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What’s your favorite way to ride out a lightning delay?

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Joel

Sit and wait patiently for more football.

Phillip

Beer and Grillaroni’s #BringBackGrillaroni’s

Robert

At my age, any opportunity for a nap is a good one.

Austin

If I'm in Stillwater, The College Bar. Double José Special, please.

Christopher

Exactly like I rode this one out - holding down the tailgate tents, watching other games and being shocked we didn't lose the satellite signal, and eating a lot of food with some great friends and some strangers wearing orange. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.

Dustin

Head to Stonewall for a double special.

Kyle

If this past week was any indication, I must love tweeting my complaints at a certain satellite provider for my loss of service and then complaining more for ESPN not covering the end of the game with three blank channels.

Josh Elias

We’re all going to have a take on this, so let’s hear ‘em. Grade Mason Rudolph’s career and record-setting game.

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Joel

C+. Yes, even with 540 yards I am still giving him this grades. He only went 26/46, and some of those completions were because his receiver bailed him out with a great catch. Mason was the beneficiary of playing a team with a bad secondary. The Daxx-Garman-all-or-nothing-9 route every single time will not work in conference play. He looks rattled when he has to make a quick throw and the ball sails, that must be corrected ASAP, or conference play could be rough.

Phillip

His career is still being decided. 2014 was great, but it was 3 games. 2015 he had to share time with "The General". This is the career defining year, and it's off to an up-and-down start. Let's call Saturday a tale of two halves. The first half was record setting and impressive. The second half was too much like the CMU game to me. The game winning drive in the 4th it seemed like he found it again.

Robert

Imagine the records if OSU's receivers were 10ft tall.

Austin

Mason's career: TBD. He still has 1.75 years before I comment on that. Yes, he'll be back next year.

Saturday's game: B+. Even though he did not look sharp, throwing for those numbers and leading OSU to victory over a tough Pitt team deserves a B+.

Christopher

Mason played okay. He made some great throws and he missed some throws. Pitt's pass defense is just awful and Mason will face much better secondaries, but the good news is he's capable of playing much better than he did. My concerns with him remain his accuracy under pressure and on short-to-intermediate throws. The second half was not pretty. Overall, I'd grade him at a B.

Dustin

As Phillip said, this is his career defining year. I don't think I can give a good grade just yet. If I had to grade the record-setting game, I'd say a B+. He made some really great throws, but he also made several really poor throws. He also had those fumbles (which are a real issue), one of which wasn't completely his fault. However, overall, I think he played a solid game and looked confident in the pocket and checking off plays throughout a majority of the game.

Kyle

There have been several times when I send these questions out and later realize I wasn’t very clear as to my intended question. Each time, though, I get better stuff than I had originally intended.

After 19 games I think we can adequately gauge Rudolph’s career to this point. I think Mason Rudolph might be the best quarterback in the school’s history or he might be the the third or fourth best. The team’s success this year will slant our view on him either way.

For his career and record-setting game against Pitt, I’ll give him a B+. We’ve talked ad nauseam about his overthrown passes and fumbles but he overcame that and led his team to a win and threw for 540 yards while doing it.

Elias

Great game. Far from perfect. Obviously still off on some of the short-intermediate throws, but it was nice to see him settle in and make those throws for a while. Excited to see him when he makes those throws throughout a whole game.

How many reverses will Kendal Briles call up with his heavily taped hands Saturday?

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Joel

There will be quite a few run, OSU had a rough time covering that jet play that Pitt ran multiple times.

Phillip

12.

Robert

The way things are going, he won't have to. Daddy will be standing right next to him.

Austin

Haha! If he watches the game tape of our defense from last week, he'll ditch the reverses and run a few Jet Sweeps.

Christopher

The limit does not exist. Actually it does, but only because once Baylor scores on a reverse, Briles can't call another one until their next possession.

Dustin

The taped hands really annoy me, actually, Kendall Briles in general really annoys me. Actually, now that I'm annoyed, I'm not even going to give an answer.

Kyle

I put the realistic number at 1.5. I take the over.

Elias

IX

Seriously though, your prediction for Baylor:

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Joel

This will be another tough test for the Cowboys, and going to Waco is tough for any team. The Cowboys will have a shot in this game, and I have a feeling it'll be a shootout. I'll remain the confident optimist and say the Cowboys win 41-37.

Phillip

I want a win. I believe in a win. I'm just not sure I can predict one after the performances the last two weeks. Baylor 49-OSU 48.

Robert

Anxiety, OSU receivers looking to the sky on short routes, and a Twitter timeline full of sexual assault/Baylor hatred/humor.

Seriously though, this should be a bye week. The fact that OSU has to play this program is an absolute indictment of the joke major college football has become in this regard. Baylor shouldn't be playing football right now, period. What happened, and what CONTINUES TO HAPPEN, is way past what transpired at Penn State, because NOTHING has been done with the grown ups who oversaw the mess. Losing a job, or being "demoted" as punishment for what went on is a travesty, never mind all the assistants that kept jobs, and proves without question that Baylor, as an institution, is just as morally bankrupt as we always thought.

Austin

I'm not as high on Baylor as I was in the offseason. Despite their record, I was expecting more. I'll give my prediction in my game preview on Friday. You'll have to wait :)

Christopher

Seth Russell's passing yardage has increased each game this season, and that will continue this week as he eclipses 350 yards, including 150+ to KD Cannon. The Pokes find some running room against the Bears, but the offense is still dependent on the passing game. Baylor pressures Rudolph all day. Mason plays a decent game but doesn't quite keep up with Russell and the Cowboys don't quite keep up with the Bears. 51-41 Baylor.

Dustin

41 - 38. Cowboys

Kyle

Cowboys win 45-36. As much as the running game has struggled, I think they get enough. Glenn Spencer’s crew forces three turnovers and the Cowboys take an early lead. The Bears rally back but it’s not enough.

Elias

As hard as it is to read this team through 3 non-conference games, I'm gonna stick with the Pokes, 34-21.