STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has yet to announce who will call offensive plays this season. That doesn't mean Gundy doesn't know who will call plays. It might just be a little bit of strategy. Or at least a way to force the Washington State coaches to waste some time in film study. Had Gundy announced 10 days ago who was going to call plays — as he originally said he wanted to do — the WSU coaching staff could focus their efforts. For instance, if Gundy was going to be the play-caller, the Cougars would delve into analyzing his tendencies in down-and-distance situations and his preferred plays from last year's Insight Bowl. Or, they could even study his trends as the primary play-caller in Les Miles' tenure at OSU. If Gundy had announced that co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer was going to call the plays, the WSU staff might not look so closely at those tendencies. But they might study former offensive coordinator Larry Fedora's game management, since Brewer studied under Fedora the last three seasons. It might not seem like an impactful strategy for Gundy, but it at least would work to even the field a little bit, considering OSU is playing the same guessing game trying to figure out what the first-year Cougar coaching staff is going to do. When he addressed the topic in the summer, Gundy seemed to favor handing off play-calling to Brewer, but he hasn't leaned one way or the other during camp. However, in OSU's offensive scheme, the original play call isn't necessarily as important as the quickness with which the call is made, especially with the new 40-second play clock. The Cowboys generally signal a play in to the team and get lined up as fast as anyone in the country. Assuming that continues — which it should — the key becomes the initial alignment of the defense. If the defensive look is to their liking, the Cowboys can run the play quickly before the defense can adjust. If they don't like what they see, OSU coaches will have even more time than in the past to read the defense and signal in a more appropriate play. Come Saturday, there will be three coaches — Gundy, Brewer and co-offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor — with input into the play calls and in reading defenses. And outside of the Insight Bowl, none of them have been the primary play-caller for this offense. And regardless of who makes the initial play calls, be certain of this: Gundy's fingerprints will be all over the offense.
OSU coach Mike Gundy isn't saying who'll be calling the plays against Washington State. By MATT STRASEN, THE OKLAHOMAN