Good afternoon everyone. While most students are back in school today, us lucky Oklahoma State students don’t start until next week. Enjoy your last week of vacation fellow Pokes!
Cowboys Ranked No. 20 in Way-Too-Early Poll
Sporting News released its Way-Too-Early Top 25, and the Cowboys find themselves ranked, coming in No. 20.
The Cowboys lose Mason Rudolph, James Washington, Marcell Ateman, Chad Whitener, Ramon Richards, Brad Lundblade and 16 other seniors, but SN still believes the Cowboys will be one of the Top 20 teams in the nation.
Look for Taylor Cornelius, Jelani Woods and Spencer Sanders to battle it out for the starting QB role, while Tyron Johnson and Jalen McCleskey will attempt to be the new anchors for the receiving corps.
The ground game - which had so many questions just a few years ago - will be one of the most stable position groups for the Cowboys. Justice Hill is expected to be a premiere running back with his speed and agility while J.D. King provides the power and strength in the Cowboys’ 1-2 punch from the backfield.
Cowgirl Basketball Picks Up Another Bedlam Win
The No. 20 Cowgirls moved to 12-3 (3-1 Big 12) with a 96-82 Bedlam victory in Stillwater yesterday.
Loryn Goodwin scored 31 points with eight rebounds and five assists while Kaylee Jensen added 27 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. The Cowgirls opened up a margin that OU couldn’t overcome thanks to a 22-4 difference in the second quarter.
Up next, the Cowgirls travel to Kansas State on Saturday for a date with the Wildcats.
Mason Rudolph Claims Another Award
Over the weekend, QB1 claimed another prestigious award.
Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s Bobby Bowden Award winner, @Rudolph2Mason! Thanks to @TheBobbyBowden, @louiegiglio and @passioncity for hosting such a great presentation! #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/Srfs9wRVVl— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) January 7, 2018
The Bobby Bowden Award is presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the player who “epitomizes a student-athlete as he represents God, his family, his institution and his community.”
Rudolph is the second Cowboy to win the Bobby Bowden award, joining tight end Billy Bajema, who won in 2004, as the only other Oklahoma State honoree.
BUT..... There’s a Problem
Somewhere along the line, there was a typo made on the trophy.
Mason Rudolph didn’t win the award — Mason Rudolf did.
I would imagine the gaff has already been fixed and the properly-spelled trophy is on the way to Rudolph.
H/T to Cam Jourdan for the find.
Mitchell Solomon is the Cowboys’ MVP
Sure, he may not score the most points and will undoubtedly make that boneheaded play that leaves you shaking your head every game, but it is hard to deny that Solomon is one of the team’s MVPs so far this season.
Each year, the Big 12 makes commercials showing its athletes as “champions for life” and this year, Big Mitch is the Cowboys’ representative. Check it out.
REMINDER: Watch ‘The Mullet’ on ESPNews tonight.
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a pretty big football game on tonight. It’s the last college football game of the 2017-18 season.
ESPN is going above and beyond this year in its coverage of the game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Alabama. From the press release:
“ESPN’s fifth national championship MegaCast production will be its most comprehensive to date, offering 20 productions of the College Football Playoff National Championship... The record-setting number of MegaCast productions is up from the 14 offered last year and all 20 are available on the ESPN App.
“ESPN will have more than 110 cameras inside the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, including utilizing more than 80 for the College Football Playoff National Championship. ESPN’s state-of-the-art production will feature two never-before-used camera angles for a national championship game: First-and-10 marker cam and the Dual SkyCam System.”
As part of the coverage, ESPN is once again bringing back the popular “Coaches Room.” This year, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy will be one of five head coaches in the room, along with a former head coach and a college football analyst. Here is the list of those appearing on tonight’s broadcast.
- Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State)
- Matt Luke (Ole Miss)
- David Cutcliffe (Duke)
- Mike Bobo (Colorado State)
- Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern)
- Kevin Sumlin (formerly of Texas A&M)
- Tom Luginbill (host/analyst)
Don't want to listen to Kirk Herbstreit babble on about Alabama (and probably eventually Ohio State)? Listen to Coach Gundy break down the game in real time instead! https://t.co/rWss6vg5Of— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) January 8, 2018
That's it for today. Have a good one!