I don't know if I agree wholeheartedly with the hype, but we shall preview them anyway.
First up Oklahoma State.
Excuse to youtube Barry Sanders.
Offense: The Boone Pickens return 7 starters on a super high octane offense led by point man Zac Robinson. Rounding out the trinity is RB Kendall Hunter who ran for over 1500 yards 16 TD's and WR Dez Bryant who may be the first WR taken off the board in the 2010 draft. OSU also has 3 starters returning on the O-line, all of which are Seniors.
Defense: OSU's defense has never been anything to go crazy about. (26.9 ppg) However, new DC Bill Young will get to work with one of the Best LB trios in the Big 12 with Lavine, Lemon and Sexton, all seniors. Overall they return 6 starters but they are all upperclassmen, minus So. FS Johnny Thomas.
OSU reminds me of Texas Tech last year. Insane offense in the conference of insane offense, coupled with a defense that simply needs to get the job done. But why the puberty edition? Well OSU has been stuck in Big 12 mediocrity with a giant "who the hell wants to go to Stillwater" mole right on the side of their face. However, OSU got that mole removed in the form of T.Boone Pickens building an insane expansion to their west endzone. Which gives T. Boone and OSU to take their giant straw and suck up the giant Texas milkshake. But that's still several years away. I really don't know what to think of OSU this year. One thing that I think will help them is the fact that their offense is very balanced. Shit Robinson ran for 700 yards last year and Bryant is the best all around receiver in the country. And shit, the defense is not that bad.
Looking at the schedule, they have three huge games. They start the season off with UGA coming to town. The rest of the non-conference schedule sets up in their favor. However, The two huge games come in the form of UT traveling to Stillwater on All Hallows' Eve and the Bedlam game in Norman on Nov. 28th. And I think this is the thing that gets me about OSU. Under the Gundy regime, the Boone Pickens have done extremely well in winning the games they need to win, but they stumble any time they need to pull the big upset. I don't know on paper I guess they COULD beat UT, and the OU game is historically nuts, which is why I guess they call it Bedlam. I just...for lack of a better term, it's just that OSU lacks the flavor to pull these games off. And you know what it sucks. I like watching them, and they have a great team this year, in fact if they were in the Big 12 North we'd be talking about Conference championships. Either way the media seems to love them, so we'll hear a lot about them this season.
Little do you know that the majority of this video was taken during the actual game.
Offense: UT transfer Jevan Sneed is the focal point of the Ole Miss offense which return 8 starters. Houston Nutt used a RB by commitee last year and will probably continue this year with Sr's Cordera Esson and RB/WR Dexter McClusterfuck. The O-Line lost the E-mancrush Michael Oher, but return three starters including big John Jerry at RT.
Defense: Defensively the rebels return 8 starters including soon to be NFL DE Marcus Tillman. The rest of the defenders are all upperclassmen including returning tackle leader FS Kendrick Lewis.
Special Teams: Most Likely a 5th year senior thinking of lines to throw at unsuspecting, naive freshman.
Hey Hobbers do you want a top ten CFB team? You do? Well just follow the Ole Miss steps to success.
1. Have a University in a recruiting hotbed with little to zero in state competition.
3. Hire a crazy recruton' Cajun.
4. Fire him.
5. Hire program manager.
But seriously if Ole Miss does anything this year they need to send a fat royalty check to Eddy O. I can't figure it out. For ALL THESE YEARS Ole Miss was sitting on a recruiting goldmine and they needed Eli to contend for a SEC title? Talk about an awkward stage. Anyway here's the thing. Ole Miss has a decent offense, one of the better QB's in the nation. (I always thought he was better than Colt) and a nasty defense. So basically Alabama, minus the QB. Which is funny, because that will probably be the game that makes or breaks their season.
To be honest I have no idea what to think of Ole Miss. On one hand they have good players thanks to big O, and they did beat the warrior monk. But shit, they are Ole Miss and they lost to the likes of Wake Forest and South Carolina. I don't know, it is a nice schedule. Non-conference is full of cupcakes and they have most of the tough teams at home including Tennessee, Alabama and LSU. They play at Auburn on All Hallows Eve, but Auburn is currently in an identity crisis.
But really what is there to say?Houston Nutt is going to do his thing, he's going to run the ball, play some D, and throw in some
Finally a side note. I don't think either of these teams deserve number 10. Ole Miss is probably in the 6-8 range, and the Boone Pickens somewhere in the 12-15 range. They just happened to fit my puberty thing.