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Daily Bullets (Sept. 20): All the Dynamics Around Playing Texas

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This was fun – enjoy this slide show of the last five wins in Austin. 


Bullets Rundown

• Pokes not sneaking up on anyone in Austin
• Texas boys playing Texas
• 2019 Texas versus the last nine teams

Scores

• Soccer: OSU 3, Kennesaw State 0


OSU Bullets

• Over OSU’s golden decade of college football, they’ve been able to sneak up on teams at times. That’s clearly not the case this week as OSU heads to Austin. 

If OSU fans are curious about the tone of Austin conversation this week, here’s an example from an Austin American-Statesman podcast involving columnists Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls.

Golden: “The Mullet has it going. He always has a good quarterback, and this Spencer Sanders is no joke.”

Bohls: “(Gundy) always has great skill-position talent. … Who’s to say (OSU) doesn’t have a better running game than LSU?” [TulsaWorld]

“…(H)ave a better running game than LSU” is not something I ever anticipated to be said about a post-Joe Wickline-OSU rushing attack. But my goodness, with the Josh Henson-recruited and Charlie Dickey-trained maulers up-front and a Canadian trackster and Mr. Texas Football hitting the holes, it’s not crazy.

• I’m intrigued by the emotions around the OSU players (from Texas) taking on the University of Texas.

The truth is that Oklahoma State players, especially the multitude that are from Texas love to play the Longhorns and love to play smack dab in the middle of their home state. Winning five in a row is more than a trend, it truly is a habit. [GoPokes]

It’d be an act of futility to project the emotions of 18-to-22-year-olds but we’d be fools not to assume a roster primarily composed of young men from Texas (that weren’t given the opportunity to play for their state school) wouldn’t be motivated to play them.

• Probably the biggest difference between this Texas team and the last nine has to be the stellar quarterback play.

Still, there’s one major difference now from most of those previous nine years. Texas has a quarterback. Sam Ehlinger has turned into a big-time QB.

“Their quarterback is considerably better than he has been, in my opinion,” Mike Gundy said. “They’ve got big, tall receivers. They want to throw the ball down the field. I just know he’s much more productive than he was in the past. You hear people talk about his throwing. I don’t see any issues with his throwing. He throws pretty good. He’s a pretty good college quarterback.” [NewsOK]

Gundy wisely differentiates him from the wave of rumdums (Case McCoy, Jerrod Heard, Tyrone Swoopes) and the legends (Colt McCoy and Vince Young).

It makes sense that he points to his development as well – he has been the starter (at least part-time) for the last two years but hasn’t necessarily climbed that ultimate mountain (league title, college football playoff). The way folks talk about Ehlinger as if he’s accomplished that. Sure he looks capable but let’s let him get there before we crown him.

Solid explanation here on why we haven’t (and likely won’t) see more standardized scheduling in college football – meaning more comparable schedules across the Power Five

• It’s fun to look back on recruiting rankings – looking at a handful of NCAA players and their rankings

• Bummer – Daton Fix lost at the World Championships

• Eat that, ESPN+.

• Neat move here by Cowgirl Soccer honoring Boone:

• Congrats to Jalen McCleskey with his first touchdown on the year:


Non-OSU Bullets

• Creativity takes time – I’m reading a short book on this currently, pretty interesting takes

• NFL’s Air-Raid transformation is nearly complete – including Rudolph in Pittsburgh

• This faith-based look at believing the best in others was challenging

• Here’s a fall foliage prediction map for those so inclined

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