Gina Mizell: Expect Oklahoma State to use two quarterbacks in Bedlam

Gina Mizell took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
by Gina Mizell Modified: November 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012
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It's absolutely going to be one of the most hostile environments that the Cowboys will face. But Texas A&M is crazy, K-State was bonkers a couple weeks ago, so it's not like they haven't played in front of rowdy road crowds. This will be a different animal, but I don't think the Cowboys will be caught off-guard.

Who will be at their current job longer, Stoops or Gundy?

I assume Gundy. Obviously, he's been involved in some head coaching rumors, but when any of those "traditional" programs (Arkansas, Tennessee, etc.) come open, his name is going to be mentioned. I don't know if he'd be enticed by one of those jobs, but what I do know is he just signed a lucrative extension and just moved into a new house in Stillwater.

Unlike last year, how big of a factor is it Landry has confidence going into Bedlam facing a defensive backfield that has been average all year with 4 or 5 WR's that could all give us fits?

I kind of touched on this earlier, but this is definitely the key to the game. Not necessarily the receivers/Landry vs. secondary matchup, but if OSU can get pressure on him like they did last season. The Cowboys were GREAT against Tech last week, and didn't have the blitz a lot. That's key. If Landry's uncomfortable, we all know he tends to make mistakes. But if he has time to throw, he could pick apart that OSU secondary.

As great as OSU has played the past few games it worries me that the team is beating up on the Big 12 bottom dwellers but not beating the Big 12's top teams like Texas & KSU. So should I be worried about Saturday since OU is right w/ KSU and Texas?

Lots of people seemed to think that OSU could lose to West Virginia, Tech and even Iowa State and TCU. The Cowboys beat them all — convincingly. You're right, though, winning in Norman is a different animal. The Cowboys played great at home this season, and have been shaky on the road. So that doesn't bode well going into Norman. But I think OSU has played really well in the second half of the season, except for the K-State game, where it made too many mistakes on the road.

OU hasn't run the ball too effectively the last two weeks. Do you think they will be able to against OSU?

OSU's run defense is totally underrated and perhaps the biggest surprise of the season. Calvin Barnett and James Castleman have done a great job of plugging the middle, and those linebackers have been sound, too. It's been tough for anybody to run on the Cowboys this season, so I don't think it'll be easy for OU.

Do you have a CCCMFC shirt?

Haha. I do not. Not exactly ethical. But his story is one of the best in college football right now, and the following he's gathered is wild. The choo choo train has been brought up to him and he thinks it's pretty funny.

Do you think last year has put OSU over the proverbial hump against OU? I've seen a few OSU teams riding tons of momentum get destroyed in Norman. I'm worried.

Last year's win was big. No question. And this team is playing really well. No question. But there's also no question OU will be motivated after last year's thrashing, and a bad performance against West Virginia. It's hard to imagine the Sooners losing three games in one season in Norman. It's going to be a very interesting game on Saturday.

What's your prediction for Bedlam on Saturday?

I pick OU to win 42-41. That obviously means OSU covers the spread, and that I think the Cowboys can win. I give OU the slight edge, though, because the Sooners are at home, and I think OU's passing game will be trouble for the OSU secondary. It's a shoot-out, but the Sooners make one more big play.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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