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Daily Bullets (September 20)



Rising Star

Mason Rudolph has caught the eye of ESPN’s Mel Kiper – dubbing him a prospect on the rise.

Rudolph made my recent Big Board at No. 25, but he could move up a few spots in my next update after he and the Cowboys rolled over Pitt on the road. He was 23-of-32 passing for 497 yards with five touchdowns and an interception.

Everyone knows he has a good arm, but he showed one of his underrated skills against the Panthers: buying time in the pocket. That shows off his athleticism — Rudolph is not a stiff pocket passer. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he sees the field well and has good mechanics. Rudolph also doesn’t make many mistakes — he had only four interceptions on 448 attempts last season. [ESPN]

His capability to extend plays tends to be overshadowed by the greased pig that is Baker Mayfield.

And as much as you can look at Mason’s numbers as inflated in a QB-friendly offense, his ability to extend plays with a less than perfect offensive line more than compensates.

Playoff Projections

Yahoo’s Pat Forde has the Pokes in his playoff – and it appears we can thank partly Texas for that.

The Cowboys make their first appearance in the playoff bracket after obliterating Pittsburgh on the road, 59-21. They rolled up 49 points in the first half, flexing their offensive muscles, and coasted in from there.

While Pitt certainly is not good, Oklahoma State handled the Panthers more easily than Penn State the week before – and USC’s narrow home escape over Texas opened the door for the Cowboys. [Yahoo Sports]

It’s this out-of-league play that helps build the national perspective of the Pokes (and the Big 12) where comparisons help form an understanding. So far it’s all played out well.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Yahoo tells you how to bet on the Pokes this weekend….CBS’ Tom Fornelli has the Pokes in his top five….CRFF with a fantastic look into the Horned Frogs offense….The Oklahoma-based Heisman ballot is awesome…Texas is back… back into a QB battle

Chris Carson won’t be denied.

Is Florida becoming Cowboy Basketball’s Texas?

No. 1 and No. 2 have both been awesome.

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