John Rohde: Let Zac Robinson sit it out

By John Rohde Modified: November 19, 2009 at 9:33 am •  Published: November 19, 2009

STILLWATER — For Oklahoma State senior Zac Robinson, there is a wonderful symmetry in Colorado being tonight’s opponent at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Robinson’s final college home game is against his home state’s most prominent team, a program that underestimated his quarterback skills coming out of Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo.

A recruit the Buffaloes had penciled in at wide receiver, Robinson will leave as OSU’s most prolific passer and its greatest quarterback. His career numbers say this is so, and so does Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, the man who previously wore the crown as the school’s best-ever behind center.

Take Robinson off this year’s depleted OSU roster and today’s 6:30 p.m. contest might have been a nationally televised contest between two 3-7 teams.

Alas, despite tonight’s storybook possibilities, Gundy should seriously consider not playing Robinson.

If the Cowboys truly are worthy of their No. 12 ranking in this week’s BCS standings, they don’t need Robinson to beat Colorado, which has been deemed a 16½-point underdog.

Gundy instead should start Alex Cate at quarterback and have him hand off about 50 times. The Cowboys are back to three solid tailbacks they could rotate. Mix in about a dozen low-risk passes. Shorten the game, get a win and take advantage of your two extra days to prepare for Bedlam in Norman.

Robinson’s playing status has been uncertain all week, which is understandable considering the vicious hit he took from cornerback Jamar Wall in last Saturday night’s victory against Texas Tech.