Man, how things can change. A couple weeks ago, most Pokes fans, myself included, wanted to simply cancel the rest of the season. And then on a rainy night in Waco Texas Mason Rudolph waltzed out onto the field and acted like he did not give any of the fucks that he was facing one of the best statistical defenses in the conference. Suddenly, OSU fans have a little hope.
I have to say, I found it a little funny to watch everyone bitch about how it was crazy that Gundy was going to remove Rudolph’s redshirt before the game, and then how a lot of the same people turned right around and acted like Gundy was an idiot for not wasting the red shirt earlier. Personally I’ve been pushing for Rudolph since halftime of the TCU game (ask my dad, who I’m sure was partially glad to see the true freshman in the game just so he wouldn’t have to get so many texts from me about it!). In any case, I’m glad Gundy finally came around.
Bedlam looms next week. I dread it more and look forward to it more than any other game of the year. I might even say I look forward to it even more than most holidays. Actually, hell, I totally do. Back when I was growing up it was always this week, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I wish it still was. Oh well.
Last week: 2-1 (.666)
Overall: 51-14 (.784)
No. 5 TCU 30, Texas 28. I recall the last time I pulled for Texas on Thanksgiving: 2011, when they sent the Aggies packing to the SEC with one final loss. I know I get up on my soapbox about this every year, but the fact that this game is between TCU and Texas, while A&M will play LSU the same day, is absolute and utter horse shit. Horse shit. Both teams need to eat crow and PLAY. Because TCU and Texas just ain’t the same kind of fun. Here’s a stat: while in the Southwest Conference, Texas once beat the Horned Frogs 24 times in a row, from 1968-1991. That’s insane. They have a good chance to upset Gary Patterson’s squad this weekend, though I think TCU keeps its CFP hopes alive in the end.
West Virginia 38, Iowa State 17. The Mountaineers have lost three in a row, falling so far it’s almost hard to believe that they were right in the thick of the conference race just a few weeks ago. Ball control has been a major issue–WVU has turned it over 11 times in the past three games. Iowa State on the other hand, is coming off a rough loss against Texas Tech.
No. 7 Baylor 63, Texas Tech 14. You know what would be magnificent? If Tech could somehow pull off a major upset against the Baptists in Arlington this weekend. But it will not happen. Of note: Tech owns the all time head-to-head advantage in this series by a slim margin of 36-35-1. A win by Baylor will even it out, and should set up a mammoth matchup between the Bears and K-State next weekend.
Kansas 7, No. 12 Kansas State 51. Some stats for you on the Sunflower Showdown: these two teams have played each other every year since 1911. It’s the sixth-longest running active series in NCAA football. Despite the fact that this is the 103rd year in a row that the two teams have played, only once (once!) in the entire history of the series have both teams been ranked at the time of the contest. This was in 1995, which, if you’re counting, was 19 years ago. The Jayhawks have not won in Manhattan since 2007, and have only ever beaten a ranked K-State team once. It is worth noting here that Kansas owns the series edge 65-41-5 (though this is, of course, disputed by K-State, who only count 64 victories for the Jayhawks), which means that Kansas beat unranked Kansas State teams 64 times, which just goes to show you just how bad football was in Manhattan until Bill Snyder showed up back in 1989. Snyder himself owns a 18-4 record against KU. Like the Bedlam rivalry here in Oklahoma, these two schools hate each other’s guts, although I suspect the victories are sweeter for the Ag school, whereas KU fans, like OU fans with their “true rivals” the Horns, like to pretend that Mizzou is a bigger deal. In any case, K-State will take home the Governor’s Cup with ease this weekend.
OFF: OSU, OU.