Men shrug off losses, prepare for No. 3 OSU

first_imgMen shrug off losses, prepare for No. 3 OSUThe women’s team will attempt to end a three-match losing streak against two lower-ranked opponents. Charlie ArmitzApril 5, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt’s not often that a team simply shrugs off two important road losses.But the No. 47 Gophers men’s tennis team, after losing at Northwestern and Illinois last weekend, is attempting to do just that in preparation for this weekend’s home matches against Penn State and Ohio State.Head coach Geoff Young said he thinks the team is playing well and with confidence despite the losses, which ended a seven-match winning streak. Minnesota is 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.The road doesn’t get any easier: Ohio State is ranked third in the nation and has won its last 84 Big Ten matches.“They’re as good as any other team in the country,” Young said. “If you go off results, they’re a notch above most of our other opponents.”The Buckeyes (23-2, 4-0 Big Ten) have won 25 of their last 27 individual matches since losing at then-No. 4 Georgia on March 21.They have won 25 individual matches in a row against the Gophers, including 11 wins last season.Minnesota plays the unranked Nittany Lions on Friday and the Buckeyes on Sunday. But Young said the outcome of Friday’s match, which heavily favors the Gophers, shouldn’t affect the team’s much-anticipated duel with Ohio State.“If we have to rely on beating other teams in order to be confident, then we have bigger problems,” Young said. “Penn State has good players too. We’re going to go out there and … stick to the identity of our own games and see what happens.”While the Gophers have relied on their depth for most of the season, they have competed better at the top of the singles lineup in recent matches.In Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Illinois, No. 80 Leandro Toledo upset the Illini’s No. 31 Roy Kalmanovich, winning the third set 6-0.A week earlier, the Gophers’ top singles player Rok Bonin nearly took down No. 10 Evan King of Michigan, falling in a third-set tiebreaker.Ohio State has singles players ranked at Nos. 5, 12, 54, 69 and 110 in the nation. It also has the nation’s top doubles team in Blaz Rola and Chase Buchanan.Rola, the Buckeyes’ No. 1 singles player, also posts a No. 716 ranking on the men’s professional circuit. Second-singles player Buchanan, who competed at the 2009 U.S. Open, is ranked No. 864. Young said his players have been able to compete with the nation’s best by maintaining a high level of aggressiveness. To upset the Buckeyes, they’ll need that and a whole lot more.Women seek mental toughness at PSU, OSUMental toughness is a critical element in tennis. For the No. 33 Gophers women’s tennis team, it’s been lacking amid a three-match losing streak.Each of Minnesota’s three losses came against top-25 opponents. This weekend, it gets a slight break as it travels to face No. 47 Penn State on Friday and unranked Ohio State on Sunday.For the Gophers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) to snap the streak, head coach Tyler Thomson said they will need to refocus and hold itself to a higher standard.“At this point in the season, tennis and the way that we’re hitting the ball becomes kind of secondary,” Thomson said. “It’s more about the mindset, taking the initiative, being proactive.”Thomson said he wasn’t happy with the team’s mindset during last Sunday’s 6-1 loss to then-No. 21 Illinois.“Our feet were like they were in quicksand,” Thomson said. “We were spectators more than we were participants. There has to be an urgency to act, and in Sunday’s match, there wasn’t.”As a team, the Gophers regressed Sunday from their 5-2 loss to Northwestern last Friday, which was closely contested until the last point. Alexa Palen, who has lost three straight singles matches after starting the season 12-0, said fatigue may be a factor in the team’s struggles.“Maybe in the middle of the season people are a little bit tired, but I think we have to get back to that mentality of just wanting it,” Palen said. “We all have it, but we just need to make sure we bring it out every single match.”The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes have combined to win just two of their last eight matches.Ohio State’s win against unranked Iowa last Sunday ended a seven-match losing streak. The Buckeyes are 6-12 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten.The Gophers haven’t lost to a ranked team all year, and they are 12-0 against teams outside the top-30.last_img read more

Oman reports MERS case as WHO details 4 in Saudi Arabia

first_imgOman’s health ministry today reported a MERS-CoV case, the country’s seventh, according to a report from the Times of Oman, while the World Health Organization (WHO) details four recent cases in Saudi Arabia.Few details were available about the Omani case, other than that the patient has pneumonia and a high fever and is hospitalized in stable condition.A translation of a health ministry announcement posted today by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog, said the patient is a man in his forties. The most recent previous case in Oman was confirmed in late May, while another was reported in January.WHO details Saudi casesIn other Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) developments, the WHO released details about four earlier announced cases from Saudi Arabia, including possible exposures. The cases—two of which proved fatal—were originally reported by the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) between Nov 29 and Dec 17.The exposures reflect a pattern seen in other Saudi cases, with one having exposure to camels, one a healthcare worker who was exposed in the medical setting, and two involving unknown sources of infection.The patient who had been exposed to camels is a 48-year-old man from Najran who got sick on Dec 10, was hospitalized on Dec 15, and died Dec 18. He had frequent contact with the animals and drank raw camel milk.Two of the patients were from Buraidah, including a 35-year-old woman with underlying conditions who got sick on Nov 22, was hospitalized on Nov 27, and died on Dec 5.  No details were noted on the source of her illness.The other was a 41-year-old foreign woman who started having symptoms on Dec 13 after she had contact with the younger woman. A Dec 16 statement from Saudi health officials said she was a healthcare worker. She is hospitalized in stable condition.The fourth patient is a 21-year-old woman from Riyadh who got sick on Nov 25 and was hospitalized on Nov 30. She remains hospitalized in critical condition, and an investigation into the source of her infection is still under way.Since the MOH reported these cases to the WHO, it has confirmed two more cases, one in Jeddah and one in Unizah, both involving primary exposure.The WHO said that since MERS-CoV first emerged in September 2012, it has been notified of 1,625 cases, at least of 586 of them fatal.See also:Jan 4 Times of Oman storyJan 4 Avian Flu Diary postJan 4 WHO statementlast_img read more

Brazilian reserve sent Ludogorets behind the board of the Champions League

first_imgLudogorets dropped out of the Champions League in the second hurdle after losing 0-1 to Midtjylland in Razgrad.The Danish champion continues in the third qualification with a dream for the group stage of the tournament of champions, and the Bulgarian goes to the Europa League. He will be waiting for his fate in the draw for the second tournament, as happened at the same stage last season.Then Ferencvaros sent Ludogorets to the Europa League, and the Bulgarian team reached the group stage there.Brazilian reserve Junior Brumado brought success to the guests from Midtjylland, who were better throughout the match, except for 20 minutes in the middle of the second half.last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: How To Build Cultures of Curiosity

first_imgOn April 17 @shrmnextchat chatted with @DrDianeHamilton, #SHRM19 speaker, nationally syndicated radio host, leadership speaker and author of “Cracking the Curiosity Code,” and Creator of Curiosity Code Index to talk about How to Create Cultures of Curiosity. If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great advice for organizations to encourage more curiosity and innovation, you can read all the tweets HERE or below:last_img

Google Gets Mini-Sitelinks

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… phil glockner A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Googleannounced a new, smaller version of their sitelinks search feature on their official Webmaster Blog today. The new mini-sitelinks will appear on more than just the top search result, and will occupy a maximum of one line and four links per result. Sitelinks were originally added by Google to help people jump to more specific portions of large web domains like Amazon or Additionally, the original version of sitelinks ws only generated for the top-most result of a search query; the new one-liners can appear on other results on the first page. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Sitelinks can be seen as a slow encroachment of Google into a function that is traditionally part of the experience of visiting a site. Depending on how a site is structured, a business might not appreciate customers being pushed directly to a page below the front page. It could be seen as taking away from the customer’s average time on site (a commonly measured site statistic) as well as potentially confusing if a company’s offerings are complex and require some explanation. To this end, Google has made available settings in its suite of Google Webmaster Tools that allow domain holders, once registered, to block specific sitelinks from being listed in Google search results. It does appear that the block is only temporary (90 days) and for specific pages – which means webmasters are going to have a headache dealing with it if they have a lot of potential sitelink pages to block. In any case, Google has written about how to block sitelinks here. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#web Related Posts last_img read more

Introducing A Better Alternative To Spreadsheets

first_img With Float, you can set milestones for your project. (Large preview)Drill down into a user or a team and review their schedule. When you see that someone is overscheduled (red will tell you that), you can move other team members to that activity and regroup them. Introducing A Better Alternative To Spreadsheets Introducing A Better Alternative To Spreadsheets Nick Babich 2018-12-11T12:50:00+01:00 2018-12-12T09:19:36+00:00(This is a sponsored post.) In today’s highly competitive market, it’s vital to move fast. After all, we all know how the famous saying goes: “Time is money.” The faster your product team moves when creating a product, the higher the chance it’ll succeed in the market. If you are a project manager, you need a tool that helps you get the most out of each of your team member’s time.Though creative teams typically work on new and innovative products, many still use legacy tools to manage their work. Spreadsheets are one of the most common tools in the project manager’s toolbox. While this might be adequate for a team of two or three members, as a team grows, managing the team’s time becomes a demanding job.Whenever project managers try to manage their team using spreadsheets alone, they usually face the following problems:1. Lack Of GlanceabilityUnderstanding what’s really happening on a project takes a lot of work. It’s hard to visually grasp who’s busy and who’s not. As a result, some team members might end up overloaded, while others will have too little to do. You also won’t get a clear breakdown of how much time is being devoted to particular work and particular clients, which is crucial not just for billing purposes but also to inform your agency’s future decisions, like who to hire next.2. Hard To Report To StakeholdersWith spreadsheets as the home of project management, translating data about people and time into tangible insights is a challenge. Data visualization is also virtually impossible with the limited range of chart-building functions that spreadsheet tools provide. As a result, reporting with spreadsheets becomes a time-consuming task. The more people and activities a project has, the more of a project manager’s time will be consumed by reporting.3. Spreadsheets Manage Tasks, Not PeopleManaging projects with individual spreadsheets is a disaster waiting to happen. Though a single spreadsheet may give a clear breakdown of a single project, it has no way of indicating overload and underload for particular team members across all projects.4. Lack Of High-Level Overview Of A ProjectIt’s well known in the industry that many designers suffer from tunnel vision: Without the big picture of a project in mind, their focus turns to solving ongoing tasks. But the problem of tunnel vision isn’t limited to designers; it also exists in project management.When a project manager uses a tool like a spreadsheet, it is usually hard (or even impossible) to create a high-level overview of a project. Even when the project manager invests a lot of time in creating this overview, the picture becomes outdated as soon as the company’s direction shifts.5. The Risk Of Outdated InformationProduct development moves quickly, making it a struggle for project managers to continually monitor and introduce all required changes into the spreadsheet. Not only is this time-consuming, but it’s also not much fun — and, as a result, often doesn’t get done.How Technology Makes Our Life Better: Introducing FloatThe purpose of technology has always been to reduce mechanical work in order to focus on innovation. In a creative or product agency, the ultimate goal is to automate as much of the product design and human management process as possible, so that the team can focus on the deep work of creativity and execution.With this in mind, let’s explore Float, a resource management app for creative agencies. Float makes it easier to understand who’s working on what, becoming a single source of truth for your entire team.Helping Product Managers Overcome The Challenges Of Time And People ManagementFloat facilitates team collaboration and makes work more effective. Here’s how:1. Visual Team Planner: See Team And Tasks At A GlanceFloat allows you to plan tasks visually using the “Schedule” tab. In this view, you can allocate and update project assignments. A drag-and-drop interface makes scheduling your team simple.Here’s an example of the Schedule View: The schedule is not only a bird’s-eye view of who’s working on what and when, but also a dynamic canvas. Click on any empty space to create a task. Each task can be easily modified, extended or split. (Large preview)But that’s not all. You can do more:Prioritize tasksYou can do this by simply moving them on top of others.Duplicate tasksSimply press “Shift” and drag a selected task to a new location. Zoom in for a detailed day view, or zoom out to view a monthly forecast. (Large preview)5. Reducing The Risk Of Outdated InformationYou don’t need to switch between multiple tools to find out everything you need to know. This means your information will be up to date (it’s much easier to manage your project using a single tool, rather than many).Float can be easily connected to all the services you use. HomeWeb DesignIntroducing A Better Alternative To Spreadsheets Float helps you keep track of all of a project’s hours. (Large preview)It’s relatively easy to customize the format of the report. You can:Choose the roles of team members (employees, contractors, all) in “People”;Choose the type of tasks (tentative, confirmed, completed) in “Task”.It’s vital to mention that Float allows you to define different roles for team members. For example, if someone works part-time, you can define this in the “Profile” settings and specify that their work is part-time only. This feature also comes handy when you need to calculate a budget.(Large preview)You can email team members their individual hours for the week.3. Search And Filter: All The Information You Need, At Your FingertipsAll of your team’s information sits in one place. You don’t need to use different spreadsheets for different projects; to add a new project, simply click on “Projects” and add a new object.You can also use the filtering tools to highlight specific projects. A simple way to see relevant tasks at a glance is to filter by tags, leaving only particular types of projects (for example, projects that have contractors). Introducing A Better Alternative To SpreadsheetsYou are here: “Schedule”, “People” and “Projects Tools” work together to create context. (Large preview)ConclusionIf your team’s project management leaves a lot to be desired, Float is a no-brainer. Float makes it easy to see everything you need to know about your team’s projects in a single place, giving project managers the information and functionality they need to handle the fast-paced world of digital design and development. Get started with Float today! (ms, ra, al, il)From our sponsors: Introducing A Better Alternative To Spreadsheets Float helps you keep track of all of a project’s hours. (Large preview)You can view by day, week or month, making it easy to zoom out and see a big picture of your project. (Large preview)Extend a taskIf someone on your team needs extra time to finish a task, you can extend the time in one click using the visual interface.Split a taskWhen it becomes evident that someone on your team needs help with a task, it’s easy to split the task into parts and assign each part to another member.2. Built-In Reporting And StatisticsFloat’s built-in reporting and statistics feature (“utilization” reports) can save project managers hours of manual work at the end of the week, month or quarter. Posted on 12th December 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share (Large preview)4. Getting A High-Level Overview Of All Your ProjectsWith Float, you’ll always have a record of what happened and when.– Set milestones in a project’s settings, and keep an eye on upcoming milestones in your Activity Feed. 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Bangladesh draw pushes India to 4th spot in ICC Test rankings

first_imgIndia have dropped two points and one place to be at fourth position in the ICC Test team rankings after the drawn match against Bangladesh in Fatullah on Sunday.The Virat Kohli-led side went into the one-off Test against Bangladesh level with New Zealand on 99 points, but the match was marred by heavy rains and it did not let India have enough time to go for the victory despite forcing a follow-on on the hosts.With the match ending in a draw, India have fallen to fourth spot with 97 points.It is now a three-way tie for fourth spot with India, England and Pakistan on 97 points apiece.However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, India are 97.47, England 97.33 and Pakistan 96.75.Sri Lanka are one point behind the trio in seventh position and there will be some reshuffle in the tightly-packed middle of the Test table when it goes head to head with Pakistan in a three-Test series, which starts on June 17.Meanwhile, ninth-placed Bangladesh, as a consequence of the draw in Fatullah, have gained two points and moved to 41 points.last_img read more

Joe Wickline Discusses His Return To Stillwater: ‘Mixed Emotions’

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. Joe Wickline is coming to Stillwater this weekend for just the second time since he left OSU for Texas in 2014. This time he returns as West Virgina’s offensive line coach. He talked about his time in Stillwater earlier this week and what it will be like to return.“It’s kind of a mixed emotion thing,” said Wickline. “My family has a house there; my wife and daughter, and they grew up there. Oklahoma State is a great state. They have a bunch of great people. Again, it’s one of my top places. It’s a great place, the administration has done a nice job, and coach Gundy and Holder have done a great job. It all started back then when they kind of took reign, and since then from the overall aspect of the facilities, I’m impressed.”Bill Haisten wrote about the complicated relationship between Wickline, Gundy and Dana Holgorsen earlier this week for the Tulsa World. There a number of ways to look at it, but Wickline’s departure leading to the (sort of) downfall of the offense is one of them.In 33 games since Wickline left Stillwater, the Cowboy offensive line has given up 95 sacks. In 91 games before he moved, the Cowboy offensive line gave up 86 sacks.“[Boone Pickens Stadium is] a classic place to play,” said Wickline. “Boone Pickens Stadium and Stillwater, it’s one of the all-time classics. The fans are great, the people there are livid about their program, much like West Virginia.“It’s very similar, to our guys and their guys, and the ride with the brand. But it’s another game, we’re all professionals, its business and we take care of the student-athletes. We take care of what’s at hand, where we’re at and we kind of dismiss that and move on to the next thing.”He went on to talk about how it was sort of difficult at first to adapt to Dana being his boss in Morgantown (in the video below). Wickline seems like, uh, a tough guy to work with but someone who is worth working with because of the results he gets.Tyron Carrierlast_img read more

Can The Oklahoma State Defense Force Kansas State To Pass?

first_imgOur guy @BradF79 on Twitter looked at some advanced metrics yesterday to see how this weekend is going to turn out, and he is finishing that off today.Points Per Drive / Possession SuccessLike the drive numbers from yesterday, these numbers are non-adjusted. PPD has been discussed often on this blog but there’s a few different varieties here. Points per value drive are calculated on possessions that begin on the offense’s own side of midfield and reach at least the opponent’s 30-yard line.  Points per long drive are calculated on possessions that begin inside the offense’s own 20-yard line. Points per remaining drive are calculated on possessions that begin within 80 yards of the end zone.In addition to the PPD numbers is a fairly new metric called possession success rate (PSR). Scores (touchdowns and field goals) are recorded as possession wins for the team with the ball and possession losses for the opponent. All other results are recorded as possession losses for the team with the ball and as possession wins for the opponent.  Momentum possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow another possession win (i.e. offensive score following a defensive stop, or vice versa). Reset possession wins are defined as possession wins that immediately follow a possession loss (i.e. defensive stop following a failed offensive possession, or offensive score following a failed defensive possession).screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-26-pmOSU is doing fairly well on PPD.  Their 2.68 PPD number is 25th in FBS. KSU’s defensive PPD number of 2.16 is 64th. The OSU offensive PSR value of nearly 46% is 22nd in the country. KSU’s defense points per long drive is not good but their other numbers are all fairly average.KSU has pretty similar numbers to OSU in PPD.  One advantage here is their ability on offense to score following a possession loss (reset possession success rate). 50% of the time they score after a possession loss.  That’s 14th in FBS and a really good number. OSU defense needs to do a better job at forcing FGs or getting turnovers once an opponent reaches their 30. That points per value drive number is 84th in the country.Offensive/Defensive Footprintsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-34-pm screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-31-pmOSU is not running the ball much (at least compared to other FBS teams). 52% of standard downs, 30% on passing downs. Their pace is just above average and they’ve shown the ability (or want) to go both methodically and fast (turbo as they call it). They, like KSU, are doing a good job at creating one-on-one situations with 83% solo tackle rate.KSU runs. That’s what they do. 68% of the time on standard downs they run the ball. The statistic to pay attention to here though is their run rate on passing downs. Only 29% of the time do they run on passing downs, that’s less than OSU. Their pace is slow, very slow (110th out of 128).We all know what the OSU DL brings to the table. 8% havoc rate is 9th in the country. The overall havoc rate of 18.2% is 26th. The secondary needs to do a better job of generating havoc despite their 11th ranking is pass deflections/interceptions to incompletion rate.If there’s another team in the Big 12 with as good of DL at generating havoc as OSU, it’s KSU. 7.2% havoc rate. However the KSU DL doesn’t get as much help from their LBs or DBs.  Opponent-Adjusted Successscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-39-pmWe are finally looking at some opponent-adjusted play-by-play data. Much of what we see here (with some exceptions) is not too different from the unadjusted data. OSU’s offense will be challenged the most in the run game, where they struggle anyway. Their biggest opportunities for success will be on passing downs, throwing the ball.The KSU offense still has really good success rates when you adjust for their opponents, they are running the ball very well, but struggling a lot when passing and on passing downs. OSU’s defense will have to get KSU into passing downs in order to let their advantage there have some affect on the outcome of the game. That means limiting yards gained on standard downs and stopping the KSU rushing attack.Opponent-Adjusted Situationalscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-43-pmI pointed this out last week and it’s still true this week.  OSU offense on 3rd down is incredible (4th in FBS).  Surprisingly, 2nd down seems to be their biggest weakness and I’m beginning to get concerned about their lack of ability to do much in the 3rd quarter after the opposing defense makes halftime adjustments.  The KSU defense seems to get worse as the game goes on which matches up well with OSU’s ability to wear teams out with their width of the field, sideline to sideline screen game (that many of us hate to watch).  KSU defense has to find a way to get stops on 3rd down if they want to win.The KSU offense is really only good in the first quarter (or has been historically). They also struggle mightily on 3rd down. I’d really like to see the OSU defense get better defensively in the 1st and 2nd quarter instead of saving it for the 2nd half. The team is clearly bolstered by good defense in the 4th quarter (which Gundy attributes to the DL rotations) and 3rd down defense.Special Teamsscreen-shot-2016-11-04-at-1-20-48-pmKSU’s return teams will provide the biggest challenge for OSU so far this season.  Ammendola and Sinor must continue to do what they do best.  KSU’s FG kicking has been just average, something else to watch for in a close game.ConclusionUnfortunately, there isn’t a crystal ball that tells us how teams will play on Saturday.  All we have is how they’ve played in the past.  Past performance is not indicative of future performance either.  KSU is a 3 point favorite for a reason.  Most notably because the do not turn the ball over and the OSU defense has been the game changer recently coming up with turnovers that have given OSU the ball in enemy territory.  How will OSU do without those gifts?  I try not to put too much stock in the history of this series, but the home team has had a clear advantage (except for 2010) for some years.  Whether this trend continues on Saturday I believe comes down to a few things:Can OSU limit success for KSU on early downs and force them into passing downs?Can the OSU run game get anything going against a stout KSU defense?Can Rudolph hit the intermediate routes accurately (and can the receivers make clean catches)?Can OSU limit the ability of the KSU return teams to affect the game?Turnovers.Thanks for reading.  Please let me know what you think and any suggestions for the next episode. 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

Oklahoma State Probably Headed For Alamo or Sugar Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State and Oklahoma are out of the CFB Playoff. That much we know. What we don’t know is where each will head in their postseason bowl game. The winner will go to the Sugar. The loser will go to the Alamo. Here are the teams each outlet has Bedlam foes playing.ESPNAlamo vs. ColoradoSugar vs. AuburnCBS SportsRussell Athletic vs. Virginia TechFox SportsAlamo vs. USCSports IllustratedRussell Athletic vs. Virginia TechWhat I ThinkAlamo vs. USCWhat I HopeSugar vs. AuburnI continue to fail to see how OSU is going to fall to the Russell Athletic Bowl. Even if West Virginia loses to Baylor this weekend so that each team ended up with two losses, OSU would finish in second place in the Big 12 based on the head-to-head matchup. West Virginia would be 10-2 overall while OSU would be 9-3.*That doesn’t even matter, though, because the bowls get to choose which teams they want.Once the CFP has filled its bowl slots, Big 12 bowl partners will make selections from the remaining bowl eligible teams. Following is the order of selection. A bowl may pick from any available teams when it reaches its spot in the selection order.So you’re telling me the Alamo Bowl is going to pick West Virginia (which has to travel 42,000 miles) over Oklahoma State which always travels well to San Antonio and hasn’t played there since 2010? I’m going to say no.I badly want the Sugar Bowl. Mostly because it means we’re Big 12 champs and going there for the second straight (!) year. Also because Auburn would be fun. Also because USC would not be fun.A note on the bowls: Want to know how absurd the entire postseason system is? The entire postseason schedule could be held up for a week because of the Army-Navy game. We’re supposed to know on Sunday where each team is going, but …“I don’t want to be un-American,” one bowl official said, “but nearly everyone in the bowl industry, quite frankly, is rooting against Navy.”That official technically isn’t rooting against Navy, just what happens if Navy wins. That’s because if Navy wins the American and is in contention for the Group of 5 bid in a New Year’s Six bowl, the College Football Playoff selection committee could delay announcing the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion team until Dec. 10 when Navy plays Army, six days after its final rankings are revealed.The domino effect on other bowls could “paralyze” the system, a source said. [ESPN]Hashtag metaphors. 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