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Daily Mullets (December 15)



Where does Vegas rank Oklahoma State?

Barely in the top 25.

While analytics certainly affects the betting markets in 2016, the closing spreads also consider a vast array of subjective knowledge about football. People who invest in the betting markets watch football and make the appropriate adjustments. This inclusion of subjective knowledge is most interesting in evaluating teams like Penn State who have greatly exceeded their preseason expectation. We’ll see how the Nittany Lions rank below. [Football Study Hall]

Vegas also has Penn State at No. 20. I vote that we start using this method to determine our playoff teams because why not?

OU’s priorities

An evisceration.

Do I think David Boren hates women? No. Do I think Joe Castiglione hates women? Bob Stoops? No and no. But they’re doing a damn poor job of showing people how they really feel. Instead, they’re sending a message to all women that is so clear it might as well be on the giant new video board everyone is so proud of. We. Don’t. Care. [OU Daily]

I still think Mike Gundy booting Tyreek as soon as he found out the details is one of his most underrated great moves.

The Best Big 12 performances of 2016

No. 5 on the list is Mason Rudolph against WVU.

This wasn’t Rudolph’s highest-graded game, or even his second-highest. But it makes it this high on the list because of the opponent. West Virginia was unbeaten going into this game and had gotten that record by shutting down opponents’ passing attacks. All Rudolph did was go 26-for-32 on aimed passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns in leading his team to a 37-20 victory. He didn’t make a single dangerous pass all game. In fact, of those 32 aimed throws he was only downgraded on a single one, missing in front of his receiver. He picked apart the Mountaineers when they blitzed him, completing 12-of-17 passes for 130 yards and all three touchdowns. [PFF]

I would have ranked his Kansas State game ahead of this, but he was pretty awesome on Homecoming.

TV Unkind to Bedlam foes

Some pretty startling numbers here for OSU and OU.

TV ratings for OU and OSU football telecasts are down significantly since 2013, the highest-rated season in recent years. Early kickoffs and FS1 telecasts have hindered the school’s ratings. OSU’s average rating in kickoffs before noon this season, excluding Bedlam, was 12.7. The Cowboys’ four FS1 telecasts averaged just 11.4. FS1, which launched in August 2013, is in fewer homes than ESPN and ESPN2 and is generally not competitive with those networks in the ratings. [NewsOK]

The Thunder also likely play a role here (you only have so much screen time in you, right?), but this will also be part of the narrative when The Ringer publishes a 16,000-word oral history of the Big 12’s demise in eight years.

Kansas on Thanksgiving?

Berry Tramel notes that while all the 2017 Big 12 games are currently slated on Saturdays, some of them could potentially be moved, including OSU-Kansas.

The  Nov. 25 games that could be moved a day earlier, to Thanksgiving Friday, are West Virginia at OU, Kansas at OSU, Baylor at TCU, Iowa State at Kansas State and Texas Tech at Texas. The Longhorns for many years have reestablished their tradition of playing on Thanksgiving night or Thanksgiving Friday. [NewsOK]

Sitting for four hours in the freezing cold the day after Thanksgiving to watch OSU-Kansas?

Colorado DC hired to Oregon

Colorado is losing the leader of its best unit right before the bowl game.

Leavitt joined Mike MacIntyre’s Colorado staff before the 2015 season. In MacIntyre’s first two seasons at Colorado, the Buffaloes had gone 6-18 and allowed 38.6 points per game. Then Leavitt showed up to fix the defense, and his presence paid dividends right away. [CBS Sports]

Also, this is nuts.

Highlights from last night.

More PFB

Spencer Sanders junior highlights.

More Stuff I’m Reading

Evan McMullin on the Keeping it 1600 pod was great … A look at OSU’s early enrollees … Five thoughts on OSU’s win over APB … Notebook on the APB game … OSU jumps to No. 21 in 2017 basketball recruiting rankings.

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