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Daily Bullets (May 10): OSU/TU Series Announcement Thoughts

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Enjoy Bedlam Baseball in Tulsa (Fri) and OKC/Norman (Sat, Sun) this weekend – go Pokes.


Bullets Rundown

• OSU-TU Series for life
• Chuba getting some buzz
• Why OSU will be good in 2019


OSU Bullets

OSU announced an eight-game deal with the University of Tulsa‘s petroleum engineering club football team – let’s hear Mike Holder’s take.

Holder wants this Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic series to develop into big-event weekends.

“The two biggest markets for OSU fans are Oklahoma City and Tulsa,” Holder said. “We can’t play a football game in Oklahoma City, but we can in Tulsa every other year.

“We do a lot of our recruiting of students in Tulsa. A lot of our students will graduate and go to work in Tulsa. The benefits of this football contract transcend just the playing of football games.” [Tulsa World]

Games against TU are the football equivalent of chain food restaurants. Consistently decent but rarely a thrill. The safe option. This will most assuredly fill the “Group of Five” slot historically filled by the likes of South Alabama, Central Michigan, and Troy State and is probably a higher quality opponent.

I think we all would have been more interested in the Pat Jones Bowl with an eight-year deal against Arkansas or maybe a deal with five games in Stillwater with three in Tulsa. But when you compare it to a trip to upstate Michigan or rural SEC country, it’s really not a bad deal.

Chuba Hubbard is turning into a preseason media darling.

I am all in on Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard. He was behind Justice Hill last season but when he got the ball in his hands, he made plays. Now with Justice gone to the NFL, Chuba will be the go-to back for the Cowboys this upcoming season.

In the 2018 season, Chuba carried the ball 124 times for 740 yards and 7 touchdowns. I would be willing to bet he goes over the 1,000-yard mark and will have a double-digit touchdown season. This guy is lighting fast and can take it the distance anytime he touches the football. [HCS]

Chuba’s big play potential combined with his reliability between the tackles make him a top-three Big 12 back.

• This was one of the better forecasts out there for OSU Football in 2019. 

Nobody had a weirder 2018 than Oklahoma State. Topplers of Boise State, Texas, West Virginia and Missouri – not to mention a near upset of Oklahoma – the Cowboys’ best was as good as anyone. The Cowboys also lost to Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU on the way to a 7-6 campaign. Will the Cowboys be a bit less polarizing next year? They should be. It’s hard to bet against Mike Gundy, who’s won 10-plus games six of the last nine seasons. [247 Sports]

People make a living projecting how college football teams will perform pre-season and it’s fair to assume that established coaches are a large component in their grading scale.

Mike Gundy is more than likely nine wins until proven otherwise kind of coach at this point.

• Ragusa found a quarterback that he’d like to see the Pokes add for 2020 and I’m digging it.

Illingworth is a big, pro-style quarterback at 6-6, 225 pounds. He has a huge arm and is very accurate. He also moves around decently for a guy at his size. According to Max Preps, Illingworth threw for 2,739 yards, with a completion percentage of 63 percent, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions this past season.

The Cowboys currently have a roster full of dual-threat type QBs, so I think adding a guy like Illingworth would be a good move for Gundy and Gleeson. Plus, we’ve seen what this style of quarterback, like Brandon Weeden and Mason Rudolph, can do when given the keys to the OSU offense. [PFB]

I’m #ProStyle til’ the cows come home. I’m sucking on antacids all day watching a dual-threat and don’t need another Zac Robinson skipping rocks in the flat at the Holiday Bowl.

Plus I’d like to see the undersized Big 12 linebackers trying to knock down that 6’6″ 225 (plus some after Glass gets ahold of him) frame.

Waters in West Texas was epic. He was as impressive as Kevin Durant was during the triple-overtime game at GIA.


Non-OSU Bullets

• Brooks’ on the difference between happiness and joy was good – didn’t perfectly align with my perspective but good nonetheless

• The making of Amazon Prime

• Some faith-based angles but hard truths for soon-to-be-grads had good thoughts

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