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Daily Bullets (Oct. 16): Mediocrity Trending, Bowl Projections for the Pokes

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Pokes landed an east Texas defensive lineman last night.


Bullets Rundown

• New (not ideal) trend being set in Cowboy Football
• Bowl projections for the Pokes
• Chuba Hubbard’s award hopes


OSU Bullets

• Bill Haisten nails the “state of the program” over the last couple of years – take in the whole piece if you’ve got a few minutes.

During a stretch of 44 games in 2014-18, the Cowboys were 35-9.

Over its last 16 games, Oklahoma State is 8-8.

The first of those 16 games was a 41-17 home loss to Texas Tech. The most recent of the 16, played on Oct. 5, was a 45-35 setback at Texas Tech. As Spencer Sanders was intercepted three times and lost two fumbles, the Cowboys were minus-5 on turnovers.

Since recording six 10-win seasons during this decade, the Cowboys have been undermined by self-inflicted mediocrity. They’ve developed two nasty habits: losing in home games and losing to opponents that have less talent. [TulsaWorld]

As much as a game/moment weighs on your mind, one instance does not a trend make. But the 8-8 number is the epitome of mediocrity. Homecoming is just as good a time as any to break out.

• Viktor Hovland is stringing together an incredible streak of rounds in the 60’s

• Take a look at these bowl projections for the Cowboys and see if any suit your fancy.

ESPN: OSU vs. Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl
CBS Sports: OSU vs. Utah in the Alamo Bowl
247: OSU vs. Pitt in the Camping World
Banner Society: OSU vs. Mississippi State in the Texas Bowl
McMurphy: OSU vs. Kentucky in the Texas Bowl [PFB]

The SEC teams would be snoozers – Mississippi State lost to K-State and Kentucky lost their Oklahoman that carried the load at QB. I’ve seen enough Pitt for a lifetime – and I’m still not over Larry Fitzgerald taking the Biletnikoff from Rashaun Woods. The gold medal would be Utah in the Alamo with A&M in the Texas Bowl being a close second.

• ProFootball Focus has Chuba Hubbard joining Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor on their midseason All-American team.

First-Team RB: Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
Even with a week off in Week 7, Hubbard still possesses a 278-yard advantage over the next closest running back in terms of total rushing yards. He’s gained 1,094 on 163 carries, averaging a ridiculous 6.7 yards per carry and has run national-best 26 carries of 10 or more yards.

He’s got great vision and great burst through the holes as he’s dealing with inferior run-blocking in front of him than the likes of fellow First-Team RB in Taylor. [PFF]

It’s hard to tell how that last bit will impact awards – will they be extra impressed or just claim the yards are empty calories, empty numbers an output of a system? I’d have to think that 2,000 yards punches your ticket and puts you in the conversation.

Taylor Cornelius was drafted by the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL yesterday (Jarrell Owens went to New York as well)

• I’m not sure what kind of feedback Rudolph will be able to provide but nice to have this crew back on campus judging dunks


Non-OSU Bullets

• A brief-history of Dallas Cowboys’ fans calling for Jason Garrett’s job

• The modern NBA dictionary

• This faith-based read on assuming good motives was solid

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