1) 2016 draftee Emmanuel Ogbah is going to a 3-4 system in Cleveland. How do you see the end faring in his transition to linebacker?
Ogbah is strong and powerful enough to make an impact as a 5-technique DE, so he might not have to make the move to OLB (unless the Browns have already come out and said they want him to be an OLB). He would have to develop some inside pass rush moves, but that could come with some good coaching. He also needs to improve his pad level, and improve the power in his hand striking. If he does move to OLB, his outside pass rush moves should translate to the NFL and he already has the speed to cover the field from sideline to sideline.
He's playing for Cleveland. That's all you need to know.
I've always thought that Ogbah was fast enough to play as a stand-up linebacker. Obviously, he wouldn't have had to do that in the college level because of his sheer size. That being said, he's big enough and strong enough to make it as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL. If he were to move to OLB, that would have to mean that he feels more comfortable standing up and wants to make that move. I'm not sure if that will happen.
It looks Ogbah will be playing standing up according Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com. And I think he will do fine. He's definitely got the size and athleticism to be a load whether in coverage or where he's more comfortable, in the backfield.
Let's just hope for E-Man's sake that the new regime change in the 'Land will bode better for former Cowboys than the last.
2) OSU returns the Big 12’s most experienced offense, as pointed out here by ESPN's Max Olsen.
Is that enough to get the Pokes through a tough road schedule and past their ground game issues? What’s your expectation for the Cowboys offense in 2016?
Experience is valuable when that experience also has some talent. Call me when the offensive line catches up on the latter.
I think the offense is going to be spectacular. James Washington is a budding super-star, Marcell Ateman has a wealth of experience, and the backfield is senior-laden. I think it hinges on how well the offensive line plays. If OSU can't run the ball then having these guys on the outside doesn't mean as much. That being said, if OSU can find a way to consistently run the ball, then I think they could compete with anyone, anywhere. The schedule is rough, and OSU isn't going undefeated, but neither is OU, Baylor, or TCU. I think OSU might have the most complete team in the conference. I can't wait to find out.
Here we go again. Hoping, wishing that Oklahoma State will figure out their running game. I'm going to go for cautiously optimistic for the sole reason that they can't get much worse.
Let's see what second year o-line coach Greg Adkins can do with some of his guys after Rob Glass has had some time with them. Gundy said it would be a 2-3 year process. Well, here comes year three.
Like we've said before, if they can become respectable on the ground, they could be near unstoppable on that side of the ball.
3) If the Big 12 disbanded today, would you rather see Oklahoma State and oU stick together or split up (and why)?
Well, if we only beat them a few times every 10-15 years, imagine how long we could go between wins if we only played them once every few years. Of course, that would mean losing less often to them, so there's that. I vote stay together, cuz I'm kind of a glutton for punishment.
You know... This is a tricky one. I would certainly miss Bedlam, but I wouldn't miss the outcome. I'm kind of tired with getting our butts kicked every year and hoping we pull one out. It seems like we only lose in heartbreaking fashion to OU, and it seems like it happens regularly (see 2012, 2013). Long story short, if OU and OSU went to different conferences, I wouldn't lose sleep over it.
I would have to agree with Robert here. I think Oklahoma State needs OU as much it pains us all to admit it. In that hypothetical scenario, does OSU get into the SEC without them? Probably not.
But what's more important and less likely to be admitted in Norman. OU needs Oklahoma State. Don't listen to the Land Thieves. This is a rivalry. They know it. We know it. Everyone in the nation knows it.
It's good for both schools regardless of the record. Especially now that Texas seems to be permanently dumpster diving.
Without their perceived in-state elitism, the draw of crimson and cream would be much more drab and Toby Keith wouldn't be buying a lifetime supply of maroon visors for all his friends.