October 13, 2013

Weekend happenings: What did it mean?

A quiet weekend in Stillwater was an understatement.

Parking lots were empty, both by the dorms and the usual tailgate spots, and most reeling Oklahoma State fans who missed Cowboy football tried to satisfy their hunger with the Red River Rivalry, although it likely didn't do much for them.

The good news is that Oklahoma State now has six-straight weekends of football ahead before a break to prepare for Bedlam, so worry not.

That six-straight is the home stretch of the season, and given the weekend off for the Pokes, it gave us all a chance to watch the opponents coming up on the schedule.

Here's what I took from each game, and how the outcome pertained to the Oklahoma State football team.

TCU 27, Kansas 17 (In Fort Worth)
Obviously the Horned Frogs visit the Cowboys this Saturday for homecoming, and if they play anything like they did against the Jayhawks, it will be a happy homecoming for everyone in orange. TCU had five turnovers and only 380 total yards against the worst team in the Big 12, and also punted seven times on the day. QB Trevone Boykin had another shaky game with a 49.3 QBR, while stud receiver Brandon Carter sat for the first quarter (I can't find a reason for it) and also muffed a punt return. Times are tough for a team that many had high expectations for this season, and Oklahoma State hosts them at a time when none of their players are happy about how the season has gone so far. Take from that what you will.

Texas 36, Oklahoma 20 (In Dallas)
If you saw this one coming and live outside of Austin, you're lying about saying that you saw this one coming. The Longhorns returned an interception for a touchdown, and also housed a punt return for another score. Take away those points and they win by 2, so I'm not going to say their offense dominated, but they did play extremely well against an OU defense that was thought of as one of the best in the conference. OU QB Blake Bell had a 4.2 QBR when it was all said and done, while UT rushed for 255 yards. The good news is that Oklahoma had a better chance of running the table from here on out than Texas did, so as far as the Pokes go, a UT win was probably the best thing that could've happened. The bad news is that Texas is still undefeated in Big 12 play, which means they're tied with Baylor and Tech in first place while the Cowboys have to keep winning and hope that they can beat both of them, Texas in Austin, Tech in Lubbock, and Baylor in Stillwater.

Texas Tech 42, Iowa State 35 (In Lubbock)
Yesterday was full of some crazy football, and this was just another chapter. I didn't expect Iowa State, who's sitting at 1-4 on the season, to hang around with Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense, but they somehow did it. David Ubben of FOX brought up a great point in nothing that Tech has gotten two of their wins against teams right at .500, while the other four have come against sub-.500 teams. Tech also racked up 666 yards of total yardage against a usually solid Iowa State defense, which is something to think about as we inch closer to those games in Ames next week, and Lubbock in two weeks.

Baylor 35, Kansas State 25 (In Manhattan)
There may be a chink in Baylor's armor, but it's also a great chance that it was the Kansas State/Bill Snyder magic that kept the Wildcats around in this one. It's tough for the Pokes to take much from this game when you look at how KSU attacked the Bears when the Wildcats had the ball, as the philosophies of the Pokes and the 'Cats don't match up at all. They can take quite a bit from what the men in purple did on the defensive end though, and that's what will help most when the Bears come to Stillwater later this year. That game is so far off that hardly anyone is thinking about it at this point, especially coaches and players, but it was still interesting to see how Snyder & Co. tried to contain the most explosive offense in the nation statistically. I'd be willing to bet this film will be sitting in the OSU coaches' office very soon for when its time comes.

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