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Okay, I’ll leave this one open for your takes on Saturday’s game. (Hopefully they’ve cooled a bit in a couple of days).
A few days ago, my life was in shambles. I listened to the game on the radio on the way to Amarillo for a wedding (congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Ragsdale!), and my life was shattered somewhere between a cattle ranch and a wind turbine. Luckily for me, "open bar, dude!" I have since recaptured all five of my senses, and have accepted the fact that there is nothing any of us can do to make this situation any better. The fans have to show up at BPS on Saturday, loud and proud. Pitt is going to give us a fight.
Losing in that fashion was painful, but to find out that play should not have even happened just adds salt to the wound.
I walked out of BPS last Saturday thinking to myself "this is the last game I'm going to this season." Well, I'm off my man period now and I'll help stripe the stadium this Saturday. I think the only thing we can do is do our best to move on and get ready for Pitt. Pitt is a team that deserves our full attention.
Every good team lays an egg occasionally. Mediocre teams play mediocre football. Last Saturday didn't determine which of those statements describes Oklahoma State this season. The next three weeks likely will.
It's the not the worst loss in OSU history. (More on that later this week #tease)
I'm still wearing that loss a little bit. Doesn't help that my coworker decided to rub it in my face first thing Monday and all throughout the day. I feel for everyone in our program for enduring that loss. I was a little harsh on a certain "mulleteer" in the midst of everything. I feel bad, especially because he didn't know the rule; then worse when it turned out the refs didn't either. For me I look at it from a specialists perspective. If I was still playing I would feel a little disrespected that they didn't send the punt team out there. All they had to do was punt the ball into the paddle people and none of this would've happened. After everything the punt unit has done to help win games in recent years, it almost felt like a lack of trust from the coaches. That is a little unsettling (from my perspective anyways). This may not actually be the case in the decision to throw it, but it's something you'd think about as a long snapper or punter.
I saw zeroes on the clock, Cowboys had won. Then a flag, a Hail Mary and the Cowboys had lost. Then I don't remember anything else...
It's not entirely surprising they found a way to lose a game they should've won. It's OSU. They do this. But at least it wasn't WVU in week eight or Baylor after a 10-0 start. Hopefully this is the kick in the ass they need. Offense has been pussy footing around for years now it seems.
My take has steeped a bit since Saturday afternoon and is now a lukewarm mess. I think the Cowboys tried to lay an egg that they could pick up and as a fumble on the five-yard line or block as a field goal at the last second. But this time they weren’t so lucky. (See half the games last season).
Two takeaways from the game: One good, one bad if you can come up with the former.
Good - Hmm. Like I said before, I listened to the game via radio, so I didn't get to see the players. Larry Reece seemed to mention Lenzy Pipkins a lot during the broadcast. It sounded like he was really flying around and making some plays.
Bad - From what I heard, it sounded like Mason was a little hesitant with his throwing decisions. Mason is a hell of a QB. The brodie just needs to throw the ball. Also, MAC refs. Never again.
Oh, you're talking about THAT game. It's all good. First, it helped my marriage, as I'm less likely to tell her I can't do anything on a given Saturday during the game. Second, we discovered that Mason Rudolph can clear the tallest buildings with a single throw. Third, I'm even more focused on basketball now.
The good: I think OSU has found their running back, Justice Hill. He's been the most consistent running back performer for the Pokes so far, and is the most complete running back.
The bad: referees who are paid to know the rules and don't...
We made a 50-plus yard field goal. That was cool. And hmmm, I can't think of one single bad thing that happened.
The good - It's over.
The bad - The deficiencies in the pass defense are going to be a MUCH bigger factor in how this season goes than the end result of the game.
Good: Rudolph "should" now have his worst game of the season out of his system.
Bad: we will have to see that stupid play over, and over, and over, and over.......
Ok, moving on!
Good: Jalen McCleskey making plays despite having to reach for every ball.
Bad: Jalen McCleskey having to reach for every ball.
My one good takeaway is I thought the run defense looked good; the defensive line in general looked good. Also, we were able to create some turnovers, which will be huge if we can keep that up in Big 12 play. On the other hand, obviously Mason Rudolph didn't look great, but I don't understand why we completely abandoned the running game. There were a few runs that showed some glimpses, and then we just stopped.
Good - I like the receiver group and Stoner formation.
Bad - What's up with Mason’s overthrows? Did Glass actually pump too much iron?
Good: If there’s a good takeaway, as far as how things worked out, maybe the team as a whole has learned you can’t depend on the last second turnover or SCTop10 play to win every game for you.
Bad: Who am I kidding? This team needs to either “play better” or shake something up. The offense got stuck in the mud way too many times against a MAC school.
Prediction against Pitt.
Ugh. This is hard. I'm not sure if last week is one that rallies the guys, or one that breaks their spirit. Prediction: These teams are very similar in terms of caliber, however, the game will be won very convincingly. Someone is going to get the tires beat off of them. I hope the Cowboys are the team holding the tire iron at the end of day.
I predict I won't be watching. I'm playing in the Stamford City Amateur Senior Championship Saturday and Sunday, then watching my son's soccer game, then doing anything else I can to avoid opening up these fresh wounds. I'm old, so I don't heal as quickly as you youngsters.
It depends which OSU team shows up. If the team that played last Saturday plays this weekend, it could be a rough afternoon. But, if the OSU team that everyone knows exists comes to BPS, it will be a bounce back victory. Unfortunately, I can see both scenarios.
My optimistic prediction is we respond well and beat a very formidable Pitt team. My pessimistic prediction is we have like 50,000 fans, or less, at BPS and James Conner runs wild on our defense.
Pitt rushes for over 200 yards and dominates time of possession, but Rudolph plays a much better game against a Pitt defense that gave up 332 yards passing to Penn State last week and the Pokes find a way to get what is a MUST win 41-35.
OSU in a tough one that really challenges the DLine. Gundy and Co. Actually let the running backs carry the ball. Rudolph with a late drive in the 4th for the game winning TD. 34-28 OSU.
The stripes actually work! This one's for the pistol emoji #RIP. 24-17 Pokes!!
I think this is a favorable matchup for the Cowboys. Don't get me wrong, I think that Pitt has far more talent than Central Michigan, but they are a run-first team who have not shown much of a balanced attack. They only threw for 91 yards against Penn State. I think that OSU will be able to score on Pitt's defense and I don't think Pitt will be able to keep up the pace. Final score: 34 - 24 Cowboys.
They'll beat Pitt. They'll have too, right? I mean if they don't this is literally the last time I'm replying to these.
As hard as I’ve been on them, I’ll give the Cowboys the benefit of the doubt. I think they can win this game and are now backed into a corner. It’s a must-win. Lose consecutive games heading into conference play? Yeesh.
I guess I’ll take the Pokes: 31-23