulsa World)
This is such a great point. (Sports Illustrated)
Terrific article by Jake Trotter on how the Bedlam gap has closed. (ESPN)
Nash and Smart sweep Big 12 weekly awards. (okstate)
Big thanks to Nolan Cox for giving great effort to help me with this one since I was driving for part of it.
1. One thing I noticed on the radio broadcast is how giddy Robert Allen was about how many different things OU has to gameplan for. Am I ridiculous for thinking this is just a faux idea broadcasters and analysts conjure up so they can act like they know what they’re talking about?
I’m not just talking about Robert Allen either. All I hear about on SportsCenter is how difficult it is to gameplan for the Jets and all their weapons at QB and…yeah…4-6 is 4-6.
Walsh is going to run, Chelf is going to throw and do smart Chelf stuff and maybe run a little but I don’t think Mike Stoops is losing much sleep over any of it.
2. Has Gundy apologized to Kelly Hines yet for yelling at her over calling Walsh’s dad and getting a second opinion on his knee? Because he should.
3. Chelf had a throw in the first half when OSU was tied at 7 on a third down to Josh Stewart that was the most “I’ve been in the program for four years and I know what the heck I’m doing” throw ever. Stewart was going over the middle right into a Tech safety, Chelf realized he only needed five yards for the first, so he tossed a rope right at Stewart’s back right shoulder where he could twist and fall over the first down marker to keep the drive alive. Small, but clutch.
Oklahoma State’s perfunctory performance in Puerto Rico and subsequent rise to the #20 spot in the most recent AP Top 25 poll was punctuated by a hark to yesteryear, the return of the defense.
Travis Ford has traditionally been known for his offensive teams (fill. in. joke. here.) but with his coaching seat teetering from “getting warm” to “it’s on fire” he called on his stud freshman to lead the way on the defensive end.
Consider this, of the top thirty teams in Ken Pom’s rankings, OSU has the biggest discrepancy between offensive and defensive efficiency.
That tells me their success can be sustainable (offense takes nights off, defense doesn’t etc.) throughout the season even with an average to above average offense.
Let’s take a look at the full list sorted by offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency.
Choo! Choo! shirts available online now.
Title #51. (okstate)
Joe Randle scored his 39th career TD on Saturday. Kind of gives more weight to Barry’s 39-TD regular season in ’88, huh? (NewsOK)
Good post previewing Bedlam. (Yahoo!)
Good read on Blackmon’s big day. (NewsOK)
Cowboy hoops cracks CBS’ top 25. (CBS Sports)
Another four-star for Ford? (Yahoo!)
Cowboys held opponents to 31% shooting in Puerto Rico. Love. (NewsOK)
What a great win by the Cowboys, taking the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from #6 North Carolina State behind stellar performances by Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash. Here are five thoughts about the Pokes’ big win…
1. Nolo and I agree on this — OSU might have outscored NC State by 20 but the reason is because of how fantastic they were on defense. The Wolfpack came in averaging 86 a game and they struggled to crack the 50-point mark.
2. Was Phil Jurick’s achilles recovery the fastest achilles recovery in history? Also, did somebody switch his achilles with Al Jefferson’s achilles? He was the biggest surprise throughout the tournament.
Cowboys – 3-0
Wolfpack – 3-0
Cowboys – Tennessee (69)
Wolfpack – UMass (66)
Cowboys – [fill in Ford joke here]
Wolfpack – n/a
Cowboys – 42nd
Wolfpack – 15th
1. First of all, I want to say thanks for everybody who came out to buy a shirt today. I really enjoyed meeting a lot of you and I hope you enjoy your new gear. For those who weren’t able to make it, we will have the shirts available online shortly. And how about this guy nabbin’ a shirt?
Robin Ventura is on the train! pic.twitter.com/VH8sL1X0
— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 17, 2012
2. How about that first half from Clint Chelf and Isaiah Anderson? Ike had 174 and three and it should have been about two hundy and four if he hadn’t dropped the first one. My favorite part was Chelf’s MJ hands-in-the-air “I don’t know what’s happening” move after the last one…
3. This defense, man, they’ve been outstanding since the Texas game. They probably won’t get the credit last year’s D got from OSU fanatics but that’s a turnover/luck/Gilbert issue, not a team thing. Tech’s five worst offensive outputs go like this:
Iowa State – 24 points
OU – 20 points
Texas – 22 points
KSU – 24 points
OSU – 21 points
Good company, all.
The Cowboys responded in a big way from their squeaker yesterday, hammering Tennessee 62-45. They crashed the boards harder than they have since the SMU game last season (+10 margin today, +12 against SMU last season) and it paid off. Here are five other thoughts about the game…
1. The addition of Jurick to the starting lineup (with JPO out) was fascinating. He helped out on the boards a little bit (fewest rebounds of any starter) but scored six points and was just generally…useful.
Often I think of Jurick as just somebody who gets in the way but OSU really used him as an axis point for its offense today even though he only took four shots. I’m not sure that’s how we want to run things going forward, but it’s definitely something to keep tabs on.
2. Call it the Marcus Smart effect, call it whatever you want, but this team does seems to do a really good job of drawing fouls. That matters because if you can get into another team’s bench the shots become easier, the boards more abundant, and the game opens up significantly. OSU needs games to open up significantly.