Mike Gundy on Mason Rudolph: ‘He Finally Understands’

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 Truth. QB1. The Reindeer. No. 2. Whatever you want to call him, it appears that Mason Rudolph is poised to announce himself to the nation this year with a season and a half worth of games under his belt and a *hopefully* improved running game.It’s not like he was bad last year either. Rudolph was tracking for 4,000 yards (only Brandon Weeden has done that in OSU history) before getting injured in the Baylor game. His 21 TDs don’t pop, but how many were vultured by The General?I’m all in on Rudolph this year, but I’ve sort of always been all in on him. I have an irrational affinity for big, strong-armed QBs who were homeschooled, I suppose.Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World wrote a great profile of No. 2 the other day, and Mike Gundy gave a pretty revealing quote.“When you watch Mason this year, Mason looks like to me that he finally understands,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “This is the first time, in watching him, I feel like he finally understands and is comfortable and is not guessing at quarterback. And he’s going into year two-and-a-half and 15 games.”A quarterback who was top 10 in yards/attempt, top 25 in QB rating and QBR and is 12-3 as a starter just figured out what he’s doing and finally feels comfortable?I’m excited. You’re excited. Even No. 28 is excited.“I see more of a leader than his sophomore year,” said James Washington this fall. “He’s picking up the younger guys, even on days that we’re off. He’ll get the younger guys and us and we’ll go throw and get them ready for the season. He’s definitely picked up where he left off.”Here is a reminder of where he left off.last_img read more

The Newest CFB Playoff Rankings Mean The Big 12 Is Finished

first_imgIt’s over.The Big 12’s slim CFB Playoff hopes have ended as its two best teams were ranked Nos. 9 and 10 in the newest CFB Playoff rankings. OU dropped one slot to No. 9. OSU stayed put at No. 10. They finished with a combined 15-1 record against other Big 12 teams, and neither has a shot at making it into the four-team playoff even with a win on Saturday. Why?Here’s why.Fifth Rankings: The #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Top 25 for games played through November 26. pic.twitter.com/tSlBNBS48K— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 30, 2016 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. Even if Clemson, Alabama and Washington all lose (improbable), there are other teams already ahead of OSU and OU that will fill the playoff spots. Teams that play games against teams in the top eight that would undoubtedly keep them clear of the Bedlam champ.In fact, let’s say that very scenario above plays out on Saturday. Let’s say Florida, Virginia Tech and Colorado all win their conference titles.Alabama would still be in. Ohio State would be in. The Big 10 champion (Wisconsin or Penn State) would be in as both are ranked ahead of OU and OSU currently and play each other. And Michigan or Colorado would be in if Colorado beats Washington (Michigan beat Colorado earlier in the year so good luck with that, committee).The problem for OSU and OU is Colorado. It is ranked ahead of both of them currently and would have beaten No. 4 Washington and won the Pac-12 title. The Cowboys and Sooners cannot surpass that. OU had a chance if it was ranked ahead of CU this week because it could have feasibly stayed ahead with a huge (yuuuuuuge) Bedlam win. But not now.So Bedlam will only be for Bedlam and the Big 12 title and a Sugar Bowl berth. A lot, certainly, but not what it could be if there was a clearer path into the CFB Playoff. That’s fine with me, and it’s fine with Mike Gundy. But in the big picture, it’s a bummer of a way to decide a postseason tournament.Also, I saw this on the playoff and I thought it was great.The committee is incentivizing losing a division game. They’re incentivizing NOT winning the conference. It’s bad for college football.— KilroyFSU (@KilroyFSU) November 30, 2016center_img Assuming now the plausible field’s down to seven. Pecking order:1. Bama2. Clemson3. U-Dub4. Ohio St5. B1G champ6. Michigan7. Colorado— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 30, 2016last_img read more

WATCH: Jordan Sterns Pummels Dede Westbrook Across the Middle

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 receiver Dede Westbrook has exited the Bedlam game after suffering a hit across the middle delivered by safety Jordan Sterns. The hit, as bad as it looks, was ruled completely legal. Sterns lead with his shoulder, and was below the head. But it appears that Westbrook may have gone unconscious, perhaps, and he has not returned to the game.Westbrook has done a lot of talking on social media this week, and who knows if OSU has even paid any attention to it. But Sterns delivered quite the hit that seemed to pack an extra punch. It could end up being a huge difference maker in the game.Dede Westbrook Rip? https://t.co/2QU1bnIcLF— Football Is Life (@FootbaIl_Tweets) December 3, 2016last_img read more

Barry J. Sanders Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

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. In the final game of the regular season, Barry J. Sanders had his breakout game on special teams for the Cowboys. He was named Big 12 special teams player of the week for his performance.#Big12FB: Sanders set career bests with 138 all-purpose yards and a 56-yard kickoff return in the @CowboyFB’s game at Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/RoC2PQMZ1r— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) December 5, 2016Sanders recorded 138 all-purpose yards, including kickoff returns of 56 yards and 49 yards that put Oklahoma State in favorable field position. The biggest return came just before the half, with the teams tied at 17 with under a minute remaining.screenflick-movie-209Unfortunately OSU wasn’t able to parlay the return into points. Instead they elected to run the clock out rather than trying to steal points before the half and capitalize on the big gain.The two returns were not only the best of his career, but also the longest kickoff returns for OSU the entire season.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

Cardale Jones Addresses “Fans” Who Were Trashing Him On Twitter

first_imgCardale Jones pumping up the crowd before the game.Cardale JonesOhio State quarterback Cardale Jones hasn’t played up to his potential this season, and many Buckeyes fans have been vocal about their desire for head coach Urban Meyer to make a change at the position. Unfortunately, far too many are expressing their opinions the wrong way.Following Ohio State’s narrow victory over Indiana this past Saturday night, Jones celebrated the team’s win on Twitter. Some of the responses he got were beyond offensive. Tuesday, he addressed the “fans” who decided to trash him online. He clarified that they’re “haters”, not fans.@CJ12_ I’m sorry for all of the idiotic responses you get from so called “fans”— Chad Proud (@cproud13) October 6, 2015 RT: *haters https://t.co/H6bcaErCe5— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Rome wasn’t built in a day— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) October 6, 2015 Jones will get another chance to silence the haters Saturday against Maryland.last_img read more