Friday, November 09, 2007

Game of the Week

Kansas' Mark Mangino. Name a coach who has done a better job this season. Can't do it, can you? His team scored 76 points last Saturday against Nebraska and frankly, could have scored more. And consider that Mangino is doing this in Lawrence — where football players are few and far between and basketball is king — it's even more astounding.

So why is Mangino never mentioned for openings at high-profile programs? It's simple: His weight. It's discrimination. This guy can coach with the best of them.

Poke fun at Mangino, but his team is 9-0 as it prepares to roll into Stillwater on Saturday to challenge an unpredictable Oklahoma State outfit that is coming off a crushing defeat — again — to Texas.

The Cowboys, who are six-point underdogs, have plenty of offensive firepower. And they have Mike Gundy, who could go YouTube at any moment.

It's enough to confuse the best of prognosticators, and to help clear it up, we welcome college football fanatic Chris Plank of Fox Sports Radio. You can listen to Chris' show from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. (Eastern) every Friday and Saturday on the vast Fox Sports Radio Network. During the week, he can be heard over Tulsa's 1430 The Buzz. Here's what he has to say:

"Talk about a season-making game. ... The Oklahoma State Cowboys are a mere four points from an undefeated mark in Big 12 play. This is the same Oklahoma State team that looked absolutely inept in season-opening losses to Georgia and Troy.

"A win over undefeated Kansas could go a long way to improve OSU's bowl possibilities and set up a monster Bedlam matchup to complete the regular season in Norman against Oklahoma.

"The Cowboys made the switch to Zac Robinson at quarterback and despite his struggles in the Troy loss he has been steady and effective as the leader of the offense.

"The headlines from last week's meltdown against Texas revolve around the Longhorns' 24-point fourth quarter. But the play of Robinson was unbelievable. He threw for 430 yards as the Pokes rolled up 594 yards of offense.

"While Robinson has been a steady leader for the Cowboys, the offense is led by Dantrell Savage. Despite missing two games, Savage is the leading rusher in the Big 12, averaging 121 yards a game and just over five yards a carry.

"The problem for OSU has been consistent and simple — defense. OSU ranks 11th out of 12 teams in defense and last in pass defense in the Big 12.

"If Todd Reesing and the No. 1 scoring offense in the Big 12 get rolling, it could be a long afternoon for the Pokes. But expect a spirited and focused attack from OSU that could have this game coming down to the final play. Kansas will pull it out in a shootout, but this is one prime-time game that you will not want to miss if you are a fan of high-powered offensive attacks."

And this post wouldn't be complete without a clownish Granny Holtz Pep Talk:

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