WHY PLAY IN SAN ANTONIO?
Much has been made about the disagreements of whether OSU should have played a team the quality of Mississippi State in the season opener last Saturday at Houston.
Coach Mike Gundy thought it was a bad idea. Athletic director Mike Holder and megabooster Boone Pickens thought it was a good idea.
The real question is: Why is OSU playing Texas-San Antonio in San Antonio this Saturday?
The answer, of course, is the Cowboys get a 2-for-1 deal. UTSA will play in Stillwater twice to return the favor of OSU playing in the Alamodome.
All those home games Gundy craves? The opponents have to come from somewhere, and a 2-for-1 deal is one way to get them.
But Gundy made an excellent point Monday in talking about the challenge of playing a fledgling program like UTSA on the road.
“We hope the maturity of our team will come forth in practice this week,” Gundy said. “I thought some of the big games we've played in over the last four, five years here helped us in the game Saturday.
“But we've been in this situation before, played teams that they're putting everything into this game. We have to be mature enough in our preparation and handle that responsibility and getting ready and going down and play the game the way we needed to play.”
GLENN SPENCER ON COACHING ON SIDELINE: ‘I WANTED TO LOOK THEM IN THE EYE'
Thanks to his two sons, Glenn Spencer has seen the GIF (a short animation photo) of himself jumping and expressing raw excitement after a big defensive stop during the Cowboys' dominating performance against Mississippi State in his first game as the full-time defensive coordinator.
“I'm normally not like that, because I'm thinking about the next play,” Spencer said. “So that was kind of strange. I guess I've got to be careful with what I do on the sideline now. Being in the box, I didn't have to worry about that.”
It had been a few years since Spencer was fully visible during a game — 2008 to be exact, his first season at OSU. And he's going to stick with coaching from the sideline, noting the advantages of being close to the players in his new role outweigh the advantages of the press box view.
“For me, (it helps) to be down there with quick corrections and quick challenges to them,” Spencer said, “and just to control the, ‘Hey, what's this next series got for us?'
“I would do that in the box, but I wanted to look them in the eye.”
Even if that occasionally leaves Spencer vulnerable to being captured by television cameras during emotional moments.
POLL UPDATE: ALL AP VOTERS NOW HAVE COWBOYS ON BALLOT
After Saturday's 21-3 dismantling of Mississippi State, all the AP voters believe in OSU.
At least, believe enough to put the Cowboys on their ballot.
Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples, the only voter who left OSU out of his or her top 25 in the preseason, officially joined the party this week by ranking the Cowboys 19th.
Despite the convincing win, the Cowboys' No. 13 spot in the AP poll (and No. 14 ranking in the USA Today poll) did not change. But that was to be expected, as the only team in front of OSU to lose in Week 1 was Georgia, and the Bulldogs didn't deserve to drop that far for falling on the road to Clemson, a top-10 team with an early Heisman frontrunner at quarterback in Tajh Boyd.
John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader has the Cowboys ranked sixth, the highest spot for any voter. Staples' ranking of 19 is the lowest. The most common ranking was 14th, with 11 of 60 voters putting OSU in that spot.
BY GINA MIZELL AND BERRY TRAMEL