Bedlam 2015 in One Infographic

first_imgHere it is.OSU_OU While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Oklahoma State Shrouds Sugar Bowl QB Game in Secrecy

first_imgI’ve never really understood the point of this, but it seems to be one of Mike Gundy’s favorite holiday traditions. Keeping the whole world from knowing who’s going to play QB in the big game.Mike Yurcich was asked on Tuesday. He gave a very Gundy-like answer.“They’re sharing reps, and they’re both looking good and sharp, and they both have their packages,” said Yurcich. “And as we get closer to the game, we will make decisions based on the flow of the game and the productivity as well.”The Q&A that followed was so great.Q. What can you tell us about Mason’s skill? I assume he is limited a little bit. Is he full strength? What can you share?AdChoices广告“Well, he is a tremendous young man who is doing his best to prepare for this game.”Haha!Q. Will he play for sure?“He is a great leader that’s really doing a great job right now in his preparation.”So great. J.W. Walsh followed that up with another Gundy-like answer.“It’s just exciting to know that we kind of have that edge as far as the secrecy of it,” Walsh told the Oklahoman. “And how coach Gundy kind of goes about his business has always been kind of fun. He’s always been that way.”My official guess is that Rudolph starts and plays 50-60 percent of the game. I think we’re going to see more of Walsh but, contrary to what I thought about a week ago, I don’t think he’s going to play all or a majority of the game. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

How Good Were We at Predicting Oklahoma State’s 2015 Season?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. For the last eight years, OKC Dave has put out his excellent preseason survey about Oklahoma State football. You can read the results of the 2015 survey here. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at what we collectively predicted before the games began and how that matched up with the final results.Predicted WinsScreen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.05.10 PMFor the fourth time in six years, we predicted that OSU would win fewer games than it actually ended up winning. We are rational![1. Or we’re just pessimistic.]Order of DifficultyAdChoices广告Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.06.49 PMThis is our confidence level of winning each game. Remember when we thought the TCU game would be a lot more difficult than the OU game?Poll ResultsScreen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.08.10 PMWe need to work on our wins-ranking correlation here, people. We underestimated on wins and way overestimated on ranking (OSU finished No. 20 in the AP Poll).Breakout PlayerScreen Shot 2016-01-13 at 3.08.57 PMWe got close on offense with Washington. Burton is probably the correct answer on defense depending on what we mean by “breakout.”All in all, our predictions were pretty good. We will look at some more specific ones from me and Kyle Boone later this week or next. Those wont’ be as pretty.last_img read more

The New OSU Uniforms Have A Sweet Slogan Hidden Inside

first_imgIf the new football uniforms didn’t already have you fired up enough, Chad Whitener is here to feed you more orange Kool-Aid with a peak at what the inside collar says on the new uniforms.Here’s the slogan via Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World:#OKState players have their new uniforms. A cool feature via Chad Whitener (@MountChad): The inside of the collar. pic.twitter.com/Eu0rHfwDPY— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) July 18, 2016AdChoices广告Just another example of OSU changing the uni game and breaking away from the cookie cutter mold to custom fit what they want. Pretty sweet. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

NCAA Social Media Deregulation Goes into Effect Today

first_imgThe deregulation of social media means a lot of changes are coming to the wide world of an already jumbled twitter.From now on, coaches can “retweet” recruits with no comments. And, if they want to make an indirect comment (also referred to as a subtweet) about said recruit, they must wait exactly one minute before doing so.They may also share articles about recruits on their Facebook, and more very strange rules that should turn what was twitter into the Wild West of Recruiting. Here’s a full recap from Reddit for more details about the social media deregulation going into effect today and what is permissible and impermissible:https://twitter.com/RedditCFB/status/759452614501203968 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Big 12’s Distribution Problem (2016 Edition)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Big 12 has all kinds of problems. When one of the five best columnists that covers your conference is legitimately trying to talk fans into UConn being a good idea, your conference is probably not going to survive. But one of the bigger problems I’ve been wanting to write about for a while is the TV distribution issue the Big 12 is currently facing.TV rights are shared among the big five conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big 10, Pac-12 and ACC) between FOX, ABC and CBS (and all of their subsidiaries). Networks get to choose on a weekly basis which conferences and teams they show. And the Big 12’s distribution last season was not pretty.The guys at Barking Carnival wrote about this.The Big 10 and SEC combined for 103 games telecast by the networks – with 99 of them on CBS or the ABC/ESPN channels. The Big 12 had 49 games telecast by the networks – with 27 (55%) shown on FS1. In fact the Big 12 supplied 79% of all the college football contests shown on FS1Here’s one of the problems with that. FS1 is currently distributed in about six million fewer homes than ESPN and ESPN2. The Big 10 had 43 games on FOX, ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. Forty three! The Big 12 had just 25 with the majority being shown on FS1.It’s not just numbers either. And frankly I’m worried less about the numbers than most. FS1 is in six million fewer homes, but I doubt many of those six million homes actually watch college football. If you love college football, you have the sort of cable setup that allows you to get it.However, there’s a stigma that comes with being shown on an up-and-coming network like FS1. The ubiquity of the internet has eroded how important it is to be on the proper station every week but not completely. It’s still a bigger deal to be on ESPN or ABC or CBS or FOX than it is to be on FS1. ESPN has its warts for sure, but man, it’s still ESPN. It’s the default click for most of us who grew up watching sports.And this is not going to get any better. You know these networks are salivating at the thought of pumping Jim Harbaugh’s pants every Saturday this fall. Another reason Mike Gundy doesn’t want to water down the future of the Big 12 by adding Houston (and teams like Houston). You think ABC is pumped about showing Memphis-Houston over [literally pick any two Big 10 teams]?No, it is not.I don’t begrudge those networks for choosing to put Ohio State and Michigan on instead of TCU and Oklahoma State. Their job is to accumulate big ratings. The top five (and seven of the top nine) highest-rated games of 2015 all included a Big 10 or SEC team. That’s a big deal.Why does any of this matter? It certainly does not affect how much money the Big 12 is getting paid. But always being picked over as the lesser conference for better ones has a downward spiral effect. The more you’re in the spotlight the better recruits you get the more you’re in the spotlight the better recruits you get … and so on.The Big 12 has lost its strength, its leverage and apparently its way. Can it get all of that back by the time the next round of TV negotiating comes up? Maybe … and there’s a pretty simple solution to all of this if you’re in a leadership position in the Big 12. Or at least a partial solution. Because the Big 12 still has some big boy brands to compete with the Ohio States and Michigans of the world. But those brands have been wallowing for years. The solution, as always …Find Texas a quarterback.The irony about all of this for Oklahoma State? The lack of distribution is probably a good thing. Oklahoma State could win its first 11 games 81-0 and play TCU for the Big 12 title in December and ESPN would be like, “nah … Maryland-Michigan State, baby!” That is, OSU generally isn’t getting shown in prime television viewing slots anyway. Texas would be if it was good. Which would lead to more recruits and more coverage and better recruits …So forget I ever said anything. Let’s keep things how they are!last_img read more

Chalk Talk: How the Cowboys Could Use Jalen McClesky (Pt. 1)

first_imgMany people expect that sophomore Jalen McCleskey will be one of OSU’s breakout players in 2016. McCleskey had a respectable freshman campaign, and now with slot receiver David Glidden gone, he will presumably play a bigger role in the offense. So how can the Cowboys get McCleskey involved? They could do so in any number of ways, and that’s what this week’s Chalk Talk will be about. Today, we’re going to look how No. 1 can get easily involved in the screen game.Screens are a great way to get talented players in space. There are a lot of different kinds of screens, including the traditional jailbreak, slip or slow screens. Your most basic wide receiver screens include the tunnel or middle screen:tunnel_NDOr some type of attachment bubble or now screen.UO_bubbleA lot of true wide receiver screens include pulling lineman. But there are many air raid coaches, including famed air raid coach Bob Stitt, that favor screens with no lineman involved. One of those said screens is the drag screen, which is prevalent in spread offenses both at at the collegiate and professional level. In this post, we’re going to focus specifically on this kind of screen. Here’s a still of the old OSU Holgorsen offense running the play with Justin Blackmon as the primary receiver:blackmon drag screenAs you can see, the play features one receiver ‘dragging’ across the field. The running back’s job is to block the strong-side linebacker or, if it’s against man coverage, block the receiver’s defender and take his own defender with him. All the other receivers run streaks to get the defense upfield, and the inside slot receiver tries to pick off the dragging receiver’s defender if against man coverage.blackmon_dragThe play is a high-percentage throw and a good way to get easy yards after the catch. And if the run game isn’t working out, easy completions like this can act as a substitute. Additionally, teams can run this out of pretty much any formation.Some teams run it from trips (but from the weak side):drag_broncosAnd some from an empty set:drag_jakeemThe best part of this play is that it’s flexible. Against man, it becomes a race to the sideline, and the defender has to try and catch up to the speedy receiver. Against zone, the quarterback just has to time the throw correctly to allow the receiver to catch the ball with the other players in position to block.With his speed and elusiveness, McCleskey would thrive on plays like this; when not overused, it’s practically free yardage. Hopefully easy plays like this will be installed to both give the right players the proper touches and to take pressure off of Mason Rudolph; they are quick and easy and could jumpstart any drive.How would you use McCleskey in the screen game? Leave your opinions below in the comments! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

If Oklahoma State’s Depth Chart Was Made Up Of Recruiting Stars

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This week an Alabama writer re-created Alabama’s two-deep with recruiting stars. After a prompt from friend of the blog Tyler Beets, I thought it would be fun to do the same with OSU. I’m guessing it’s going to look a lot different than Bama’s!@pistolsguy @TheOkiePokie can you have someone to a comparison to okstate? https://t.co/l9yLSgCQBw— Tyler Beets (@TylerBeets1) August 30, 2016So here is OSU’s two-deep using 247 recruiting rankings. Here’s a look at the two-deep without recruiting if you want to look at it.OffenseLeft Tackle⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Left Guard⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Center⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️OR⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Right Guard⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Right Tackle⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The only four-star on OSU’s offensive line is (maybe a second-string guy at center). That’s pretty crazy.Wide Receiver⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Wide Receiver⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Wide Receiver⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Wide Receiver⭐️⭐️⭐️N/AAustin Hays had no stars coming out of HS. Everybody else was a three-star according to 247.Cowboy Back⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Running Back⭐️⭐️⭐️OR⭐️⭐️⭐️OR⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️OR⭐️⭐️⭐️OR⭐️⭐️The running back situation is hilarious. Barry J. was the only four-star in HS. Jeff Carr was a two-star!Quarterback⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️N/ANot great when your backup has no recruiting profile.DefenseDefensive End⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Defensive Tackle⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Defensive Tackle⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Defensive End⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The four-stars at DT make me swoon. My goodness! Bama-like!SLB⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️MLB⭐️⭐️⭐️WLB⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Cornerback⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Strong Safety⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Free Safety⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Cornerback⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Pipkins was the two-star CB and Moncrief was the four-star safety. Ultimately, as we all know having lived through a decade of Mike Gundy, stars don’t always matter when building a football team (especially on offense). But we did learn last November that you need horses to close a Big 12 title, and it does seem like OSU has more than usual on this year’s team.CBS Sports has 7 Cowboys listed as projected draft picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. That is by far the most for OSU in the last 5 yrs. #okstate— Dave Hunziker (@Gopokesvoice) August 30, 2016last_img read more

Over/Unders For the 2016 Oklahoma State Season

first_imgWe know what Vegas thinks of this team, but what do we think? I (Kyle P.) made up some over/unders for all of us to answer. Here’s what the guys had to say.Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.49.04 AMSam AldrichI’d say I’m the most confident in Rudolph over 30.5 rushing and passing touchdowns. That’s a lock for me. I am the least confident in the Ateman return date. I am really not sure when he will recover from the broken foot which is a very tough injury for a skill position player to return from quickly.In addition, the wide receivers group should be very impressive even without Ateman, so there will not be a need to rush him back.Thomas FlemingMost confident about Barry J. over 300. Least confident about Ateman coming back.Kyle BooneBrailford and Owens combining for 10.5 sacks? If that were Owens alone, I’d be close to jumping on it. Seems like free money to me. I’m not as confident in the rushing yards per game, however. OSU rushed for a tick over 125 last year, so 140.5 would be a pretty significant improvement. And Gundy has stated his goal is 125 per game, which isn’t real encouraging.Kyle PorterI want to take the over on Rudolph 4,000.5 passing yards to Vegas and just carry an ATM up to the desk and say “LET IT RIDE.” He was going to pretty easily clear this last season before getting injured, and Mike Gundy said this fall he finally looks like he knows what he’s doing.I’m least confident in my Stoner pick. Racking up 300 yards as a frosh is tooooough at receiver, especially when it’s deep like OSU this year. On the other hand, it feels like he’s being talked about as if Jordy Nelson is about to have company in the Big 12 White WR Hall of Fame. I’m flummoxed.Caleb Deck (The Intern!)I feel most confident in Mason’s touchdown stats. This year is his year as the undisputed man, with no J.W. to take his reps in the red zone. Granted, some of JW’s touchdowns will shift to the run game, but with weapons like McClesky, Carr, Ateman, Stoner, Washington, and Barry J. on the field, Mason has lots of options for screen and fade combos to rack up the TDs this year.(Bonus prediction: if we can win 11 games this season, this stat wins Mason the Heisman. He has low enough expectations due to artificially low TD numbers last year that a big jump puts him in contention as long as he is riding a good team.)Least confident in Washington getting less than 60.5 receptions. I firmly believe he is capable of catching anything thrown within three yards of his torso, but with all the hype this year, he’s going to face lots more coverage. In addition to this, having such a deep receiving group will spread catches around. BUT he is James Washington and I don’t doubt he could go over on this if he’s thrown to enough. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Hair Update: Still Flowing Against SE Louisiana

first_imgGundy hair watch #okstate pic.twitter.com/0ahAqi7VsG— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) September 3, 2016And flowed even harder when he put on his visor.Both sides. pic.twitter.com/EpL2FzC4Ce— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 3, 2016I’m all in on all of this. I can’t get enough. There was another great moment with Gundy on Saturday. He was caught on camera teaching freshman Calvin Bundage how to sing the alma mater. Great stuff from the head man.Caught this cool moment — Mike Gundy teaching @CalvinBundage the #OKState alma mater after his first college game. pic.twitter.com/iACmT9W3Cw— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) September 4, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy’s mullet was in midseason form on Saturday afternoon for Southeastern Louisiana. Gundy’s hair was flowing from when he first ran out on the field.Check it out #OKState fans — Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy)’s mullet flowing in the wind as he took the field. pic.twitter.com/3wVU7r3loc— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) September 4, 2016Remained flowing throughout the game.last_img read more

All 10 Officials in Central Michigan-Oklahoma State Game Suspended

first_imgThe apology-fest is in full swing on Sunday afternoon as the Big 12 suspended its two-person replay crew and the MAC suspended its eight-person officiating crew in the wake of whatever that was we watched on Sunday at Boone Pickens Stadium.Here is the statement from the Big 12.Big 12 football coordinator of officials Walt Anderson announces a two-game suspension of the two-person instant replay crew that worked Saturday’s Central Michigan at Oklahoma State game.“The crew missed an opportunity to advise the MAC officiating crew of the misapplication of the penalty giving CMU an untimed down that resulted in its game-winning touchdown,” said Anderson. “NCAA rules permit instant replay to correct egregious errors and it is unacceptable that it did not occur in this situation. Additionally, this replay crew will not be eligible for assignment to an end-of-season bowl game.”MAC announces it has suspended the officiating crew that worked the CMU game two games, as well.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 11, 2016Awesome. Unfortunately that doesn’t do much for Oklahoma State’s W-L record. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Final Predictions: Oklahoma State-Pitt

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We whiffed on this the first few games, but here are some final predictions for what I believe is one of OSU’s most important non-conference games in quite a while.Kyle PorterPlayer of the game: Chad Whitener. Whitener knows what Pitt is going to do. OSU knows what Pitt is going to do. Everybody knows what Pitt is going to do. This feels like an opportunity for the center of Oklahoma State’s defense to have a monstrous performance and for Whitener to have 10-15 tackles and a fumble recovery. Something in that range.Bold prediction: Justice Hill will have more touches than the rest of the RBs combined. I think the coaches know after watching the CMU tape where their bell cow resides. No. 27 is the future, but he’s also the present.Final score: Oklahoma State: 35 | Pitt: 27This is a big game for the program, and everybody knows it. Rudolph won’t have two stinkers in a row, OSU will play to the perceived level of its opponent and we will all feel much better about that Big 12 opener this time tomorrow.Kyle BoonePlayer of the game: Mason Rudolph. As everyone noticed last week, the success on offense is largely determined by the effectiveness of QB1. Pitt isn’t used to facing a quarterback of Rudolph’s caliber and I think OSU will take advantage of their mismatches on the outside with James Washington and Jhajuan Seales.Bold prediction: Oklahoma State will pull out two gadget plays. With the game plan last week coming out vanilla, the Cowboys can’t afford to come out flat again against an opponent like Pitt. I think Yurcich will have a play or two up his sleeve to try and steal the momentum early and put it out of reach before the fourth quarter.Final score: Oklahoma State 41, Pitt 27I don’t think there’s any way that OSU doesn’t come out guns ablazing in this one after what happened last week. The team will be determined to make a statement and prove they deserve to be talked about as a top 25 team. The depth on the defensive line will be put to the test today, and I think they’ll survive a hard fought battle by muscling up in the trenches and winning the turnover battle.last_img read more

Barry Sanders “Still Hurting” from Central Michigan Loss

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State fans across the country were shocked following a week 2 loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas – a game that ended in a hail mary-lateral that resulted from a wrongly awarded untimed down.Even the legendary Barry Sanders is still reeling from the outcome.“I’m still hurting from that one,” Sanders told the Detroit Free Press. “If it were any other team from somewhere else – outside of the state of Michigan – I’d still be angry.”As you well know, Barry Sanders won the Heisman trophy for Oklahoma State in 1988, and later went on to play in the NFL for the Detroit Lions from 1989 to 1998 and finished his career as a 10-time Pro Bowler and now Hall of Famer.With his son suiting up this season for OSU, he clearly has more motivation to watch his alma mater this season more than others.“I obviously watched the game, and CMU played a good game that day,” Sanders said. “It was a tough loss.”last_img read more

Social Media Reacts to the News of Winning a Football National Championship

first_imgMe scrolling through twitter when I found out we won a national championship in 1945 pic.twitter.com/bs7A1M5sSb— The OG (@GentsOkstate) October 13, 2016https://twitter.com/big12memes/status/786763598228033537 Hiter died in 1945. Oklahoma State wins the football national championship in 1945. OSU killed Hitler. We are America’s team. #okstate— Daniel (@dmfb) October 13, 2016 Contrary to popular belief, I did not attend any of OSU’s games in 1945.— I’m beyond help (@RobertW_OkSt) October 13, 2016 OSU publicly displaying, claiming and celebrating a retcon national title is beyond the scope. This is it the Little Brother meme came alive— RedDirtSport (@RedDirtSport) October 13, 2016 Oklahoma State football was awarded the 1945 national championship today. My wedding will now be the 2nd best day of my life.— John Dimond (@johndimond3) October 13, 2016 OKLAHOMA STATE WON THE 1945 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WHEN IM 16 WHAT IS LIFE— Stud.Jc (@StudlyJason) October 13, 2016 After being retroactively awarded the 1945 national championship on Thursday, social media was full of Oklahoma State fans celebrating (and even OU fans poo-pooing). Check out their reaction:The 1945 Championship team celebrating!!!! #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/iNQ6C9vCeY— Tyler (@OSUfreak82) October 13, 2016 great….. give them something else to try and brag about. The Dez Bryant thing is getting old— Hombrevender (@Hombrevender) October 13, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

ESPN Names James Washington Top 50 College Football Player

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. James Washington is one of the top deep threats in the country, and the only midseason all-american named to ESPN’s midseason all-american list released last week. So it should come as no surprise that he’s also thought of in college football’s elite group of top 50 players, which ESPN released this week.ESPN ranked him No. 43 out of 50, with a score of 7.5 (out of a perfect 10 — AKA Lamary Jackson.)Here’s what ESPN’s Mitch Sherman said about the conferences third leading receiver:Few receivers are more explosive. Just ask Pitt, against which Washington caught six passes for 228 yards — all in the first half. With 740 receiving yards on 37 catches this fall as a junior, he has etched a spot among the OSU pass-catching greats.After recording just 19 total yards last week against Kansas facing bracketed coverage on the road, he’ll almost certainly have to bounce back in a big way to remain among college football’s elite this week. He’ll face a big challenge with the conference’s No. 1 defense in West Virginia coming to town, who held the country’s highest scoring offense in Texas Tech to just 345 passing yards and 17 points just two weeks ago.last_img read more

WATCH: Mike Gundy Celebrates Upset Win over West Virginia with Fans

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With Oklahoma State’s big win over No. 10 West Virginia on homecoming Saturday came another milestone in Mike Gundy’s 100th win as the head coach. Being the people’s champ that he is, it only makes sense that he would celebrate with the fan base. And celebrate in style, he did (with a fireman’s helmet!).Mike Gundy celebrating his 100th career win with the #okstate students is just as great as you thought it would be #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/v4F1puTU0j— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016last_img read more

Notes On Mike Gundy’s Kansas State Press Conference

first_imgCoach talks about getting through a great Saturday, previews K-State, talks WRs, has a lot to say about Ramon, and wraps up with being a hobo as a kid!Opening Remarks• “I’d like to start today with thanking the students one more time for their involvement in our game, and our fans. I thought they were tremendous. In the latter part of the game, there were times when we needed that support, and I could hear it, as a coach, so I know our players could. To be there in the end means a lot to our team. We felt like we had a big-time home field advantage.”• “We’ve moved forward as a team. Our focus now has been Kansas State. Our message to them last night was, ‘When you have big wins or unfortunate losses, you have to get over them really fast and start preparing for the next team.”On Handling the Mountaineers• Mason was good, the defense was good – what did you like most? “I think our defense was well-deserved.” What? “I thought they played their best game in their plan.”• “I think Mason understood our philosophy going into the game. Yurcich did a really nice job with him. We didn’t want him to get out of ‘the box.’ A number of teams that play them – and I put us in that category over the last few years – tend to get out of our box and try to re-invent the wheel, and in the end, end up not being very successful at anything. He understood that and was willing to take what the defense was willing to give us.”• “Sometimes we try to force the ball and make everything happen too fast. In this league, a lot of times, it looks like basketball on grass. The quarterback play instigates that and they get over-aggressive at times in my opinion. But, I thought in this last game he handled himself very well.”Previewing the SnyderCats• “This game, like the rest of them on our schedule, we expect to be a close game right through the 4th quarter. That’s what we’re expecting and that’s what we’re preparing for.”• “We’re excited about the next game. Our football team is healthy. I feel like their attitude and their chemistry is top-notch.Ø You just had your win No. 100. Snyder’s two away from 200. What are your thoughts? “Well, it makes me think that I’ll probably never get 200 because I won’t coach as long as Coach Snyder. But, we have a lot of respect for Coach and for what they’ve accomplished at Kansas State.”• Has Tom Hays, K-State’s Defensive Coordinator, caught your attention? “He’s got a lot of attention from me. I’ve been watching him all year and nobody’s scored on them. If you look at their games…you look at the numbers and they’re just not giving up a lot of points. And, because they’re more of a base defense that would be very traditional, they don’t get as much of the attention as what maybe Tony’s (Gibson) getting with the 3-3 Stack. But they’ve been very successful in the world they live in.”• In their last game, they had 9 possessions and scored 31 points. How underestimated is their offense? “In this game you’re not going to have as many possessions on either side, just based on the number of times they snap the ball with two seconds or less. But, we don’t change who we are, we want to go play our game.”Let’s Talk WRs – McCleskey and The President• What have you seen out of McCleskey that accounts for his productivity this season? “He’s in the right spot in our schemes, if the other team is going to try and play heavy on James. But, he’s also a good football player. He has a gym-rat mentality and he plays fearless.”• “We wouldn’t be near as successful now, or maybe not even remotely close, if he wasn’t in our line-up at this time.”• How’s Washington handling the increased attention from defenses? “He’s OK – James is very unselfish. He works hard every day and he realizes what’s happening. He knows the importance of Mason distributing the ball. He never says a word.” Good family, goes to class…Special Teams• How much of your success is attributed to Coach (Steve) Houser (a G.A.)? “He’s the third graduate assistant we’ve hired and put in charge of special teams. The first two are full-time coaches now at this level. Houser will be very soon. The game’s important to him, he’s highly intelligent, he understands. Steve is one of those guys that we see in a few years on TV. He’ll be very successful because he’s loyal – loyalty is huge in our profession in all areas.”• “This will be a real challenge this week. Year in and year out Kansas State will be one of the top special teams units in the country. They do a great job with their schemes. Their players understand leverage, they understand coverage, they understand…and have multiple reps in their schemes. So hopefully we can keep that going this week. We’ve been pretty productive in our cover units and in our return game – where there were opportunities – we’ve been better than what we were in the past in our return game.”Offense• How closely are you watching Hill and his carries? “We’re trying to protect him some. With Chris coming back it’s helping. We have to watch him as he goes. There’s times in the games he may get banged up a little bit, but part of that is just the natural process of developing into a running back at this level. These guys take a lot of hits. But we also know that if he’s carrying the ball we feel like we’re a better offense.”• What do you do to deal with defenses changing against you? “It can create some issues. In the last few games we’re seeing teams go against percentages. We’re getting some looks in the back end that are unaccustomed, in our opinion, to what be the norm for the teams we’re playing.”• “We have to make adjustments. What it really means to me is that you’d better be good at your base. West Virginia made some adjustments at halftime that gave us some issues first couple series’ in the 3rd quarter and we had to adjust again a little bit.”• “Our ability to run the ball a little more effective this year has given us other options when last year it was just protect and keep chunkin’ it down the field, which I’ve never been comfortable with.”• You’ve had one turnover since the Baylor game (!!): “I think part of it’s Mason understanding the schemes…and he’s been willing to take what the defense is giving us and not trying to get too eager and take something that’s not there.”Defense• On his interception return Ramon turned back into a HS QB: “We’ve had a number of them. (HS QB turned defensive back…) It’d be hard for me to pinpoint, but Justin Gilbert…I’ll think of some of the other ones…in most cases, a high school quarterback, whether he’s a running quarterback or a traditional quarterback, is going to be one of the smarter players on the team and one of the most athletic players on the team that the coaches trust. So, in the recruiting process we’ve always had a lot of respect for young men playing that position in their high school, for those reasons.”• Coach with some high praise here…sorta… “Ramon is starting to kind of grow into a good college player now. For some reason, he’s got a knack for being in the right place at the right time. That’s a good thing – Shaun Lewis had that. He handled that situation (the INT return) the right way, he didn’t start lateraling. Our guys blocked well, stayed off the back, no unsportsman-likes away from the ball.”• Ramon always seems to be either making a great play…or getting burned: “He needs to develop into being a smarter football player in game situations. It’s not a secret, and he’s highly intelligent. He gets caught up in the moment at times and I think he’s learning to play through that.” This was cool: “There are some people that we cross during our lifetime that very seldom ever have a bad day. He’s one of those guys.”• What’s the key to only giving up 30 points this season in the 4th quarter? “I think our rotation and the depth that we have has helped us up to this point. This was the first time that we felt like we could play two defensive lines since I’ve been the head coach here. That’s been our goal from day one, it’s just taken us a long time to accomplish it. It goes back to the switch we made four years ago with the scholarship numbers.”• How good of a season is Vincent Taylor having? “He’s been really effective for us. He’s been very good on the run. His pass rush ability has improved considerably in the past 5-6 games. Some players have a natural ability to get to the quarterback when they’re within an arm’s length or so. He’s one of those guys that when he gets fairly close, he’s got a knack for being able to grab hold of something and get the quarterback and get him down.”• Is his success part of harnessing his athleticism and working in the scheme? “He made a number of plays last year based on them worrying and concerned so much about Emmanuel (Ogbah…obviously…). We felt like he was a good player, but because he wasn’t the center of attention, we weren’t sure. Joe Bob (Clements) has worked with him fundamentally and he has improved in that area.”And this…in closing…• Do you have a most memorable Halloween costume? Oh boy… “It’s interesting. As an adult I’ve never been a big Halloween party guy because it’s during the season. But, when I was a kid…you know one of those things that happen to you when you’re a kid you just never forget – one year, I think I was 9 or 8, I was going to be a mummy.My Mom was wrapping me up, and we couldn’t get it to stay on, so all the sudden she just took the scissors and started cutting all my clothes up. For a second there I was a little bit scared; then I realized she turned me into a hobo and sent me out the door. I’ve always remembered that, so I’m going with that as my all-time favorite!”The great thing about this – Jenni Carlson said Spencer’s favorite ever was a hobo, too! Great! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: Ramon Richards Leads Oklahoma State in Postgame Locker Room Chant

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After a 60 minute griiiiiind of a football game that Oklahoma State clinched as the clock hit zero, Oklahoma State players were fired up about their come-from-behind win. They celebrated in the locker room in a chant lead by the one and only, Ramon Richards:We take you live inside the #okstate locker room pic.twitter.com/eXtivPELpo— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 5, 2016After playing a hard-fought game in a raucous environment in Manhattan, it’s pretty cool to see the players cut loose and celebrate. Don’t ever change, Ramon.last_img read more

Mike Gundy’s Record Against Every Big 12 Team (Not Named OU) Is Great

first_imgWhen I was working through our three numbers to know post this morning and saw that Mike Gundy is looking to go 10-2 against Texas Tech, I started wondering about his record against all Big 12 teams.Thankfully we have the internet, and you can discover goodies like this one on sites like this one. So let’s roll through them. From best winning percentage to worst.Kansas: 8-1 (89%)Texas Tech: 9-2 (82%)Iowa State: 7-2 (78%)TCU: 3-1 (75%)Missouri: 3-1 (75%)Kansas State: 6-3 (67%)Colorado: 2-1 (67%)Nebraska: 2-1 (67%)West Virginia: 3-2 (60%)Baylor: 7-5 (58%)Texas A&M: 4-3 (57%)Texas: 5-7 (42%)OU: 2-9 (18%)This does not include the bowl game against Missouri from 2014.It’s pretty fascinating to look at, though. Look at how good Gundy has been against the top eight teams on that list. He’s largely owned them. This fits with the narrative I described earlier this week that had him winning almost all the games he was favored in.The Texas record has been flipping in recent years given that he started with five straight losses against them. The Baylor record has been flipping, too, but the other way. Gundy started with wins in six of his first seven years against the Bears.And then there’s OU. It really doesn’t fit with the rest of the list. OU hasn’t been that many standard deviations better than Texas and Texas A&M and Baylor.The reality there is that Oklahoma State’s record against OU under Gundy should be at least a game better (2013) if not two (2012 as well!), and a few other years came down to the last few plays (2010, 2006). But OSU didn’t win those games when it could have, and as a result Gundy has a nasty-looking outlier on an otherwise really outstanding resume. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer’s 3-3-5 Defense (Kind Of) Worked Against Tech

first_imgFacing the No. 1 passing QB in the nation is a tall task for any defense, much less one with a penchant for giving up big plays like Oklahoma State. Glenn Spencer had a plan, though. He rotated deep into his depth chart early and employed a little-used 3-3-5 defensive scheme. It’s the same formation West Virginia runs weekly. Guess who limited Texas Tech to 17 points in Lubbock? Yeah, West Virginia.So OSU rolled with three down linemen for most of the game (see below) and dared Texas Tech to run (which it did 44 times for just 3.6 yards per carry). This worked splendidly early on — Tech ran nine plays on its first three drives and punted three times. It was startling to watch. But Tech started doing what Tech does and solved the scheme late. It closed by scoring on seven of its final 10 drives (including six TDs).screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-7-25-04-amStill, OSU held the Red Raiders to just 5.4 yards per play which is what the best defenses have done against them this season. The problem is that the Cowboys didn’t convert any of the next six Tech TDs into field goals. That would have made the 3.38 points per drive OSU allowed to Tech on Sunday look a lot better.Still, Tech had to work for it. Its shortest scoring drive was six plays. Most were tough, elongated drives that ended in scores. That matters because turnovers become more feasible and you get worn down mentally on offense if your roster isn’t deep enough.screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-7-30-51-am“The risk of making a wholesale swap is whether you can make your adjustments,” Gundy said after the game of the 3-3-5 defense. “When it was taking place, I was a little uncertain. But I’m not a defensive guy, I don’t micromanage and I let people do their jobs. They felt like that was what is best, so I said ‘If that’s what you guys want and you’re comfortable with that, we’ll do it.’ I thought they were pretty dang good at it.“There were times that we needed to make adjustments that were more difficult to make based on not knowing the in’s and out’s of the system, but I thought it was a good move…To me, it worked and I thought it was a good move. It was risky, but when you play a quarterback that is as good as (Mahomes) is, you’re going to have to take some risks. It worked out well for us.”One of the three drives Tech didn’t score after it stalled on its first three of the game was on was the fumble OSU nabbed in the fourth quarter. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. None of this would be possible without elite defensive linemen like OSU has (still can’t believe that’s a sentence I’m typing). But I think Gundy is probably right here. It seemed like a calculated risk not too outrageous for the moment. Although I’m not sure they were “pretty dang good” at it.“We have sprinkled that scheme in, we just don’t do it on normal down defense,” added Glenn Spencer. “We have to play some three down and enter the fourth guy. You either bring four or you drop eight. It got us a few series I think and then it was players making great players. The kids practiced well. It wasn’t totally new, it was just a lot more of that.”Mahomes got his — he always does, and this OSU defense is not elite by any stretch of the imagination. But it did get stops early and the now-flowing Oklahoma State offense (3.75 points per drive) took advantage. Spencer said it earlier in the year. It’s not one or the other. It’s how the defense sets up the offense. Or vice versa.His crew let OSU race to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter. It proved to be enough in the end.Barely.last_img read more