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High Noon Highlights(11/25): Biggest factors for Bedlam

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Hubbard and the OU defense are keys for Bedlam:

After OU’s thriller against TCU on Saturday, Guerin Emig talked to OU safety Brendan Radley-Hiles about this upcoming game against OSU and running back Chuba Hubbard.

“A great athlete. A great player. A hard player,” Radley-Hiles said. “Look forward to the matchup.”

He’d better. That matchup — the Sooners’ defense against the star of Oklahoma State’s offense — factors so heavily in Bedlam’s outcome.

Start with Hubbard.

He was already critical to the Cowboys before Tylan Wallace and Spencer Sanders went down with injuries. Now the Pokes feed him screen passes to go with his typical 30 carries a game, the idea being to steady Sanders replacement Dru Brown. {Tulsa World}

I’m also looking to see what happens in the matchup. If the OU defense can get to Chuba that could lead to OSU missing out on some touchdown. I think Chuba will be about to get free a couple of times though and hopefully get to 2,000 yards on the season.

Rickie Fowler voted as “nicest guy on tour” by peers:

“He has that friendly, calm and quiet demeanor that is all about kindness and connecting with people.” Was said of Fowler. Oklahoma State is proud of this former Cowboy for everything he does on and off the course.

Ringer Q&A session:

Former Oklahoma State (now team USA) wrestler Alex Dieringer sat down for a Q&A session.

Q: The last time we saw you was Final X against Kyle Dake. What were some takeaways from that event?

A: The biggest thing from that series and wrestling Kyle Dake is that I just have to keep evolving. He came with a different game plan and I didn’t really adjust to it. I just have to keep progressing as a wrestler. The focus now is to get big and get ready for 86 kg.

Q: Why did you decide to go up to 86 kg instead of going down to 74 kg?

A: I cut a lot of weight in college, and it just wasn’t good for my body. I don’t want to do that again. 163 pounds is pulling a lot of weight for me. I usually walk around at 190 pounds when I’m not lifting. I think for the sake of my body in the future, it’s just better to get big, stay healthy and worry about getting better rather than cutting weight.

Q: How does going up a weight class affect or change your training?

A: I’ve been doing a lot more lifting. When I was at 79 kg, I wasn’t lifting as much. I was lifting maybe once or twice a week. Now I’m lifting four times a week, so it’s a little different. It definitely takes a toll on your body a little more. You’ve got to take care of yourself and do the right things to recover. It’s definitely an adjustment. I’m getting used to it and I’m getting strong. I’ve always used my strength to help me excel on the mat, and I think now that I’m getting stronger, it’s just going to make me that much more powerful in my wrestling. {}

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