OSU notebook: ESPN's GameDay Could Be Coming To Stillwater
OSU is on the short list to host ESPN's GameDay next week.
Cowboy officials have been told to be ready, though ESPN gave no parameters on what needs to happen to make GameDay come to Stillwater for the fourth time.
OSU plays at Texas on Saturday night. On Nov. 23, the Cowboys host Baylor. Texas and Baylor are the Big 12's lone unbeaten teams in conference play, with OSU right behind them at 5-1.
If the Cowboys beat Texas, the OSU-Baylor game will be for the Big 12 lead and a potential Big 12 title game.
GameDay is ESPN's college football pregame show, which originates from a game site, typically one of the top games of the day. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso are staples of the show, which often draws thousands off fans for the telecast during its 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. telecast each Saturday.
The set is also used on Fridays as a buildup to the game and on Saturday night in post-game wrapup shows.
A hint that ESPN was strongly considering Stillwater came when ABC picked OSU-Baylor for its 7 p.m. telecast window. Herbstreit typically is the game analyst on ABC's prime-time game, and it's always convenient when he calls a game at the site of GameDay.
The competition for OSU-Baylor on Nov. 23: Texas A&M at LSU, which will be televised by CBS; and Arizona State at UCLA. Neither has the national ramifications of OSU-Baylor.
OSU's previous GameDay hostings were all Bedlam games — 2004, 2008 and 2010.
OPPONENT WATCH: TEXAS IN THE RED ZONE
Texas has scored on 90 percent of its trips into the red zone, converting 28 of 31 opportunities into points.
Yet if the Longhorns have a regret, it's that they've settled for field goals 11 times.
Kicker Anthony Fera can be counted on, as he's perfect on red zone field goals and 15-for-16 overall on field goals this season. Still, with the Longhorns facing high leverage games against OSU, Texas Tech and Baylor in the closing weeks, they're looking for more.
“Does it raise any red flags? Yeah, we want touchdowns,” said Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. “We want to get more touchdowns down there.
“Anthony has been great, he's applied some pressure and been a real weapon for us in terms of scoring from even way out, but we've got to score more touchdowns there.”
Applewhite on OSU cornerback and kick returner Justin Gilbert:
“Just a phenomenal athlete. Just very skilled. Obviously, they talk about him in the terms of his kickoff return abilities, but you just watch him, he's a great athlete. We've know that for a while.”
TRACY MOORE, CLINT CHELF SHARE BOND
Against Kansas, the Clint Chelf-to-Tracy Moore connection was on, with Moore catching six passes for 77 yards. Three of Moore's four touchdowns on the season have come the past three weeks, since Chelf took over at quarterback for J.W. Walsh.
And the connection doesn't end on the field.
“We're really close,” Moore said. “Our parents sit next to each other every game. We've been really close, just because of how long we've been on the team together since our freshman year.”