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OSU and the top 10, Pettigrew and the draft, and more

by John Helsley Published: February 10, 2009

By Scott Wright

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach revised his preseason Top 25 for the 2009 football season following NFL early entries and recruiting signing day.

He has the Cowboys No. 10, again giving the Big 12 South three top-10 teams in the preseason.

Of OSU’s opponents, three are in his top 15, wtih OU No. 2, Texas No. 3 and — most interestingly to me — Georgia No. 14.

OSU’s Holiday Bowl opponent, Oregon, comes in at No. 12. Here’s the full top 25, along with Schlabach’s team-by-team comments.

RealGMfootball.com offers this piece dissecting both the draft status of OSU tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and the value of tight ends in the draft overall.

Some loved it, some hated it, but OSU’s decision to move the Colorado game to a Thursday night was a polarizing move. And it seems to be the beginning of a trend in the Big 12 — not just moving games to Thursday, but moving them anywhere to get more television exposure.

Nebraska and Missouri announced that they’re moving their game to a Thursday night. Now Texas and Texas Tech are moving their Nov. 7 meeting to Saturday, Sept. 19, where it will compete with a much weaker set of games, mostly pairing major programs with non-conference cupcakes. Here’s the story from the Dallas Morning News.

That decision impacts OSU, too. Texas Tech will now have a bye Nov. 7, the week before it visits Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU is at Iowa State Nov. 7.

Former Oklahoma State player and coach Josh Henson will be making a return to Stillwater this fall. According to the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, Henson is leaving Les Miles’ staff at LSU to become the co-offensive line coach at Missouri. Missouri comes to Boone Pickens Stadium Oct. 17.

And lastly, here’s an interesting interview and story done by the Des Moines Register on Wilbanks Smith, the Oklahoma A&M player in 1951 who hit Drake’s Johnny Bright in what became a well-known incident, primarily because many people tied the incident to race. Smith was white and Bright was black.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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