Friday, November 20, 2009

Oklahoma State is going to need some help in the BCS

In this weeks BCS standings the Oklahoma State Cowboys made a big jump from 19th to 12th place after their win against Texas Tech. I would bet that the Cowboys won't be moving up in next weeks polls. Yeah, the Cowboys did win last night against the Colorado Buffaloes, but it wasn't pretty and they had to come from behind to win.

Colorado is awful this year and the 12th ranked Cowboys had a lot of trouble against them. Granted Oklahoma State was playing without their starting quarterback, Zac Robinson but even without Zac most people thought that the Cowboys would be able to win easily over the lowly Buffaloes.

If it wasn't for the 3rd string quarterback, Brandon Weeden coming in after half time and providing the spark to the OSU offense that they needed, it's likely that the 'Boys would have lost this game, and badly.

OSU is going to need a lot of help if they want to break into the top 10 in the BCS. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if the Cowboys lose a couple of spots after that dismal performance against Colorado.

But there is hope.

The 11th ranked Oregon Ducks travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats who were recently ranked in the polls and are having a pretty decent year. Can the Wildcats pull off the upset over the Ducks? Cowboy fans sure hope so.

Ohio State is ranked 10th and they are playing against Michigan at Michigan. Michigan started off fast but have struggled in Big Ten play. Although the Wolverines' season has gone done the crapper this game should be a pretty good game.

9th ranked Pittsburgh has the weekend off.

Les Miles and 8th ranked LSU travel to Oxford to take on Ole Miss who just whooped up on Tennessee last week. Ole Miss was once ranked 4th this year but have struggled since then but are starting to improve of late. LSU might want to watch out.

Georgia Tech, ranked 7th has the weekend off.

6th ranked Boise State takes on Utah State tonight and as I'm watching this game right now it's 14-14 halfway through the second quarter. Can the Aggies pull off the upset?

5th ranked Cincinnati has the weekend off.

4th ranked TCU takes on lowly Wyoming in Laramie. The Hornfrogs should win pretty easily.

3rd ranked Texas host the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas has struggled a lot this year and there are a lot of rumblings coming out of Lawrence. Look for Texas to blow them out.

Alabama takes on powder puff Chattanooga. Easy win for the 2nd ranked Crimson Tide.

Number one Florida takes on cream puff Florida International for an easy win.

It's not likely but it could be possible for the Pokes to move up in the BCS, but the Cowboys are going to need a lot of help from some struggling teams to upset the top ranked teams in the nation. If you're a Cowboy fan you're cheering for the underdogs this weekend.

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Oklahoma State Report Card vs Colorado

PhotobucketOffense: C
Rushing: A
Passing: C

Could Oklahoma State's offense be any worse during the first half against Colorado? Especially in the passing game. Oklahoma State's backup quarterback Alex Cate, who was starting in place of Zac Robinson who was being held out of the game for precautionary reasons, was absolutely dreadful, going 0 for 9 with an interception. He could of had three more interception's but luckily the Colorado defensive backs couldn't keep their hands on the ball.

Luckily, Coach Mike Gundy made a switch at quarterback to Brandon Weeden who came in and did a decent job at leading the Cowboy offense. Weeden went 10 of 15 for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.

The rushing offense was the usual solid self. Keith Totson lead the way with 172 yards on the ground with one touchdown. Kendall Hunter came in and ran for 47 yards. Overall the Cowboy's ran for 232 yards.

Defense: B

The Cowboy defense was only allowing 20 points per game coming into the game but they gave up 28 points to the lowly Buffaloes. The 7th ranked rush defense was the usual solid self only giving up 13 rushing yards. That's 73 yards less than their average allowed per game.

The downfall to the Pokes defense is in the passing game. They were ranked 92nd in the nation in passing defense giving up 244 yards per game. That didn't change much last night as the Buffaloes were able to pass for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Special Teams: C

The special teams started out with a bang as Perrish Cox ran back the first punt of the ball game for a touchdown for the first score of the game.

Dan Bailey went 1 for 2 in field goals, hitting his first attempt at 30 yards. Unfortunately he had a later attempt blocked.

The bad news for the Cowboys special teams was that they gave up a 98 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, just seconds after they scored the go ahead touchdown.

Overall this was a pretty scary game for the Cowboys and their fans. Of course the offense struggled without the starting quarterback Zac Robinson in the line up but they're going to have to improve upon some things if they hope to defeat the Sooners in Norman next week.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson is nominated for the Unitas Award

PhotobucketThe Oklahoma State Cowboys' quarterback Zac Robinson, has been nominated for another award. This time he has been nominated for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given to the top senior quarterback in college football.

Zac has thrown for 1,922 yards and 15 touchdowns this year and has lead the Cowboys to an 8-2 record. Just think of what his stats would be if Dez Bryant would have played more than just a couple of games this year.

The other finalists for the award are Colt McCoy, Texas; Tim Tebow, Florida; Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan; and Thaddeus Lewis, Duke.

The winner will be announced on December the 11th.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Zac Robinson gets jacked up!

I just wanted to post and share the video of the Oklahoma State Cowboys' quarterback Zac Robinson getting jacked up by Jamar Wall late in the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday night. As you can see, Zac fumbles the ball and gives Tech the chance to march down the field and score the game tying touchdown, but the Poke's defense stepped up to the task and kept the Red Raiders from scoring.

After seeing that hit, it was surprising that both players were alright and were able to get up and walk off the field. I don't see how Zac didn't get a concussion cause judging by the way he looked when he was going to the locker room didn't look good, at all.

Apparently he is ok though cause Head Coach Mike Gundy said that he was anticipating Zac playing on Thursday night when Colorado comes to Stillwater.

The Cowboys need Robinson on field if they hope to win the most games in school history this year and especially if they want to defeat the Sooners in Norman.

We shall see.

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OSU's Perrish Cox named defensive player of the week

PhotobucketThe Oklahoma State Cowboys' cornerback Perrish Cox has been named the Big 12's defensive player of the week for his outstanding performance against the Texas Tech Red Raiders this past Saturday night.

Cox had two interceptions in the game including a key one in the endzone to help stop a Red Raider scoring drive. He also had 4 tackles and 3 pass defensed. Cox is now leading the nation in passes defended with 2.11 per game.

Perrish was also named as a Thorpe Award semifinalist a couple of weeks ago. The Thorpe Award is awarded to the nations best defensive back. He's surely making a case for the award with his play on the much improved defense of the Cowboys.

He'll look to continue to play good defense this Thursday night with the Buffaloes of Colorado come to Stillwater.

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Oklahoma State Report Card vs Texas Tech

PhotobucketOffense: B
Passing: C
Rushing: A-

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are lucky that there are two halves of a football game, cause if we were just grading the first half you would have to give the 'Boys an F, perhaps a D at the most. They were awful, plain and simple. For one thing the offensive line had only given up four sacks all year long. They gave up 3 sacks in the first half. Terrible.

The running game wasn't that much better. The Cowboys are the top running team in the Big 12 and they only rushed for 36 yards in the first half and only had 95 total yards of offense.

The second half was another story. The offense and particularly the offensive line came alive and marched up and down the field on long time consuming drives. They rushed for 207 yards in the second half for 243 rushing yards total.

Zac Robinson led the rushing attack with 99 yards, which is good cause he only throw for 90 yards. The passing game left something to be desired...

Defense: A

You have to like the way the Pokes played defense against the high flying offense of Texas Tech. The Cowboys held Tech to just 357 total yards of offense. Tech was averaging nearly 470 yards of offense per game. They average 418.6 yards passing and the Cowboys defense held them to just 307 yards. The rushing defense was solid only allowing 50 yards rushing. Although Texas Tech is not really that much of a rushing team.

The Red Raiders were also scoring nearly 40 points a game and the Pokes only let them score 17. This was also a major improvement from the last couple of years when the Cowboys gave up 56 points in 2008 and and 45 points in 2007.

Special Teams: C

This grade might seem a little low but there really wasn't anything of not to speak of in the special teams area.

Perrish Cox didn't have that great of a day returning kicks and punts. There were no big gains in that area.

Dan Bailey did make his field goal and all the extra points. Quinn Sharp was ok in the punting game averaging 41 yards for his six punts, but he did have a wounded duck of a punt that could have been a lot better.

Overall the grades are pretty good for the Cowboys against the Red Raiders. It was a well played and a hard fought game. Luckily for the Cowboys their defense are stepping up their play this year and helped to shut down Tech. Good game 'Boys, now get focused on those lowly Colorado Buffaloes for when they come to town this Thursday.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Oklahoma State make a big move in the BCS standings

PhotobucketThe Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-2, 5-1) moved up to the number 12 spot in the latest BCS standings released earlier today. They were previously ranked 19th. That's a pretty good jump. Luckily for us there were a lot of ranked teams with loses this past Saturday to help us move up like we did.

We also moved up to 12th place in the AP Top 25 poll and 13th place in the Coaches poll.

The Cowboys don't have long to savor that tough win that they were able to get over the Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-4, 3-3) as they have to turn around quickly and prepare for the Colorado Buffaloes (3-7, 2-4) on Thursday night, the 19th.

The big question this week is, will Zack Robinson be able to play against Colorado? Zack took a huge hit near the end of the game when he was trying to take the ball into the endzone and collided with a Tech defensive back. Both players remained on the ground for some time before the finally got up. Zack looked like he took the worse of the hit as he needed a little help to reach the locker room.

Coach Mike Gundy has said that he anticipates that Zack will play on Thursday, so I assume that he didn't get a concussion. From the way he looked while walking off the field that is what I thought he had. But hopefully that's not the case and he will be fine.

The Cowboys are going to need Zack around if we want to finish the season out with wins. They could possibly get past the lowly Buffaloes without him, but they definitely need him if they hope to defeat the Sooners in Norman at the end of the month.

Let's see if the Cowboys can improve upon what they were able to do Saturday night against the Red Raiders and if the defense will be able to continue playing at the high level they have been playing at lately.

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