POLL: Is Oklahoma State Better Or Worse Than Last Year?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This week’s poll question might seem absurd at the outset given that OSU is 2-2, but I encourage you to take a few minutes to think about it. Is this year’s Oklahoma State football team better or worse than last year’s Oklahoma State football team? Carson and I discussed talent levels a little bit in our podcast on Monday, and I think a lot of your answer to this question depends on how you view Baylor this year (and maybe Pitt and CMU).As always, results and commentary will be posted on Wednesday.Today’s poll question is this year’s #okstate football team is ___________ than last year’s team.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 27, 2016last_img read more

Poll Results: 60 Percent of OSU Fans Think 2016 Team Worse Than 2015

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I was curious to see what OSU fans are thinking after four games this year. The sky has felt at times like it’s falling, but I was actually encouraged by the way OSU played down in Waco last weekend despite the loss. Of course this time last season OSU was also 4-0 and on the verge of six more in a row.Wins and loss so often affect the way we view teams (and they should of course), but sometimes they don’t tell the entire story. It matters who you play. It matters how you won or lost. No rational person would say that a team that lost 12 games in a row to Alabama by the score of 30-29 and is 0-12 is definitively worse than a team that beat Kansas 12 times in a row 45-0.These things are difficult to decipher which is why the discussion is fun. I happen to think this year’s team is slightly better (or at least more talented) though I believe I underestimated the value of The General inside the red zone on offense. Did you see what Mike Gundy said about Texas’ two QB system on Monday?“Swoopes brings another dimension to the table. So, I’m guessing they feel like, in certain circumstances, he’s the best chance to be successful,” said Gundy. “That’s why we used two players last year, and I think it’s a great scheme. I wish that we had it and they didn’t.”Pretty interesting. So yeah, I think this year’s team, despite its 2-2 record, is mildly better than last year’s team. Last year’s team basically played one dominant game (and boy was it a dominant game) and won all of its coin flips. We should have seen the reversion to the mean coming, I suppose, even if we didn’t want to.Onto the comments (also for those wondering about why I only put the polls on Twitter — it makes implementation into the site much easier which will be a big deal come December … stay tuned). Today’s poll question is this year’s #okstate football team is ___________ than last year’s team.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 27, 2016Mark: I say they are the same because the defense seems the same as at the end of last year, maybe even a little worse. There are positives, sure, but stats don’t lie… we are in the bottom three of the ENTIRE FBS in big plays allowed?! That isn’t going to get it done, especially when playing the likes of T-Tech or West Virginia.On the offensive side, there are progressions in the run game, but the passing game seems largely unchanged to me. More yards gained perhaps, but Rudolph seems to have regressed in certain respects. I dunno, he played well in Baylor but I need to see that become consistent before I change my mind on his regression.Nate: This year’s team is really 3-1 and probably played better against Baylor on Saturday than compared to any of the first 4 games of 2015. This year’s team is definitely better, but it’s just hard to tell how much.Chris: We didn’t lose to CMU so I’d say we are the same. Baylor is a bad matchup for us. We lost to them last year and it wasn’t much of a contest. We aren’t in any different shape than last year. Running game looks like it might be improved from a year ago as well. Turnovers kill though.PF: The team as a whole is better. The coaching as a whole is worse. The luck is much worse. The bounces that made us look better than we were last year are making us look worse than we are this year. Ain’t karma a female dog?!?Eric: We’re an untimed down from being a one loss team against a team that they were capable of beating. Just need to execute.Daniel: We are better this year.. Just more unlucky this year as well..last_img read more

Glenn Spencer’s Move to the Coaches Box Could be Permanent

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State was missing some sideline flair on Saturday against the Horns. And no, Mike Gundy didn’t cut his mullet. The always animated Glenn Spencer, who coordinates Oklahoma State’s defense, moved from the sideline to the booth for the Longhorns for the first time this season. A move that was made by Mike Gundy after the Cowboy defense was gashed a week ago in Waco to the tune of 387 yards through the air and nine plays of more than 30 yards.“With the style of play that we see in this league,it’s much easier to get a feel for what the offense is doing if you look down and see it,” Gundy said after the Cowboys win on Saturday.Through the first half on Saturday, though, it was Spencer with an aerial view of his defense giving up a number of big plays that gave up 25 points at the half.Perhaps the biggest benefit from his birds eye view was his ability to see things unfold from a high-level perspective. If so, it certainly worked. Oklahoma State’s defense tightened up in the second half, allowing just 6 second half points.“It’s a lot more calm,” Spencer said of his new view in the box. “There are advantages and disadvantages to both and an argument for either. Last week (at Baylor) with so much going with personnel, Coach (Gundy) said let’s get you up there and see if you can see better and you can. You can see things better. I have to have confidence in my guys on the sideline thought, for the emotional part. They have to keep the juice up.”Although Spencer’s exuberant personality will surely be missed, the move to the box could be a permanent one if the results continue.On if the move was permanent for him, Spencer thinks it likely will be. “If I had to guess, we’re 1-0 right now so yes. Coach (Gundy) is right, it was his idea because a couple times last week I was bumping into people and it was chaotic. But, you give up something for more advantages.”last_img read more

Majority Of OSU Fans Believe a 7-2 Record Wins The Big 12

first_imgI wanted to gauge everyone’s optimism on OSU winning the Big 12 in a different way this week: By gauging what record everyone thinks will win the Big 12. For the past five years, it has been 8-1 every year. Here’s a look at all five of those final standings.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-00-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-15-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-26-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-38-pm screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-2-17-50-pmLike I noted last week, OSU has played on the final weekend of the season three times in the last five years to win the Big 12 title. That’s astonishing. Could this year be 2013 all over again where you lost a game you shouldn’t have on the road and still end up playing for all the conference marbles on December 3? Most of you think OSU could even lose another game and still have a chance.The issue for me here is I’m having a hard time coming up with two losses for OU. Their record is not great, but UH and Ohio State are great which is precisely why the 2-2 exists. They do have defensive issues, but who doesn’t? I’ve gone back and forth between 7-2 and 8-1 a lot, but I guess I’ll go with the majority here and say 7-2 which means OSU really could be playing again for the Big 12 title in the last game of the season.Your thoughts and comments below.Tuesday poll question … What will the conference record of the Big 12 winner be?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 4, 2016Mark: I say 7-2. The conference stinks in relation to other conferences, but there is significant parity within the conference. It’s a shame to see the Big 12 devolve like it has, but it does make for some nail-biting football.Jerry: Possible 8-1, realistically 7-2. And hope not 6-3. My gut is if our O-line keeps improving with the defense putting in more time tweaking loose spots a little more. We can win out.Brad: I think OU is going to win the league at 8-1 (9-3). There defense may have issues but that offense is going to be a nightmare.Tre: I think OU will drop one to either Baylor or West Virginia. We can win out. I say we end up having another de facto championship Bedlam game. Good for both state schools and shows yet again the strength of the league is in the state of Oklahoma where it should be. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State 1945 Football Team Awarded National Championship by AFCA

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Oklahoma State Cowboys can now boast a national championship in football.The American Football Coaches Association recently announced that OSU has been retroactively named as football national champions for the 1945 season..@WeAreAFCA recognizes @CowboyFB as 1945 National Championhttps://t.co/YXzkSdVNYJ#okstate pic.twitter.com/bZSzzC1X2x— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) October 13, 2016 “After gathering all the pertinent information and doing our due diligence, it is the pleasure of our panel of coaches to officially recognize Oklahoma State’s 1945 championship season with the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry.The 1945 Aggies went 9-0 under head coach Jim Lookabaugh and finished the season with a 33-13 win over St. Mary’s in the Sugar Bowl. Bob Fenimore led the nation in both rushing and total offense and also ranked top 15 in the nation in rushing yards, passing yards, scoring and punting. The Aggies also featured All-American Neill Armstrong and All-Missouri Valley Conference player J.C. Colhouer.With this announcement, OSU becomes the first school to earn a national championship in both football and men’s basketball in the same academic year. According to OSU Athletics, the school now has 56 national championships, which keeps them at first in the Big 12 and fourth among all Division I schools.Read the full AFCA announcement here.last_img read more

Why Mike Gundy Is ‘Comfortable’ With Where OSU Is At

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy spoke with the media for a few minutes on Wednesday, and he said something interesting about where OSU currently sits in the Big 12 (4-2 overall, 2-1 in the league). It was a grade of sorts, which we have been handing out this week on the blog. And it wasn’t a bad one.“I’m comfortable with where we are,” said Gundy. “We’ve played pretty well at times and if we didn’t we were able to identify why we played well and find a solution. If there’s a solution to the issues we have in every phase of the game, then I’m OK with that because we can coach and teach it, and the players are committing themselves to getting better.“I’m not very relaxed when I don’t have an answer for what would be football that’s not quite up to par. We’ve got young men who are committed and we’ve been able to identify our problems at times and we have answers for it. That’s coaching, and I enjoy that part of the game.” Did you hear that? “If there’s a solution to the issues we have … then I’m OK with that because we can coach and teach it.” That’s pretty interesting. It’s true that OSU has “solved” its problems at running back, patched up the offensive line, improved the special teams and gotten within three plays of being 6-0.“It’s just game by game,” added Glenn Spencer. “Every game, I pick out some things we have done well and some things we have done poor. Obviously, the things we have done poor have produced big gains and points. It is a game by game deal. I think if we get some of those things corrected, we have a big ceiling that we are not close to reaching yet.”I’m not sure I totally buy what Gundy and Spencer are selling here. I would not be relaxed at all about the thought of Pat Mahomes, Kenny Trill and Baker Mayfield carving up what has been a below-average secondary thus far. Or the grind about to be undertaken by a defense that, beyond the front four, is a little thinner than I would like it to be.I get what he’s saying, and I think angst over a 4-2 record is silly when OSU could very easily be 6-0. But then again, it could just as easily be 2-4 (gulp). OSU has lacked that dominant gene that great teams have since the 2011 season. Even in 2013 and 2015 when it won 10 games, it rarely threw down the gauntlet and said “we’re going to rock.” There are a handful of games (2015 TCU, 2013 Baylor), but that hasn’t happened as often as most of us would like.Still, I trust what Gundy has done and is doing, and if he thinks they are able to fix their issues internally then I’m good with that. I just wish they would start doing it in the first half of games instead of waiting until the end of the third quarter.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer’s Defenses Among Nation’s Best at Forcing Turnovers

first_img201333181.15T410-3 We can see a direct correlation between turnover margin and wins and losses. In fact, during Spencer’s time in office, OSU is 24-3 (!) in games in which they won the turnover battle.So what about that 2014 season? Did the Cowboys’ worst year in seven fall squarely on Spencer’s shoulders? Not exactly. The Cowboys graduated 17 defenders the season before, including Justin Gilbert, Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis. Those three accounted for 14 of OSU’s 21 interceptions in 2013.More importantly, OSU lost its starting quarterback in the second game of the season and was starting from scratch in terms of offensive line depth. If your offense can’t exceed three consecutive snaps before trotting back to the sideline, your defense is going to get stretched thin and become ineffective — especially when you’re they’re trying to slow down the Bryce Pettys and Trevone Bokins of the world.One thing this 2017 defense has in common with 2013 — the team it should hope to emulate — is that they’ve got the most seniors on defense since Spencer took over. His opportunistic 2013 squad had 13. He had eight in 2014. Followed by nine and eight in 2015 and 2016. But Spencer will embrace 14 of his guys on senior night 2017.Mike Gundy has built this program into a perennial Big 12 contender and they’re stacked at several positions moving forward. But record-setting quarterback-wide receiver duos don’t come along every year. And let’s not ignore the coaching change due south on I-35. One of these years, Texas might prove their preseason hype-mongers right? Tom Herman will have something to say about that now that he’s taken over.The Cowboys enter this fall with a fully installed second defensive scheme, as well. They’ve had all offseason to learn the three-man front they found some success with down the stretch in 2016. They’ve also made some position changes that may help, as well.Let’s hope Spencer’s 2017 defense can “take it back” like his 2013 group did. The Cowboys will need it they want to live up to some gaudy expectations. YearTOs GainedTOs LostMarginNational RankRecord 201528151.00T410-3 The headline probably won’t shock many of you. Oklahoma State’s defenders have been touting their “We’re Takin’ It Back” mantra for years. And it’s been a huge part of their defensive identity.So when CoachingSearch.com complied a list of college football’s top-20 defensive playcallers at forcing turnovers, Spencer was predictably included. The list ranks the best among FBS teams by average takeaways from 2013 to now.Coincidentally, that time frame corresponds with Spencer’s tenure as lead man on defense. He lands at No. 7 on the list with his teams averaging 1.92 takeaways per game. The Cowboys hold a record of 37-15 during that time. That’s just behind the likes of Gary Patterson and Phil Bennett and ahead of defensive coordinators like Brent Venables and Manny Diaz.AdChoices广告Winning the turnover battle goes a long way towards winning a game, no matter who you are. But when you field some of the explosive offenses Spencer’s crew has faced on the practice field, you want to get them as many extra possessions as possible.This defense is going to pitch very few shutouts. We know that. They’re going to give up some yards and some points. But when they dispossess other teams and defend the red zone well, this style of defense can be very effective.Here’s a breakdown of Spencer’s defenses when it comes to turnover margin.center_img 20141422-0.621117-6 201625140.85T1010-3 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more