Breaking Down the Oklahoma State Schedule (Part 1)

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. We have nine days until the season starts. This is not a drill. We are in the single digits.Let’s walk through the schedule over the next week or so and force a 12-0 record upon the Cowboys objectively evaluate where we think Oklahoma State will be after each quarter of the season. This is not meant to be a deep dive into each team (that will come later) — simply a general overview of what we can reasonably expect going into 2016.Game 1: Southeastern LouisianaSoutheastern Louisiana lost to Incarnate Word last year 16-2. They gained 204 total yards. These numbers are not made up. You could theoretically draw names out of a hat to play QB (now starting … Amen Ogbongbemiga!) and still win by five touchdowns. The only drama here will be which table Mason Rudolph gets at Murphy’s.Record: 1-0Game 2: Central MichiganThis should be another steamrolling although CMU was surprisingly frisky last year in the opener (and they have their stud QB Cooper Rush back for his senior year). You get them at home though so the rout should be thorough and all-encompassing. I do like the rhythm you get this year going into Big 12 season. Your level of difficult rises with each game before the Baylor-Texas duo to close out September/open up October.Record: 2-0Game 3: PittsburghPittsburgh is good, not great (love to play the game though!). A quick scan of their 2015 schedule shows that they only played two ranked teams last season (Notre Dame and Navy) and got beat by a combined 28 points. So again, good not great. Return a senior QB (who started out at Tennessee) and a sophomore running back who sniffed 1,200 yards (must be nice!). Interestingly both OSU and Pitt allowed 5.69 yards per play on defense last season. I would expect OSU to win not a close game but a reasonably competitive one.Record: 3-0SummaryAnything worse than 3-0 going to Waco at the end of September is an abject failure. You have a glorified scrimmage, a game you win 9,999 times out of 10,000 and the ghost of Larry Fitzgerald (remember when he put up like 39 TDs on Texas A&M that one season?) to deal with.I’ve made it clear that I’m in favor of big boy non-conference games (i.e. Florida States and Mississippi States), but this is a fine September schedule. Nobody is really going to get super excited until the Baylor game, but if it helps thrust OSU into the CFB Playoff conversation in the middle of October, so be it.last_img read more

Bedlam Is (Once Again) Is the Big 12 Title Game

first_imgOU whipped West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday night 56 to 28 to move to 8-0 in the Big 12 this year. That leaves us with the following Big 12 records for the top three teams:Oklahoma: 8-0Oklahoma State: 7-1West Virginia: 5-2You know what that means, right? Yes, Bedlam on December 3 in Norman is the Big 12 championship game. In fact, here is every Big 12 title scenario. All of them. Right here. I made a huge spreadsheet of all the ways the Big 12 can play out over the final two weeks.screen-shot-2016-11-19-at-8-25-02-pmThere they are. Whichever team takes Bedlam, takes home a Big 12 trophy and probably a fifth-place finish in the CFB Playoff rankings (weeee!)The humorous part here is that if this was next season, the actual Big 12 title game would follow Bedlam and be a rematch of Bedlam no matter what happened in Bedlam. Good job, good effort, Big 12!That’s next year, though, and this is this year. And did you know that this is the fourth de facto Big 12 title game Oklahoma State will play under Mike Gundy since the Big 12 moved to 10 teams back in 2011?Here are the other results:2011 vs. Oklahoma: W 44-102013 vs. Oklahoma: L 33-242015 vs. Oklahoma: L 58-232016 vs. Oklahoma: ???Here are all the other teams that have played de facto Big 12 title games in the final week of the regular season with the outright conference crown on the line since the conference moved to 10 teams in 2011. Oklahoma State: 4Oklahoma: 3Baylor: 2Kansas State: 1Texas: 1Pretty shocking, right?Of course, they don’t mean much unless you close. And if Saturday’s rout of TCU was any indication, Oklahoma State is in a far better position this year than it was last year to get that done.“I like where they’re at,” said Gundy on Saturday after the game. “They train 342 days out of the year to get to this point. It’s their team. It’s been a heck of a transition from [earlier] in the season.”It really has been a revelation. From the OSU squad that “lost” to Central Michigan on a Hail Mary to this team that looks like it can go to Norman and ball with Bob Stoops’ smoking Sooners, I’ve enjoyed the ride. So has Gundy.“I know we’re healthier,” said Gundy. “Our team is playing with a lot of confidence. We’re going to play a good team. We’re playing a team that’s hot right now. They’re playing really good. Very active on offense. Looks to me like they’re playing better … on defense. It will be a great challenge for us.”As for that lingering backdoor playoff berth?“Nobody will ever convince me we didn’t get the win,” said Gundy. “I know Kirby had mentioned the committee feels a certain way about that game, but I think Kirby is playing poker and they see us as a 10-win team. That’s just my opinion.”As Mason Rudolph said earlier in the day, all you can control is what you can control. And OSU can control winning Bedlam and getting into one of the six big boy bowl games.I could not be more fired up for December 3. OSU is playing some of its best ball of the year. OU will enter on an eight-game winning streak. Dede Westbrook and James Washington will flex to see which is the best WR in the Big 12 (and maybe the country).The Mason Rudolph-Baker Mayfield bromance will be rekindled. Justice Hill and Chris Carson will try to usurp Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon as the Big 12’s best duo. Mike Stoops and Glenn Spencer trying to out-emote one another in the press box.The Mullet vs. Big Game Bob for the whole dang thing.It should be an all-timer. 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

Zach Crabtree Breaks Down Best OSU Plays of 2016

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 is fun. More of this, please. Zach Crabtree lists his top 10 offensive plays of the 2016 season and then breaks them down on film with Allison Gappa. His No. 1 surprised me (it would not have been the one I would have picked), but I loved the self-deprecation from the Kansas State game (“I had a terrible block on my part”) and the insight into various plays OSU ran throughout the year. Also, all the Texas plays!And I still can’t believe this happened (and that it might not have been his best November truck stick …)dec-22-2016-08-37-46last_img read more

Watch: Broadcasters Praise Oklahoma State Football Program

first_imgMichigan St99-56-064% TeamW-LWin % Florida113-44-072% Boise State132-26-084% TX Christian117-37-076% Wisconsin119-41-074% Texas104-50-068% Oregon119-38-076% Iowa93-61-060% Penn State107-47-070% BYU108-47-070% Missouri100-56-064% Florida St116-44-073% Clemson118-43-073% Whoo boy, I had to take a couple of laps around my neighborhood after watching this video summing up Mike Gundy’s last 12 seasons in Stillwater. ESPN’s Rece Davis and Fox Sports’ Tim Brando were asked for their thoughts about OSU football these days.“It’s a different deal,” said Davis. “The brand is now known. Oklahoma State is a brand name now. They’ve pushed their way into the upper echelon of college football. Now, I think they’re recognized as a perennial contender.”They are. Here is OSU’s record since Gundy took over in 2005. Exactly the same as … Texas. Notre Dame94-58-062% S Carolina93-61-060% W Virginia106-48-069% N Illinois99-60-062% LSU120-36-077% VA Tech113-48-070% Louisville99-53-065% Alabama135-28-083% App State29-19-060% Ohio State133-24-085% USC117-40-075% “The culture now is success,” said Gundy. “That’s what’s happened around here in the last five or six years. We’ve won so many football games. We’ve done so well in the classroom. They players just have success that’s instilled in them. We’re very proud of that. They look forward to competition. People from coast to coast respect Oklahoma State football.”Awesome. And the video is even better. Stanford99-55-064% Nebraska103-55-065% Cincinnati98-55-064% Navy102-54-065% Oklahoma123-36-077% Oklahoma St104-50-068% Georgia112-46-071% Houston103-54-066% Utah103-50-067% Michigan92-60-061% Auburn102-53-066% 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

10 months agoWoodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Woodward steps up Man Utd director of football search after Mourinho dismissalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are determined to find a Director of Football.United recognise the method of having the manager controlling every aspect of the footballing structure is not sustainable.And they want to find someone who can act as a liaison between the boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.The Evening Standard suggests that after parting with Jose Mourinho, United will search for a caretaker boss and a Director of Football.Candidates include the likes of Andrea Berta and Paul Mitchell. last_img

10 months ago​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea target Koulibaly close to signing Napoli contractby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli are close to securing their star centre-back to a new contract.Tuttomercatoweb reports that Kalidou Koulibaly will be signing a new deal that will give him a wage of €6 million per year.And the most important story is that his deal will not have a release clause.Koulibaly is wanted by both Manchester United and Chelsea.But his club are adamant he will stay, insisting they would even reject bids close to 100 million. last_img

WWE Superstar Fundraiser For Boys And Girls Clubs Of America

first_imgWWE today announced the launch of this year’s Superstars for Hope, a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.Fans can now visit www.charitybuzz.com/wwe through Tuesday, April 10 to bid on exclusive WWE experiences with Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Ric and Charlotte Flair, backstage opportunities at SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 35, and more. Additional packages have been donated by Mark Cuban, Celine Dion, New York Giants, Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco 49ers and more as part of the campaign.“WWE is dedicated to using the power of our brand and platforms to leave a lasting, positive impression on our youth,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “We are proud to once again partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the Superstars for Hope campaign to continue their efforts to help put young people on the path to great futures.”“We are so grateful to WWE and all those who have provided these exclusive experiences for the Superstars for Hope Fundraiser that benefits our Clubs,” says Jim Clark, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of America. “The strong partnership between WWE and Boys & Girls Clubs is helping every day to eradicate youth bullying in America.”WWE and Charitybuzz have worked together for more than six years to raise nearly 2 million dollars for various nonprofits.“WWE is not only a major name in entertainment, but they’re a genuinely philanthropic organization, mobilizing all of their channels to make a meaningful impact. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” said Ben Erwin, General Manager of Charitybuzz. “Charitybuzz is proud to provide the platform and support needed to complement WWE’s efforts and raise significant funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.”The online auction highlights include:• Ultimate WrestleMania 35 Experience ◦ 1 Suite for 10 People at WrestleMania 35 ◦ 10 Tickets to WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony ◦ 10 Tickets to WrestleMania Axxess ◦ Sneak Peek of WrestleMania set before gates open ◦ Picture on ramp before WrestleMania • WWE Big 4 VIP Package ◦ 2 Tickets to SummerSlam 2018, Survivor Series 2018, Royal Rumble 2019 and WrestleMania 35 ◦ Lunch with a WWE Superstar before Royal Rumble • Meet Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, a backstage tour at SummerSlam, and 2 tickets to the show • A photo shoot with a WWE Superstar; available experiences include ◦ Nia Jax ◦ Asuka ◦ Carmella ◦ Riott Squad ◦ Absolution • An opportunity to escort a WWE Superstar to the ring; available experiences include: ◦ Bobby Roode ◦ The New Day ◦ Bayley • One-hour pitch meeting with Mark Cuban • Four tickets to Live with Kelly and Ryan • Miami Dolphins VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, field passes and parking) • St. Louis Cardinals VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, battling practice and entrance into the museum)Fans can click here now through Tuesday, April 10, to see the full list of experiences and donate for their chance to win.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:One, two, three, four, I declare a trade warCanada’s $16.6-billion worth of retaliatory tariffs take effect Sunday on dozens of U.S. products — from strawberry jam to screws and nails — making good on threats of a tariff war after the U.S. implemented levies on Canada’s steel and aluminum. Investors are watching for Trump’s next move while consumers are watching whether U.S. suppliers raise prices.Passenger rightsThe Canadian Transportation Agency holds a public consultation on air passenger protection in Ottawa on Wednesday. The event is part of a larger effort to draft rules and set minimum standards of treatment in order to establish a bill of rights for air travellers, including how best to deal with tarmac delays, bumped seats and lost luggage.The last puzzle pieceStatistics Canada releases the labour force survey for June on Friday. The previous month’s survey showed that the economy lost 7,500 jobs, while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 per cent for the fourth consecutive month. It’s the last piece of major economic data for the Bank of Canada to review before its next interest rate announcement mid-month.Carbon conundrumParticipants in Ontario’s cap-and-trade system will be looking to Ontario’s new premier for answers next week. Tuesday will be the first day of business for Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government, which has vowed to immediately dismantle cap-and-trade, leaving billions of dollars in carbon credits in limbo.Dog days of summerFinancial markets enter the summer doldrums next week and trading volumes are expected to be low given holidays for both Canadian and U.S. indices on Monday and Wednesday, respectively. Stock markets have had a bumpy ride this year. Toronto’s S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 8.5 per cent from an all-time high at the beginning of the year, only to recover and post a new record high of over 16,400 points in June.last_img read more

Alberta business forum applauds linking carbon tax implementation and pipelines

first_imgThe Newfoundland-born orator quoted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said this week in Calgary the discounts amount to a “crisis,” adding he holds the government accountable for that crisis.On the sidelines, executive fellow Ted Morton with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, said Murphy’s speech resonates with many in the oilpatch who feel betrayed by the government in Ottawa despite Alberta’s financial contributions to the country.Trudeau said on Thursday the federal government is addressing Alberta concerns by buying the Trans Mountain pipeline and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer and by continuing to try to get the expansion built after the Federal Court of Appeal struck down its National Energy Board approval in August.“Until there are pipelines leaving Alberta, plural, and there is oil flowing through them that will go to international markets, and US$40 price differentials are no longer the thing, until that time, it should be illegal for two lips to close on the phrase, carbon tax,” said Murphy. LAKE LOUISE, A.B. – Social commentator Rex Murphy says it should be illegal for Canadian governments to collect carbon taxes until there are new export pipelines delivering Alberta crude oil to world markets.A sold-out audience at the Bennett Jones Lake Louise World Cup Business Forum leaped to their feet in a standing ovation as the former CBC commentator ended a fiery speech criticizing environmentalists and federal politicians alike for stalling pipelines.A lack of pipeline capacity is blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that has resulted in Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude trading at as much as US$52 per barrel less than New York-traded West Texas Intermediate.last_img read more

City of Fort St John to hold Open House this Saturday to

first_img“We really wanted to make sure that the Zoning Bylaw is user-friendly. It has clear language that people can understand. We have illustrations in there to help explain that. We talk about definitions to ensure that they are clear and consistent.”The updates also include reviewing existing zoning requirements for items such as parking, suites, and landscaping.The Open House for updates to the Zoning Bylaw is this Saturday, August 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the North Peace Cultural Centre.For more information, you can visit letstalk.fortstjohn.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding another Open House at the North Peace Cultural Centre this Saturday, August 10, to review the updates to the City’s Zoning Bylaw.City Planning Manager, Renée Jamurat, says the Open House will give residents the opportunity to come and see what changes are being made to the Zoning Bylaw.According to Jamurat, the Zoning Bylaw is being updated, as under the Official Community Plan, to provide greater clarity for existing zoning requirements and to improve the user-friendliness of the bylaw, such as using simple language.last_img read more

Bengal collects record revenue of Rs 10000 cr by selling liquor

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has collected a record revenue of Rs 10,000 crore in the current fiscal year 2018-19 by selling liquor.The Excise Department has received the amount till the middle of January this year. When the Trinamool Congress government came to power, the Bengal had an income of around Rs 2,117 crore from liquor in a financial year. In the past eight years, the government has successfully taken the figure to Rs 10,000 crore which is the highest in the history of Bengal since the time of promulgation of the Bengal Excise Act, 1909. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDue to constant monitoring by the various government agencies on unauthorised and spurious liquor, the overall consumption of such liquor has gone down across the state. This has also helped the state Excise Department to generate revenue as many people have switched over to authorised liquor. Earlier, the selling of illegal liquor was rampant in the state. But the police and Excise Department have carried out a major crackdown on spurious liquor outlets. A record sale of liquor in Bengal has contributed immensely in the exchequer of the cash-strapped Trinamool Congress government. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring the last financial year, the state Excise Department had set a target of raising the excise revenue to Rs 10,000 crore this year. In October 2018, the sale of Indian-made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) stood at 1.20 crore litre, marking a rise of 57 percent over what was recorded in 2017. Similarly, the sale of licensed country liquor in the last year touched 1.24 crore litre, 31 percent more than the corresponding figure of 2017. Interestingly, the Excise Department in 2017-18 received revenue of Rs 9,340 crore which was much higher than the collection in 2016-17 that remained at Rs 5,226 crore. It may also be mentioned here that the state government’s decision to take control over the distribution of liquor was a masterstroke by the government as it secured additional income for the state exchequer. Prohibition in the neighbouring state of Bihar is another big factor. This has also led to a sharp rise in the sale of liquor in the bordering areas of Bengal and Bihar.last_img read more

Moroccos El Zhar extends his contract with Spanish Club Levante

first_imgRabat – Moroccan striker Nabil El Zhar has extended his contract until 2016 with Levante, a team that plays in first division of the Spanish league (La Liga).“Nabil El Zhar has extended his contract with FC Levante for two years and a third year as an option,” said the Spanish club in a communiqué, according to MAP.El Zhar debuted with Levante in 2011. He has played 79 games in two years and scored six goals with the Spanish team, adds the same source A the age of 12 , Nabil El Zhar, 27, joined the training center of Nîmes Olympique with which he reached the final of the Coupe Gambardella in 2004.After spending two years in the Training Centre of AS Saint- Etienne, in 2006 he signed for Liverpool, he played his first game for the Reds on November 29, 2006 against Portsmouth.Moroccan fans still remember the pivotal role El Zhar played in the U-20 World Cup held in 2005 in the Netherlands, as he helped the Moroccan national team to qualify for the first time to the semi-finals of the U-20 World Cup.The Moroccan El Zhar is hopeful to be among the players who will form the Moroccan team that will participate in the upcoming African Cup of Nations, which will be held in early 2015 in Morocco.last_img read more