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The CFB Playoff committee’s conundrum

Hey Bill Simmons’ site took up OSU’s cause this week.

The ones who could unskew this weird situation are instead taking the path of least resistance. The committee could anger multiple fan bases by bumping Oklahoma State up the rankings, which would then also draw attention to the biggest refereeing blunder of the season and subvert the work of officials everywhere. Or the committee could tell us it’s impossible to argue with wins and losses, even though arguing wins and losses is the entire point of the committee in the first place. [Ringer]

The part I can’t reconcile is if I’m in the business of arguing for OSU’s loss not mattering, then the natural logic says I’m in the business of saying teams should be determined based on how they play which, in this case, does not help me as OSU played horribly against a crappy team.

Getting Turnovers is paramount

I mean, yes, obviously, but did you know the company OSU keeps?

Only Ohio State, Alabama and Louisville have scored more points off turnovers this season than the Cowboys. The Pokes are going to struggle to keep Baker Mayfield and co. from making their plays; Mike Gundy admitted as much on Monday. The key is whether the Cowboy defense can make their plays, as well. Behind Vincent Taylor, Jordan Sterns and Ramon Richards, Oklahoma State has been tremendous all year at creating big defensive plays. They’re going to need a couple Saturday in Norman to pull off the upset. [ESPN]

I did not realize that list of teams getting points off turnovers was so short. Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville. Wow.

The President Elect

Not Trump. James Washington. OU has respect.

In Week 3, he shredded the Panthers for 296 receiving yards, which remains the largest receiving output of any Power 5 receiver this season. No active wideout has more career touchdown receptions than Washington’s 25, either.

“A great receiver,” said Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas, who figures to be matched up on Washington early and often Saturday. “He plays the ball in the air well, and wins his fair share of the 50-50 balls. And he’s a bigger guy, he’s just more physical. And on top of that he can run. “He has the whole game.”

I’m excited to see what No. 28 can do to a beleaguered OU secondary. Gonna be so much abuse we might have to bring Justice in to close.

Truck-stick Carson

Good article here on Chris Carson. Odd that he doesn’t recognize his own ability.

“We kind of joked about it in the running backs room, who’s what, what kind of runner?” Carson said. That’s when Carson received an awakening. “Some of the other running backs started saying, ‘I’ve never seen you run over somebody. And you’re squatting and lifting all this weight,’” Carson said. “So that’s something I’ve been trying to prove. And it’s working out.” [NewsOK]

If I looked like Carson does, I’d run people over just going to class.

Mason Rudolph, massive trash talker?

Jenni Carlson on the Rudolph-Mayfield rivalry.

Mayfield and Rudolph are already hearing it from each other. Mayfield is known as more of the say-anything guy, but he insists Rudolph is a sneaky trash talker. “He gets his in,” Mayfield said with a smile. “Mason can put on a show for the media, but he gets his in. There’s no doubt about that.” Mason Rudolph, flamethrower? “I throw my flames,” Rudolph said with a laugh. “But I do it privately. No need for y’all to see it.” [NewsOK]

Not the first time I’ve heard this. Would love to see Rudolph unhinged with Mayfield next spring after a Big 12 title.

Mason Rudolph’s “stuff”

I love this from Mike Yurcich on Mason Rudolph.

Rudolph is up there, Yurcich said, adding he and [former college teammate] Borchert have an “it” factor. Rudolph’s confidence as a true freshman in only his second game still stands out to Yurcich. “There’s that certain thing whenever a guy makes a mistake that he comes back stronger; I think Rudolph has that ability,” Yurcich said. “I think he has something about him that wants to prove to himself and everybody else that he was better than that mistake and he comes back with an edge to him. He never backs down. He loves the moment.” [O’Colly]

I love that last line. He loves the moment. You can tell, too.

Sinor for Heisman

Anybody going to take up the cause with me?

She saw the “special” Carnley was talking about when OSU offered her son a full scholarship during Zach’s senior season. “That’s in our heads for all these years,” Valerie said. “And here we are. “That’s when you kinda go to your knees and say, ‘How blessed can we be?” [O’Colly]

What Makes Justice great

On how Justice Hill’s dad has helped him with nutrition and sleep and how Hill never hit the freshman wall.

Meanwhile, Hill worked on getting his body ready for college football. Derrick has studied nutrition most of his life and healthy eating was a priority in the Hill household. He did not drink soda and steered away from acidic foods. Hill drinks alkaline water, which is supposed to help prevent injuries. Eating and sleeping well have perhaps been the secret behind how Hill has remained so durable as a freshman. [Tulsa World]

I could not be more impressed with a freshman. Heck, that’s impressive for a 10-year NFL player!

Stoops player abuse tree?

Kevin Wilson was fired at Indiana on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, however, a former Indiana player’s father told ESPN that his son suffered a concussion in practice shortly before the 2015 season and was rushed back to workouts, causing his symptoms to intensify. [ESPN]

Another thing I appreciate about Gundy. Does he run an uber-clean program? I have no idea, it seems like it. But I do think if it’s dirty, it’s not because he’s making dudes play through injuries or locking them in sheds.

 

More PFB

Dez ties Michael Irvin’s Cowboys TD total … How could Bedlam affect the recruiting landscape …  Three matchups to watch including Ramon vs. DedeThree stats to know for Bedlam (this is very good) … How Gundy would solve the CFB Playoff … Does Mike Gundy have an OU problem?

I loved this.

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