Big 12 football: Fox Sports 1's Joel Klatt calls Oklahoma State one of the most overrated teams in the country

Klatt says OU is a clear favorite to win Big 12 championship
by Mel Bracht Published: October 2, 2013

Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt is one of Fox Sports 1's rising stars in college football broadcasting. Besides being a regular on “Fox College Saturday,” 9 a.m. Saturdays and contributing to “Fox Football Daily,” he also broadcasts Thursday night games. He said he is looking forward to calling the OU at Baylor game on Nov. 9 for FS1.

What's your assessment of the Big 12 race?

“Well, I think Oklahoma has put itself in the position where they're a clear leader. Someone is going to have to go and knock them off. I think they've won nine straight conference games going back to last year's Kansas State loss. They've got all these conference championships in their locker, if you will. (Bob) Stoops just knows how to get it done. With the biggest win for any team in the conference thus far in the season, which was last week at Notre Dame, I would put them as the clear favorite.

“Behind them I probably would go with Baylor and then at that point it's kind of a TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State crap shoot. But Oklahoma State, last week I had them as one of my most overrated teams in the country, and then they went out and proved me right losing to West Virginia. They don't look like Oklahoma State should look. Their quarterbacks aren't throwing the ball with great efficiency. I don't know if (offensive coordinator Mike) Yurcich is really fitting in all that great. When you only score 21 points against Mississippi State and then you only score 21 points against West Virginia, there's a problem offensively. West Virginia was the worst defense in the country last year. Oklahoma State is just finding itself. It's trying to keep its head above water. Losing to West Virginia doesn't help in the league race.”

Should the Cowboys consider going back to Clint Chelf at quarterback?

“I don't think anything is off the table. When your offense is sputtering, I think all things have to be analyzed. At this point with the body of work that Oklahoma State has presented to us, you would have to say that all positions are open. I don't want to say that they are panicking, but a lot of that is because of preseason hype. If you were just going to rank teams starting now based on what they have done this season, I don't think they would be in the top 25.”

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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