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ESPN analyst Rod Gilmore calls OSU's opener an interesting look in contrasting styles

by Mel Bracht Published: August 27, 2013
/articleid/3876533/1/pictures/2193528">Photo - June  08, 2011 - Bristol, CT - Photo Studio:  Rod Gilmore
Credit: Joe Faraoni/ESPN
June 08, 2011 - Bristol, CT - Photo Studio: Rod Gilmore Credit: Joe Faraoni/ESPN

Can you imagine if Mississippi State beats Oklahoma State? What does that say about the Big 12? If a team that is a middle in the road in the SEC handles the favorite in the Big 12, you really have a hard time having the Big 12 saying they are the second-best conference or on par with the SEC.

What's your impression of OSU's quarterback battle?

I'm curious about the back story with Wes Lunt leaving, how much that affected the way Mike Gundy decided to deal with the quarterback position. Maybe it didn't affect it at all. Maybe it made him feel he needed to be a little more egalitarian about the process and give both guys an open shot at it. And because the assumption with the way things ended last year that Clint Chelf would be the guy. So, I wonder what impact Lunt leaving and the way he viewed things affected Gundy and the decision-making process. But other than that, I think that in this day and age, you have to get your second quarterback ready. It's hard to go through a season and keep that one guy healthy.

Who stands out for Mississippi State?

Clearly, you start first and foremost with the quarterback spot with Tyler Russell, he's a guy that they ought to be concerned about. He has a talented arm and is very much likely to end up on an NFL roster. Secondarily, I look up front. That offensive line is big, physical and experienced. They would assume that they could pound or run the ball a little bit against Oklahoma State and do it with LaDarius Perkins, who is a good, solid powerful running back.

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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