Oklahoma State Remains at No. 10 in College Football Playoff Rankings

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 spectacle that is the college football playoff held their penultimate show on Tuesday evening. Oklahoma State went into the week at No. 10 from last week’s release, and again remained in the 10th spot this week in the latest rankings.The Cowboys are 11th in both the AP and Coaches poll this week, but the playoff committee’s rankings are the rankings that ultimately decide their future — and a chance at a potential playoff spot. Although a lot would have to happen.Colorado has passed Oklahoma for No. 8. OU No. 9, Oklahoma State No. 10.RIP, Big 12.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 30, 2016Here’s the full top 25:Fifth Rankings: The #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Top 25 for games played through November 26. pic.twitter.com/tSlBNBS48K— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 30, 2016last_img read more

Oklahoma State Sporting Jordan Brand Bowl Gear

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. It looks like the Cowboys will be sporting some Jordan Brand threads this bowl season.Here’s a look.Who said only Michigan can wear Jordan brand? #gotheem pic.twitter.com/OxNr8XYc3M— Rex and The Chief (@RexandTheChief) December 14, 2016Of course, the first thing that sticks out is the iconic Jumpman logo.Here’s another look featuring the Cowboy’s new marshal badge logo.I recruited L-dog with the sorting of bowl gear. There’s a sucker born everyday!!!! pic.twitter.com/Nby4svOzcz— Rex and The Chief (@RexandTheChief) December 14, 2016His Airness’ line is a division of Nike, who outfits the Cowboys’ uniforms and gear. This season Jordan Brand debuted their first college football uniform kit with the University of Michigan.Will the grey and badge combo provide us a clue as to what the Cowboys’ Alamo Bowl duds will look like? We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

Bob Huggins Collapses On Court During Texas Game Because of Defibrillator

first_imgWest Virginia coach Bob Huggins collapsed because of his defibrillator and continued to coach. #WVU pic.twitter.com/6LtbynuhJ8— Fred Sox (@greatmonkeysuit) February 21, 2017ESPN noted that he said he is fine but got smoked by his defibrillator (his defibrillator!)Huggins appeared to be clutching his chest and was looked at by medical professionals shortly before halftime of the 12th-ranked Mountaineers’ game against Texas. The veteran coach told ESPN’s Holly Rowe at halftime that his “defibrillator went off.” Huggins added that he is fine, but it felt like someone slammed him in the back. [ESPN]Terrifying stuff, obviously, but it looks like Huggy will be all right. Also, it prompted Doug Gottlieb to tell a great story about him.Favorite Bob Huggins story was a friend played for him at Cinci-skipped class, Huggins ran him in rain “you’re too dumb to skip class” lol— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 21, 2017 Huggins is one of my all time favorites – very comfortable w/ who he is, flaws and all -coaches son, tougher than hell,players love/hate him— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) February 21, 2017 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.center_img The first time Bob Huggins went down in a Big 12 game this season, it was downright hilarious. Huggy Bear went to the wooden floor in Morgantown against Oklahoma State earlier in the season in a series of about 28 elongated steps.DOWN GOES HUGGY! pic.twitter.com/TMEDM61vys— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 4, 2017On Monday when Huggy went to the floor, it was a lot scarier.last_img read more

What Mike Gundy Is Looking For With His Backup QB Competition

first_imgOn Monday, Mike Gundy held his first press conference of the year as his team opened spring camp. The topics spanned from Central Michigan to pulling out his wallet to make wagers about Dana Holgorsen (which … who hasn’t?)One of his more telling comments gave us some insight into what he has planned for the Cowboy offense and how he sees the backup quarterback competition shaking out.“We would like to come up with a package like we had with J.W. (Walsh) for one of them,” said Gundy. “I would like to do that forever if we had the option, but we didn’t have that person last year.”The need for a more effective option in the red zone is real. Last season, the Cowboys averaged 4.52 points per red-zone attempt — third-worst over the last nine years — and down from 4.75 in 2015 (when they had J.W. Walsh). Whether that is personnel or execution, it’s hard to argue with the numbers.And it appears Gundy already has his eye set on a couple of candidates.“I think we have a couple of guys that meet that criteria and that could be successful in that style of play,” Gundy said. “What that will do is give them some added reps in practice and games and potentially help us solidify who will be the No. 2 guy. (Keondre) Wudtee obviously has had a great offseason and (John) Kolar has had a great offseason.”Kolar is a mobile option with the ball in his hands and has packed on some muscle since arriving in Stillwater two years ago.“John is a lot different than what people think,” said Gundy. “He came in at about 130 pounds, jokingly. He looked like he was about 130 pounds, but his body has developed and he looks like he may be able to fit that role.”“We’re looking to establish a backup quarterback and maybe somebody that can be a short-yardage guy for us.”Presumably Wudtee or Kolar would fill the short-yardage role. If the two roles are different, I think that means we can semi-confidently pencil in Taylor Cornelius as the true No. 2 to back up Mason Rudolph, at least pending some developments this spring. I don’t think there’s any doubt Mike Gundy wants to keep Jelani Woods’ redshirt intact, given the opportunity.Just because Wudtee is a candidate for the J.W. role, doesn’t mean he can’t spin it which could be an intriguing twist on the red-zone QB thing.R-Fr. QB Keondre Wudtee’s release looking much more refined in year two with the program. pic.twitter.com/5XFNyQpMRL— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 2017He’s a big man.Gundy was asked about his true freshman QB and where he expects him to be physically — after a presumed redshirt year.“Maybe 270 pounds or so”, said Gundy. “He’s at 253 right now. He’s a big man.”He is big, especially for a quarterback. The tallest NFL quarterback in history was Dan McGwire at 6-foot-8 and he was 240 pounds when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1991. Woods is 6’7 and already at 253 according to his head coach.Gundy lauded Woods for making it through the offseason running program held by Rob Glass, even admitting he would have quit had he been put through such strenuous training.Woods may be the quarterback of the future at OSU, but this spring is all about getting reps for all of the QBs on the roster.“There is never enough reps to go around for the quarterback position though,” Gundy said “because unlike those other positions there’s only one guy out there.”The good news for Gundy is that the talent at the most important position on the field may be as deep as he’s ever had at OSU. Let’s just hope they all stick around.“What’s encouraging about Wudtee, Kolar and even on a short note with Jelani (Woods) is that they’re extremely competitive,” said Gundy.Even when it comes to being more vocal.Cool teaching moment for Jelani Woods. Gotta teach the youngsters to speak up (turn up volume). pic.twitter.com/E6hNFX7WY5— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) March 6, 2017 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

Cal Graduate Transfer Offensive Lineman Cuts List to 3

first_imgUniversity of Cal-Berkley graduate transfer Aaron Cochran has cut his list to three schools and is down to Oklahoma State, Auburn and Texas Tech according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. The 6-foot-8 350 pound offensive tackle would have had his third offensive line coach in four years at Cal if he would have stayed, and now he will seek a school to play his final year of eligibility.Cochran played in 28 games and started 16 over the last three years for Cal. In 2016, he played in 11 games with a career-high 10 starts at left tackle. Cochran is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree from Cal in interdisciplinary studies in May.Marcus Arroyo, OSU’s now former ace recruiter, was part of the Cal staff that recruited him and his brother to the school. That was the connection that landed OSU an inside track with him. And while Arroyo is coaching at Oregon, Cochran is clearly still interested in the Cowboys. There is no public timetable for his decision, but expect it to come before the summer so he can enroll and prepare for the upcoming season. 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

Despite Baseball Run, Majority Still Consider Gundy Favorite OSU Coach

first_imgMaybe it was silly for me to think this was going to be closer than it ended up being, but I would not have thought Mike Gundy would have run away with this poll question like he did. Gundy received 67 percent of the vote to 25 percent for Josh Holliday and 8 percent combined for Mike Boynton and John Smith in favorite coach on campus right now in Stillwater.This is a tough one — Gundy is clearly feeling himself right now with the mullet and the 2017 squad he’s put together. It feels weird to not vote for him even though it sometimes seems like Boynton or Holliday would be easier to get along with in real life. I guess I’d go Gundy as well, but I’m doing it under protest and without 100 percent conviction.Who is your favorite #okstate coach right now?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 30, 2017Your comments and thoughts are below.Tyler: Here’s to hoping Gundy wins the national title and cries like Holiday and uses his mullet to wipe away the tearsB: Holiday by far. Loyal, passionate, not afraid to play anyone and transparent with media/fans. Oh, and he recruits well!Stepdaddy: Smith and Holiday are studs. Both are truly from the cowboy mold. They don’t make excuses about not having facilities, they don’t whine to the media about Mike Holder being a meanie, in the case of Holiday he manages the games extremely well. They both recruit well. They simply get it done!Forever 14: Where are the buttons for the women’s tennis and softball coaches? I think they have both done amazing jobs. As for the listed men’s coaches, I really like all of them for different reasons. Holliday did an amazing job with his team at the tournament. Gundy because I love watching his press conferences and for how far he’s brought the team. Boynton because how can you not love him at this point (long run TBD), and John Smith because he’s FREAKING JOHN SMITH!!Mark: Boynton is a wait-and-see, but gosh, other than that, you gotta be proud looking at a list like this.JG: The fact that the coach with multiple national championships is near the bottom in the poll is astounding. 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

Surge in Safety Commitments Working for Pokes (Part 1)

first_imgBest comparison: Markelle MartinMalcolm Rodriguez: 3-Star, .8233 RatingThis dude is a winner.Rodriguez played football, baseball and wrestled at Wagoner. As a quarterback and safety, he won three straight state titles, including back-to-back undefeated seasons to finish his career. He also added a state championship wrestling title.“Obviously, you can’t turn down a kid that has won a bunch a state titles in multiple sports,” Hammerschmidt said. “He’s exciting, he’s impressive and he’s a great kid. He looks you in the eyes. I won’t be surprised if he’s governor someday.”The problem where to imagine him on the field at Boone Pickens Stadium. The winning and character is great, but at 6-foot, 200 pounds who knows where he’ll end up. He’s listed as a safety coming in, but he seems like he’ll be one of those guys Gundy grooms on special teams before graduation to the big leagues.Best comparison: Jerel MorrowTrey Sterling: 3-Star, .8411 RatingSterling looks like the kind of player who could easily add 30 pounds of muscle and drop into the box. He also looks as if he could lean up and be good in coverage. He is listed at 6-1, 205, and his tape is indicative of a player who could sprout in any direction he wants to, quickly. For a position that typically starts two players, Oklahoma State has earned the commitments of seven high school safeties between the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes.That’s tied for tops in the Big 12 but more important, that’s tied for the most over a two-year stretch in OSU football history and there are still more than seven months until the 2018 National Signing Day.OSU has earned six more safety commitments this decade than last already.Dan Hammerschmidt, OSU safeties coach, was hired in January 2015, about a month before NSD that year. He assumed the role of now-cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie. Hammer didn’t sign any safeties in that month before NSD.Duffie had already gotten four commitments at the position, which seemingly froze the position’s recruiting pool until the 2017 class. Then, with this most recent class, he signed Thabo Mwaniki (Denton-Guyer, Texas), Malcolm Rodriguez (Wagoner, Oklahoma), Kris McCune (Forney-Dallas Christian School), Tre Sterling (Sunnyvale, Texas) and Tracin Wallace (Fort Worth-South Hills, Texas), who played quarterback and safety in high school.Signing technically five trained safeties can be seen as stat-padding, but if past classes are indication, not all five will finish at OSU at the position. In the 2013 class, now-corner Darius Curry was listed as a safety. In 2014, Ramon Richards was signed as a corner-quarterback athlete but will start at safety this season.And the 2015 class is probably the most indicative of the trend of stashing athletes to play elsewhere on the field. Jordan Burton, Kenneth Edison-McGruder Kevin Henry and Bryce Balous were all signed as safeties but all will or did play at another position: Burton, KEM and Henry to linebacker and Balous to corner.For the most part, a higher number of athletic defensive players has proven to work.Curry has played sparingly in his career but might start in a weak cornerback duo that could (and I can’t believe I’m writing this) include Balous by the end of the season. Richards, as wild as he can be at times, has been one of the most valuable pieces in the Cowboy defense in the past few years. He started as a freshman four games into the season, came in as the nickel corner as a sophomore and was fourth on the team in tackles as a junior.Burton’s move to star linebacker was just about seamless with 106 tackles in two seasons as a JUCO transfer. Edison-McGruder could start at linebacker after two years of productivity at safety. And Henry is definitely one to keep an eye on after this season as a possible starter at linebacker.It’s fair to say safety is the position where OSU is hiding those tweener players who either aren’t fast enough yet to play corner or aren’t strong enough yet to drop into the box, but it’s unfair to say coach Mike Gundy, Hammerschmidt and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer are recruiting those kinds of players without standard and hoping one hits. This seems to be a trending strategy … one that’s working.And with that in mind, here is an examination of the players coming in as freshmen this season (we’ll look at the ones coming for 2018 tomorrow).2017Thabo Mwaniki: 3-Star, .8387 RatingMwaniki’s measurables put him exactly alongside Richards at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, but there is about 10 percent more edge to Mwaniki.In watching his tape, the first thing that jumps off the screen is his athleticism. He played safety, receiver, returned punts and hopped in as the wildcat quarterback at Denton Guyer. He was that dude and had the motor to match.Mwaniki often dropped down to play more of a nickel corner role when the defense was spread thin, and he fared well. He is the type of player, given his versatility and athleticism, who could flow throughout the secondary and not miss a beat.“He’s one of those all-time kids,” Hammerschmidt said, according to his NSD page.Best comparison: Ramon RichardsKris McCune: 3-Star, .8559 RatingThe longest safety signed in the 2017 class, McCune definitely fits into that tweener category.Listed at 6-2, 200, he played running back, receiver, safety and corner at Dallas Christian School, which is a kindergarten through 12-grade school of about 750. That’s about 60 a grade.McCune was the No. 12 corner in the nation, according to Scout, and the No. 82 safety, per 24/7. In his tape, he is typically at corner but seems just as sound if not better in the back end. He told PFB he intends to play safety, but he could easily make a change. 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.center_img “The night we saw him, he took a kick about 70 and made about 11 guys miss,” Hammer said.There are 11 players on the opposing side of the field at any given time.Best comparison: A more athletic Jordan SternsWe will take a look at the 2018 commits tomorrow.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 71 Brad Lundblade

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 next feature of our summer-long countdown is a mainstay snapper who’s been a constant through Mason Rudolph’s time leading the Cowboy offense.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Liberty Christian (Argyle, Texas), Lundblade did not receive an offer from the Cowboys though he was recruited by former OL coach Joe Wickline. He did receive offers from several other schools including Tulsa, Wake Forest and Tulane. Instead, he called OSU and asked Wickline if he could walk on and try to earn his way. The soon-departing assistant obliged and Lundblade headed to Stillwater.What he’s done in StillwaterAdChoices广告During a rough 2014 season for the Cowboys, Lundblade saw reps as a true freshman along a depleted offensive line. When the Cowboys headed to Waco for a rainy Saturday night game, Lundblade was tabbed to start his first game. He held his own while snapping the ball to another first-time starter and true freshman in Mason Rudolph. The rest, as they say, is history. Lundblade has 27 career starts, and has been the No. 1 every game the last two seasons.Role in 2017Lundblade heads into his senior season retaining the starting center job and anchoring what should be an improved offensive line. If OSU is going to reach its potential, Lundblade and Co. will need to take another step forward both in run-blocking and pass protection. They will be without the likes of Blake Jarwin and Zac Veatch who added support up front as cowboy backs the past two seasons.Noteworthy stats and highlightsIs one of only two offensive linemen to play as true freshman for Mike Gundy. The other was Russell Okung. Has been a huge part of the Cowboys’ running game improvement over the last year. From 2015 to 2016, OSU allowed ten fewer sacks. The last two preseasons, Lundblade has been included on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy for the nation’s top center.last_img read more

Poll: Is Mike Gundy the Best Coach in the Big 12?

first_imgIt seems fitting during this week’s Big 12 Media Days to talk about Mike Gundy’s place in the coaching power structure of this league. Today’s poll question is whether Gundy is now the best Big 12 coach with Bob Stoops’ exit stage right.Gundy holds the highest winning percentage of any coach in the Big 12 so logic says that he probably is, BUT I’d be willing to listen to arguments for unproven coaches like Tom Herman, Lincoln Riley as well as the work Bill Snyder has done in Manhattan.This week’s poll question: With Bob Stoops’ departure, is Mike Gundy now the best coach in the Big 12?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 18, 2017AdChoices广告As always we will revisit your comments tomorrow in a follow-up post so be sure and unload in the comments section below. Until then, happy voting. 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

Ranking the Top 10 Storylines of the Oklahoma State Season

first_imgI know it sounds crazy that the football season would sneak up on me, of all people, but we’ve been so deep in the grind of producing #content over the last month that it kind of has. I looked up today and realized that this time next week the chrome lids will be distributed in the BPS locker room and 50,000+ fans will be preparing to do the Arm Waving Thing OSU Fans Do After OSU Scores many, many times against Tulsa.Before we get to Tulsa, though, it’s time to rank the storylines heading into the season. From kinda-sorta big to the biggest, here are the 10 stories I think loom large over this 2017 season.10. An elite offenseMaybe this is interesting only to me, but Oklahoma State has a chance to join some of the elite offenses in school history by averaging 3.25 points per drive or better this year. If you average 3.25 or higher, you can be talked about as being elite. Last year, only five teams did that. Only one team in recent Oklahoma State history (2011) has done it. This one can, but will it?9. Boots on the ground• Oklahoma State has won 20 games in the last two years.• Oklahoma State has won eight games in the last two years decided by seven or fewer points.Having a great kicking game is underrated and cannot be fully mitigated just by having a world-class offense. At some point this season, Oklahoma State is going to need Matt Ammendola (or somebody) to hit a really massive kick at a really crucial time. Will he be ready?8. How good, really, are the corners?I have a confession. I think A.J. Green is going to be a superstar. Think about it. Would Mike Gundy — whose conservative decisions sometimes make Ted Cruz look like Hillary Clinton — OK a Ramon Richards move to safety without knowing that at least one of his corners is a star or superstar? I don’t think he would which leads me to believe that Green is that guy. I know there is much angst when it comes to the unknown, but when you read between the lines, I think what you see is actually encouraging.7. RB and Safety 1-2 punchesAt some point this year, we could have the conversation about Justice Hill and J.D. King being a better combination than Justice Hill and Chris Carson. We could have the same conversation about Tre Flowers and Ramon Richards being better than Tre Flowers and Jordan Sterns.I’m not saying that either of those are going to be the case, but I think both are in play and will emerge as narratives as the year plays out.6. The WR pecking orderSomebody in our Slack chat mentioned this the other day, but a pecking order always emerges on teams with oodles of talent at wideout. I think for Oklahoma State that is going to be a situation-specific order. That is, Washington will be the deep threat, Ateman will be the “we have to have a first down on third-and-8” guy, Lacy will be a combination of the two, McCleskey will just run 55 drags a game and Tyron will be the “the CFP committee wants us to play this game literally inside of a phone booth so let’s give it to No. 13 all night” guy.It will be fun to watch Rudolph distribute dimes Doug Gottlieb-style all over BPS to his treasure chest of receiving talent. And it will be fascinating to see how that pecking order plays out over the next few months.5. Are we sure about the offensive line?Like, I think I’m sure about it. But it’s also a line that has allowed 104 (!) sacks in the last three seasons. That’s ranked No. 117 in the NCAA in that span of time. Not good! Yes, they’re more experienced. Yes, they figured out the run game in the second half of last season. Yes, Mason Rudolph is smarter and more seasoned and requires less time than ever before.But it’s a concern.4. The turnover scoreboardIn four of the last six seasons, Oklahoma State has been top 10 in the country in turnover margin. In those years (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016) it has won an average of over 10 games. In the other two years (2012 and 2014) it was No. 59 and No. 111 respectively in TO margin. It won an average of just over seven games in those seasons. Turnover margin matters, people.3. Handling the hypeGundy has talked all fall about how his team is more mature than a redshirted kindergartner (looking at you folks over there at Jenks and Union who redshirted your five-year-olds … we know what you’re doing). Its stars are also its best and most productive leaders.But that’s easy to say in August when none of the chips are on the table. Going out and walloping Tulsa and South Alabama and punching Pitt in the face early on the road is much, much different. I think this team is built for greatness, and I think Gundy not shying away from feeding them the truth has been good for everyone.But again … it’s August. We can talk again in late October.2. The Bedlam monkeyMaybe Bob Stoops took King Kong with him in his exit stage right from Norman, OK, but I’m with Carson Cunningham on this one. The Gundy-Bedlam thing feels like a logo issue more than a Big Game Bob issue.The difference in teams and coaches between this year and last, though, should (should!) be so overwhelming that it overcomes all of Gundy’s Bedlam demons. And having it in November helps Oklahoma State a lot. But we’ve said all of these things before.1. Will Gundy Trim the Mullet? Can OSU Really Make the Playoff?There are so many ways this can go badly. Injuries are a concern (and a storyline I refuse to give an entire paragraph to for fear of jinxing it). At West Virginia is a concern. OU (x2?) is a concern. And the labyrinth of college football is a concern because it seemingly tilts away from the Big 12. Does OSU have to go 13-0 to make it to the CFB Playoff? With all the hype it has received this preseason, the answer to that question is “maybe.” But it’s certain that Oklahoma State has to prove more than Ohio State or USC does. If the CFP committee has taught us anything, it has taught us that blue blooded schools have less to prove than the Michigan States and Washingtons and Oklahoma States of the world.I think that, depending on what happens with other top 10 schools, OSU can probably afford a Big 12 loss this year because of the Big 12 title game. Somewhat humorously, I don’t think it can afford for its only loss to be in the Big 12 title game (recency bias and such).So maybe this is the year. The one we thought we had in 2011. Maybe not. The great thing about sports is that it unfolds in real time with all of us gathered together to dissect and parse through every second of it. I don’t know if those will be joyous gatherings or massive letdowns. But I do know that the next four months should be a hell of a ride. 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