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Tomorrow marks our 78th football game to cover as a site. Where has the time gone?

Pokes remind CU of Washington

It’s nice to be compared to the No. 4 team in the country.

Buffaloes safety coach Joe Tumpkin, who will call Colorado’s defense in Thursday’s Alamo Bowl after defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt left for Oregon, said the Huskies are the closest comparison to the Cowboys.

“I think they’re very similar to Washington offensively, what they do, how they do it offensively,” Tumpkin said. “The quarterback is the key, same thing with Washington’s quarterback. Us being able to control and stop the run is going to be key for us, and then keeping them off their play action game.” [Tulsa World]

I’m not sure the comp is a fair one, but I’ll take it.

Colorado OC Speaks on OSU Defense

CU’s co-offensive coordinator used to be at Texas Tech so he knows what the Cowboys are all about.

“We’re going to play a very, very talented football team, well-coached, speed on offense and defense and special teams,” Chiaverini said. “I was always impressed with the job that Coach Gundy and their staff does in all phases. Defensively they’re going to give you multiple looks. They’ll play a three-down, a four-down, bring zone pressures and also play some man. We have our work cut out for us.” [NewsOK]

I really think the Alamo has a chance to be one of the three best bowl games this year. Evenly-matched teams, stars on both sides, in a dome — I’m here for it. Also, CU is rocking some of the best threads in college football.

How CU turned it around

This is really good and should be read by ADs who want to fire coaches after five games or 12 games or whatever.

There were plenty of chances to throw in the towel those first three years, as the Buffaloes lost by 20 points or more in 11 different games. CU safety Tedric Thompson was a freshman during MacIntyre’s first season and recalls locker room speeches that would eventually shape the program.

“He wasn’t telling us from the jump that we were going to automatically be in the Pac-12 championship,” Thompson said. “I think him being honest with us and telling us from the jump when he first got here that we’ve got to stick with him, stick with each other, believe in him, and eventually, we’re going to turn this thing around.” [NewsOK]

Matt Rhule Era starts

Baylor’s new coach didn’t research the Baylor issues.

Rhule recognizes that he is taking a serious risk by becoming the next head coach at Baylor. He truly accepted the position sight unseen. He had never been to Waco. He has never coached in the state of Texas. He admits that he did not have time to do much research on the more than yearlong sexual assault scandal that has engulfed his new school. [ESPN]

Pretty interesting. And a good read on him. I like him already.

How to beat Bama

There might not be a simple way to stymy Alabama’s offense. The Tide have scored 30 or more points against every team other than LSU, and “play defense as well as LSU” isn’t much in the way of advice. Like Alabama’s defense, its running game is the stuff of myth at this point, and the program has spawned a trio of talented backs this year, each of whom has broken the 100-yard mark in a game. [Ringer]

This was excellent and made me excited for the Peach Bowl (which I’ll help cover for CBS). Also, Zach Kram is a great writer.

Gundy’s contract extension

It is sort of looming over the bowl game.

Who knows what comes next. Maybe in a week or so, OSU will announce the extension is done and all is well. Maybe Gundy and Holder, Pickens and Hargis will have run with this an opportunity to change the narrative. Maybe a big cloud over the program will have lifted. Wouldn’t it be fitting if what happened off the field was as positive as what has been happening on it? [NewsOK]

What about the women?

We haven’t talked much about it, but Jim Littell has the OSU Cowgirls into double-digit wins already as well.

If the Cowgirls are going to win ten or more games in the remaining schedule and achieve the 20-win mark for the fourth consecutive season, it will build a strong resume entering tournament season. Garnering votes in the latest polls shows Littell and his team are starting to get the nation’s attention. [CRFF]

This really could be a banner year for Oklahoma State sports in general. What if football wins 10, both basketball teams win 20, baseball wins 40 and wrestling wins a national title? I wonder how many schools have ever done that.

I’m here for this.

These are so great.

More OSU

Fun photos from Tuesday’s pep rally

More PFB

Trae Young’s father says OSU is still in the mix … Comparing Underwood’s start to Travis Ford’s first year … Oklahoma State is a top 25 academics team according to TIME … 12K tickets already sold to OSU’s B12 opener against WVU … QB1 and The President explain their decisions to come back to Stillwater.

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