Bayern München James to miss ‘a few days’ of Bayern training with calf injury Ryan Benson 00:38 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bayern München UEFA Champions League Bayern München v Beşiktaş Beşiktaş The Colombian suffered a calf strain against Besiktas on Tuesday, but his club do not expect him to be out for long The calf injury James Rodriguez suffered in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of Besiktas is only a “slight problem”, Bayern Munich have confirmed.James went off just before half-time, with the Colombia international showing few signs of pain as he exited the field. There were initial suspicions he was withdrawn due to a knock to the head, having looked dazed shortly beforehand after getting struck by the ball. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Bayern confirmed after the game that the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder felt his calf tighten.And, following investigations from Bayern’s medical team on Wednesday, they have come to the conclusion he should only need to miss “a few days of training”.A club statement read: “Bayern midfielder James was not seriously injured in yesterday’s [Tuesday] Champions League game against Besiktas.We hope it’s not too serious, @jamesdrodriguez! #MiaSanMia #FCBBJK 1-0 pic.twitter.com/XuCapUGsw0— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 20, 2018″An in-depth investigation confirmed the first diagnosis of the club doctor. The Colombian has only slight problems in the muscles of the left calf and thus has to miss a few days of training.”
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MLS Bob Bradley’s LAFC makes statement with debut MLS win in Seattle Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 14:31 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Steven Bisig MLS Los Angeles Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Seattle Sounders The expansion side enjoyed a dream start to life in MLS, with Diego Rossi’s winning goal and Tyler Miller’s big saves sparking an season-opening upset Bob Bradley hadn’t coached a match in more than a year, the longest such stretch of his coaching career, but he was rewarded for that wait on Sunday, as his Los Angeles FC made a dream start to life in Major League Soccer.The expansion MLS side went into CenturyLink Field and knocked off the two-time defending Western Conference champion Seattle Sounders, 1-0, to become the first team since those very same Sounders in 2009 to kick off an expansion season with a shutout victory, and first since the 2011 Vancouver Whitecaps to win their MLS debut.It was far from a dominant performance, and came, at least in part, with the help of the fact the Sounders rested some starters. But that doesn’t take away from the reality that LAFC looked like and played like a real team and not a collection of parts hastily thrown together, which can sometimes be the case with first-year squads. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “When you’re starting out as a team, you have to learn how to win different kinds of games,” Bradley said. “A lot of guys gave big efforts.”The dynamic duo of Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi figured to be the focal point of LAFC’s attack this season and needed just 11 minutes to let the rest of the league know just what a problem they will be to defend. Rossi’s one-time blast was the fastest debut goal by an MLS expansion team in league history, and while LAFC couldn’t generate a second, Rossi’s thunderbolt was a worthy first strike.Just as impressive was the defense Bradley was able to build, one that will help LAFC contend in year one. Even with Walker Zimmerman forced out of the lineup before kickoff, the defense was still good enough to keep a dangerous Sounders attack at bay, though it needed goalkeeper Tyler Miller to make a handful of excellent saves against his former team.The Sounders made LAFC earn it, even though veterans Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall sat the match out to be ready for a vital CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal clash with Chivas on Wednesday. Seattle still had enough firepower to spoil the visiting team’s MLS debut, especially with second-half substitutes Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Handwalla Bwana giving the Sounders a much-needed spark, forcing Miller into a total of seven saves on the night.As much as Seattle was missing key players, LAFC was also without some top options as well. Egyptian midfielder Omar Gaber was left on the bench after having been injured in preseason, Zimmerman was forced out, and newly-acquired Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta had yet to integrate into the squad. Throw in long-rumored designated player target Andre Horta, who could still be signed during the current transfer window, and you realize how far away LAFC still is from being the finished product.Nobody knows how much further there is still to go than Bob Bradley, who took the expansion Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup title 20 years ago. He knows how important a good preseason foundation was to build on, but also knows there is no rush to have his team reach its full potential just yet. Unlike his last job — Bradley’s doomed stint at Swansea City — the former U.S. national team coach actually had a hand in building this team. From Miller, who Bradley took first in the MLS expansion draft, to Benny Feilhaber, who he took to the 2010 World Cup during his time as U.S. coach, to first-round draft pick Joao Moutinho, who showed well in his professional debut.“I don’t think we showed, football-wise, what we’re capable of, but that’s only going to get better,” Bradley said. “I’m very confident that, as we build this team, that we’re going to see some real football.”LAFC still has plenty to work on, including how better to hold onto the ball in order to avoid being bombarded with pressure like we saw on Sunday, but the foundation is clearly there for LAFC to be a strong expansion team, rather than a pushover. With a tough defensive nucleus, and the Vela-Rossi tandem up top, the newest MLS team is already a handful and will only get tougher as the final pieces to the puzzle are added in the coming weeks.Things won’t get any easier for the club though. LAFC faces a tough opening schedule, with five more road games looming before unveiling its new stadium with a visit from none other than the same Sounders team it just defeated. Earning points during this season-opening road trip is key to improving the team’s chances of being a serious playoff contender.”A lot of positives, great to win, but still a lot of work to do,” Bradley said.Could LAFC follow the path of Bradley’s previous expansion team and win a title? It’s way too early for that sort of talk, but what was made clear on Sunday is that Bradley made the most of his time away from the sidelines and has put together a team ready to be competitive against the very best that MLS has to offer.
Arsenal Wenger racks up 700th Arsenal win Jack Davies 00:17 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Watford Premier League Arsenal v Watford Almost 22 years on from his first, the Frenchman made it 700 wins as Gunners boss in the Premier League clash with Watford on Sunday Arsene Wenger chalked up his 700th win in charge of Arsenal as the Gunners beat Watford 3-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.The under-fire manager’s first victory came against Blackburn Rovers way back in 1996, when Ian Wright scored twice in a 2-0 win at Ewood Park.And goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw Wenger to number 700, while Troy Deeney – who accused Arsenal of lacking “cojones” earlier in the season – had a penalty saved by Petr Cech. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The match also saw Arsenal score their 1000th Premier League home goal, Mesut Ozil become the fastest player to reach 50 assists and Cech keep his 200th clean sheet in the competition.During his time in charge of the Gunners, Wenger has racked up seven FA Cup titles and three Premier League crowns. The Frenchman’s long reign at the helm has been called into question in recent seasons, with the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League last season for the first time in 20 years.And that streak could continue this term, with Arsenal well outside of the top four as the calendar reaches March. Wenger’s best chance at a Champions League return looks likely to be through the Europa League, which Arsenal must win to return to Europe’s top club competition next season.
UEFA Champions League Italy just a stop on road to Kiev for Madrid & Barca Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 20:47 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(26) Getty UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Barcelona Opinion The two Clasico rivals were kept apart in Friday’s draw and will be expected to advance to the last four after the two were paired with Serie A sides The road to Kiev passes through Italy for Real Madrid and Barcelona. The two Spanish sides have won the Champions League three times apiece since 2009 and both will be considered favourites to advance to the semi-finals this time around after drawing Juventus and Roma, respectively.Real are 12-time European champions and have claimed the famous trophy in three of the last four years, including back-to-back successes under Zinedine Zidane over the past two seasons.Barca, meanwhile, have won the competition on five occasions and last lifted the coveted cup when they completed a treble in 2015, having also achieved a triple triumph in 2009 and then followed up with another victory in 2011. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Both of the Clasico rivals were handed tough draws in the last 16. Real, having finished second in their group, were paired with Paris Saint-Germain, while Barca faced Chelsea. In the end, however, the two teams prevailed with relative ease.On Friday, Real were drawn against Juventus in a repeat of last season’s final (which Los Blancos won 4-1 in Cardiff), while Barca face Roma for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Both sides will be happy with the lot.Juventus, in theory, is a tough draw for Real. The Italian champions are one of Europe’s great teams, but this is an Old Lady that really is getting on, an ageing team that somehow found a way past Tottenham in the second round despite only being the better team for around 20 minutes of the entire tie.”Honestly, I feel Tottenham were superior for much of the tie,” Real legend Emilio Butragueno said after the draw. “But Juve showed their character to qualify. That says a lot about the winning mentality they have, like ours.”It did. Juve found a way to win, just like Madrid. And although historically Real have had difficulty against the Italian giants in the European Cup, Zidane’s side would appear to be in better shape following their recent return to form.“Real are concentrating on the Champions League,” former Juve midfielder Pavel Nedved said. “We will have more difficulty in that we are fighting on three fronts. It will be very tough but we’re ready to face this part of the season.”Meanwhile, Barca probably have the best draw of all in Roma. The Italian side edged out Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16 and are way off the pace in Serie A title race this season, so even reaching this stage is a bonus.”We will face the best team in Europe,” Roma legend Francesco Totti said. “Barcelona will also be concerned at facing us. Roma has a very important and tough task ahead.”Perhaps. But it could have been much worse for both Barca and Real. The Primera Division pair managed to avoid Manchster City, Bayern Munich and Liverpool in Friday’s draw, while neither really wanted an all-Spanish tie against Sevilla.So, Italy should really be just another stop for the two Liga clubs on the road to Kiev and perhaps, a first Champions League Clasico since 2011.
Red Bull Salzburg 0 Borussia Dortmund 0 (2-1 agg): Stoger’s men suffer shock exit Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 05:59 16/3/2018 Bongarts Another disappointing display ended Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League hopes as they were knocked out by Red Bull Salzburg. Red Bull Salzburg comfortably held Borussia Dortmund to a goalless draw in their last-16 second leg clash to dump Peter Stoger’s men out of the Europa League 2-1 on aggregate.The Austrian side, unbeaten since August, secured a shock 2-1 lead in Germany last week through Valon Berisha’s double, but goalkeepers Alexander Walke and Roman Burki were equally tested in this return stalemate despite Dortmund’s need for at least two goals – a tally they never came close to achieving.Stoger’s gameplan made it easy for the hosts, Dortmund’s attempts to play the game entirely in Salzburg’s half opening up space for the energetic Hwang Hee-chan to run free. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Burki twice denied the 22-year-old forward and then produced a wonderful stop to thwart Xaver Schlager as the visitors somehow reached the break level on the night and still in with a chance of progression.Their improvement after the restart was minimal, though, Dortmund managing to keep Salzburg at bay but doing little to muster the requisite attacking response.Dortmund’s season is far from over as they remain well placed to seal Champions League qualification, but this shock exit for one of the tournament favourites will come as a blow to Stoger’s hopes of staying in the dugout beyond the end of the campaign.Das war‘s. Der BVB scheidet im Achtelfinale der @EuropaLeague aus. #FCSBVB 0-0 pic.twitter.com/fq92Syt0g9— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) March 15, 2018Dortmund made a particularly laboured start and might have fallen further behind in the tie within just six minutes as poor defending allowed Hwang in, Burki blocking his clipped finish.The visitors assumed complete control of possession but another error at the back then let Hwang run clear once more, the South Korea international this time pushed wide and drilling hard and low for Burki to save again.And Burki continued to single-handedly keep Dortmund in the contest, diving to his right to brilliantly tip Schlager’s curler around the post.A spectacular punch from Berisha’s teasing cross-cum-shot was next for Burki to deal with, Dortmund’s aimless possession only inviting snappy Salzburg tackles as the opening 45 minutes passed without event for Walke in the home goal.1 – This is only the second time this season that #BVB have had just one shot in the first half (the other game was the DFB Cup game at FC Bayern). Harmless.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 15, 2018Powerful efforts from half-time substitute Maximilian Philipp and Marcel Schmelzer worked Walke after the restart, before the goalkeeper was forced into action again when the latter stooped to head on target.Walke came up with a more difficult stop to keep a stumbling Alexander Isak out, then parrying from Philipp and watching on as Stefan Lainer stepped in front of a goal-bound strike.Salzburg did grow a little nervy but were never troubled, the scale of the task in the closing stages too much for Dortmund as Walke earned a clean sheet.And the hosts could have themselves stolen victory at the last as Munas Dabbur cracked the crossbar after Fredrik Gulbrandsen led a breakaway. read more
He filled it up all night and churned out tough run after tough run, but he punctuated his latest career performance with a 33-yard nail hammered into the Golden Hurricane’s coffin with just two minutes remaining.He also had a 34-yard run called back because of an offensive 12 men on the field penalty. face palm emojiChuba is putting up big numbers early, and gaining a little more than momentum as he enters Big 12 play.Oklahoma St RB Chuba Hubbard a Heisman dark horse. Already with 500+ rushing yards/7 TDs. Statement opportunity at Texas next weekend— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 14, 2019The actual count is 521 yards and 66 carries in three games (nearly half of his total carries in 13 games last year). That’s a hair under 8 yards per carry as well as seven rushing touchdowns. It’s still very early, but a little Heisman buzz is not unwarranted for the Cowboys’ new bell-cow back. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. It was an ugly outing for just about every phase of OSU football on Saturday, at least at one time or another — except one.Spencer Sanders and the Cowboys passing game suffered through its first stinker of his young career. Sanders singlehandedly lost the turnover battle 2-0. Tylan Wallace was electric when he was able to avoid Tulsa’s apparent (and fairly successful) PI-defensive strategy.What’s worse, this was the lowest passing yardage total (169 yards, one TD, one INT) by any Oklahoma State team since Daxx Garman went for 158, one TD and one pick, and barely survived the 2014 Texas game.The defense came up with some big stops in the second half, but was rather welcoming to Tulsa early, allowing 171 yards, six yards per play and 14 points in the second quarter to allow the Golden Hurricane to take a 21-20 halftime lead. It’s Tulsa, maybe I give Jim Knowles’ crew a B-.But OSU’s ground game, led by Chuba Hubbard, was the Cowboys offense. He kept them afloat early and pushed them to victory late.Hubbard turned in a career-high of 256 yards on 32 carries (8 yards per), both of which topped a career mark set two weeks ago in Corvallis. His three rushing scores tied a career best for the second time.Chuba was unstoppable in Tulsa and has been so far this season, anytime it has counted.Mike Gundy said he pulled Chuba against McNeese because he fumbled his second carry of the game (though he stayed in for six more and a whole other quarter). But regardless of whether he sat because it was McNeese or because of ball security, the Cowboys didn’t need him to beat an FCS opponent.They did need him against Tulsa, and he delivered big.The first play from scrimmage was a handoff to the world-class speedster, and he took it 75 yards to the house.Shortly after that he added a 30-yard score, pushing OSU to a 14-0 lead and padding the numbers on an all-time opening quarter.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. BOX SCORETexas downed Oklahoma State in Austin for the first time since 2008 on Saturday evening in an uneven 36-30 game that started and ended with a Poke jolt. OSU struck first and last but struggled in the interim as missed opportunity after missed opportunity flew past them (we’ll get to those shortly).Spencer Sanders had a better game than his numbers would indicate. He was 19/32 for 268 yards and two picks, but he had 109 yards on the ground and a TD. Chuba Hubbard had 121 on the ground, but it came at the expense of 37 carries against Texas’ monstrous defensive front. Those two combined for 55 carries.On the flip side, Sam Ehlinger went 20/28 for 281, 4 TDs and a pick. He ran for 70 yards as well, including the late dagger on third and long with just over a minute left in the game. Keaontay Ingram had 114 on the ground on just 21 carries, and Devin Duvernay caught 12 of his 14 targets for 108 yards and a TD.Similar to OSU’s last few games in Austin, Saturday was often an amalgamation of miscues and electric plays. Unlike OSU’s last few games in Austin, the Pokes came out on the wrong end because they couldn’t capitalize when they had chances.Texas started the game down a couple of DBs as well as their best skill position player and they lost what seemed like two rows on the depth chart worth of defenders during the game, but OSU refused to open the game up and get into a shootout. As a result they took their first L since before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States.We’ll get to all of this shortly, but first a quick thanks to our friends at Thrive Landscape and Irrigation. They’ve been sponsoring the 10 Thoughts for two years now, and we finally have a fancy little logo for them at the top. If you live in Stillwater, check ’em out.Onto the 10 Thoughts.1. Missed OpportunitiesA non-exhaustive list of the myriad opportunities Oklahoma State had on Saturday to take control of this game (or at least play their way into it either early, late or in the middle).1. Drive No. 1 — Sanders threw a dime piece to Landon Wolf at the 4-yard-line, and OSU walked away with just three points. Foreshadowing.2. False Start — OSU had 2nd and 5 on Texas’ 12 on its first drive of the third quarter before getting called for a false start to make it 2nd and 10. They pick up 8 yards on the next two plays, which would have been good enough for a first down but instead had 4th and 2 and have to kick another FG.3. The Review — Spencer Sanders picks up a first down at UT’s 3-yard-line, but it’s called short. OSU goes for it on 4th and 1 and whiffs. No points.4. Pick-0 — Kolby Harvell-Peel picks Ehlinger and runs it back to Texas’ 33-yard-line. This drive somehow ends with an incomplete pass from Jake McClure to Jelani Woods. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯5. Pick No. 2 — OSU still has a ton of time left in the game, but Sanders gets hit and throws his second pick with 10 minutes left in the fourth.The rest of the game was a little distorted because Texas was trying to run the clock out and not totally attempting to score. So I think it’s unfair to say that OSU could have just kicked two of these FGs (from the 4-yard-line and on the fake) and say, See they could have been in overtime. But it’s not difficult to extract at least a few points from the five instances I noted above. On the flip side, they did take advantage of two badly fumbled punts from Texas. An aside: Does anyone in the Big 12 practice punt returns?Texas is fine. They’re good. They have good players, and Ehlinger can go a little bit. But OSU can go with them and is actually better than them at the skill positions. But you only get so many chances against good teams. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about OSU in the Gundy era it’s that they’re not good enough to overcome this many mistakes against a team they can’t move around in the trenches like Texas. Not many schools are. And it finally cost them in Austin.2. Sanders Can GoI wondered if Gundy would treat Sanders like a mom treats her first-born on his first trip to college. With tightly-clutched fists and one hand on the emergency brake. Thankfully he let him go a little bit, and after the wrong-foot seeds he tossed on the first drive, I was ready to build a mini Sanders statue next to wherever they put the Pickens and Big Sanders ones.Then he may have had the best run by a QB in Oklahoma State history late in the fourth. I’m sure Zac had some similar ones, but this had me reaching for the oxygen tank.Was he perfect? No. The game — as Gundy might say — still seems a little fast for him, but he’s got the goods. You can tell. It’s easy to see. He’s going to be so special over the next four years, and we’re going to look back at this game and laugh at how far he leaped over the next 45. It’s much easier to discern that in a loss at Texas than a big-stat win at Oregon State or Tulsa. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty hyped about the Spencer Sanders era.3. So Let Him Go …It seemed early on at least like OSU was intent on forcing Texas to run and Texas was intent on forcing OSU to pass. Texas obliged on offense and gave the rock to Ingram over and over again. They had no respect for the middle of the field, and that was the right call. OSU, on the other hand, ran it 55 (!) times with Chuba and Sanders.After the way he slung it on that first drive, I thought they should let No. 3 open up the field and save Chuba for the closing kick. Like how you run your best starting sprinter first in the 4×100 and then let the monster close.Instead, OSU seemed too insistent on getting the run game going even though Texas was begging to get beat deep. OSU eventually (sort of) adjusted, but it felt like a missed opportunity to find some offensive rhythm and led to this fairly unimpressive set of drives in the middle of the game.4. All of the InjuriesA real, serious question here: Does Texas have a strength and conditioning coach? What in the world? Did they think this FBS season would be played as flag football? Do they lift weights? Why would they not pay Rob Glass $5 million to come do Rob Glass things? Actually, forget I mentioned this!There were certainly a few fakies mixed in there, but for the most part, the Horns’ ouchies seemed pretty real. You can add that as No. 6 on the list of opportunities OSU didn’t take advantage of.5. On that Fake FGI … kinda didn’t hate it. Your goal with a fake FG is to do it when nobody else watching the game thinks you’re going to do it. Down at Texas when you’re starving for points and just took a delay of game and seem like you have no idea what you’re doing could not be a more perfect time!Now listen, they executed it like me trying to run the option with my five-week-old daughter and her bottle of milk, but I still kind of enjoyed the situation.6. Tommy BoyIs there a college football coach more unlikable than Tom Herman? Is there a coach in any sport more unlikable? Is he the most unlikable coach — fictional or non-fictional — in sports history? He makes the Icelandic coach from Mighty Ducks look like Tony Dungy! My favorite of his two handfuls of antics on Saturday evening was going with the “Frank Beamer 0-0 tie” celebration on a third-down stop in the first half.What are you doing, Tom?7. Chess MatchI’m not steep in the Xs and Os game, but I thought both sides moved around their chess pieces a lot on Saturday. I’m not sure they always moved them to the right spot, but OSU used two of their most effective pass-catchers — Jelani and Tylan — in the run game quite a bit. Jelani was his usual DE-killing self, and I thought Tylan had a massively underrated game with his blocking alone.On the other side of the ball, when OSU started stacking the box a bit, Ehlinger tried to beat them deep and often succeeded. His arm strength was an eye-opener to me. He has the look of somebody who’s like a sixth-string shotputter on his high school track team, and yet he threw a couple of Chris Leakian balls on Saturday that had me like …8. O-Line DisappointmentI don’t know that Oregon State and Tulsa were a mirage, but the line was disappointing in this game. Maybe some of that is on Chuba. Maybe some of it is on the Cowboy Backs. Heck, maybe some of it is on the rhythm of playcalling. But they didn’t open things up for Chuba at all. He’s as fresh and as good as he’s going to be all year, and they couldn’t spring him. It’s been two steps forward, one step back for them so far this season.9. Middle of the FieldWe talked about this after the Tulsa game, but OSU again got exposed down the gut. They face a problem that most Big 12 teams face. You can push more guys into the box and into the middle, but then you’re naked on the outside. I actually thought they did a pretty good job (??) of mixing and matching this against Ehlinger and Ingram throughout the game. They gave up four TDs on long, big-time drives and one on a short field after what will eventually go down as the worst pass in the history of the Spencer Sanders era.Texas scored more against mighty LSU (38) than they did against Oklahoma State (36). OSU’s defense is never going to be what you (we) think it should be. They’re just not. Nobody in the Big 12 is. People talk about Iowa State’s defense in reverential terms, and a crappy Kansas State team put up 38 on them last season. It is what it is.As long as you can keep teams from finding a groove (Texas scored on consecutive drives just once) and create at least a few turnovers (OSU created three, albeit just one on defense), you’re going to be involved in every game you play.10. Big 12 OpenersOSU has now lost four straight Big 12 openers and six of their last eight. They don’t discriminate either. They’ve taken Ls against Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor and West Virginia in that span. They’ve been a world-beater in conference play following Big 12 openers, but the first one off the top hasn’t been pretty.The frustrating part here is that both the schedule and this Texas team opened up for them. Texas was asking to get beat late, and if not for Ehlinger’s will and OSU’s lack thereof, they might have.I have no idea where this OSU team will end up after 12 regular season games this year, but I think I’m actually more confident following Texas than I was before.After the most bizarre season in recent memory in 2018, OSU seems like it’s going to be back to generally what it’s been under Gundy: A quality team that beats worse teams and loses to better ones. The part I can’t help but leave this game wondering — just a little bit — is which category this Texas team should have fallen in.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s first home game in Big 12 Conference play kicks off Saturday night with a tough tilt against No. 24 Kansas State.The Cowboys are 4.5 point favorites over the visiting Wildcats, but to this point, K-State has a better resume — and a decided advantage defensively. And more dangerous: new coach Chris Klieman has had two weeks to prepare for this game as the Wildcats are coming off a bye week on the heels of a 31-24 win over Mississippi State in Week 3.As Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World pointed out, this is a tricky spot for OSU to try and bounce back after a loss last week in Austin.Kansas State has the better defense and a new coach — Chris Klieman — who is very, very good at winning.In three seasons as a North Dakota State assistant, he won three FCS national championship rings. In five seasons as the Bison head man, he was 69-6 with four more national titles and two NFL draft picks at quarterback (Carson Wentz and Easton Stick). [Tulsa World]Let’s get to the things you need to know to catch Saturday night’s game.Viewing Information• Kick time: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. CT• TV (streaming): ESPN+• Odds: Oklahoma State -4.5• Radio: Cowboy Radio Network or TuneInBroadcast informationOn the broadcast, which will be streamed by Big 12 Now on ESPN+, will be Mark Neely, Ray Bentley and Edward Aschoff. (If you’re not subscribed, go to espnplus.com/cfb.) On radio, Dave Hunziker will handle play-by-play, John Holcomb will provide analysis and Robert Allen will do reporting from the sideline.K-State preview• The PFB team predicts the final score (and other props) for OSU-K-State• Uniform predictions from Kyle Porter, Carson Cunningham and Justin Southwell• Dustin Ragusa’s excellent film study: What to expect from the Wildcats on offensePFB CoverageWe already have a gameday forum set up and cranking for PFB+ subscribers right here. We’re also planning to write deep into the night and into Sunday. Here’s a sample of what to expect:• Live blog (PFB+)• 10 Thoughts from Kyle Porter• Game story• Notebook
I got this email this week from a reader who gave me the go-ahead to post it. I’m not posting it to comment on it. In fact I’m not going to comment on it even though I disagree with parts of it. I’m posting it because I think it’s a good synopsis of where a lot of rational OSU fans are at the moment with Gundy (based on what people tell me), which is about to become problematic for Oklahoma State as a program.Here it is.Here’s the biggest deal for me and why I’m so anti Gundy right now, he doesn’t seem engaged. My friend was at the game he sent a pic of the team huddled up during a time out, Gundy was 20 yards away, arms crossed. He literally looks like a corpse propped up out there. Look at the elite coaches, they are so involved in every play. Not Gundy, and his team plays like he coaches. Low energy, boring, no urgency. He’s really turning into Bill Snyder, I don’t want that. I’m not buying a new polo every year, having my weekends revolve around OSU football for 6-6/8-4 seasons every year. If we have no chance at ever winning the conference, I will quit caring. I’ll watch OSU football like I watch OSU basketball or the Dallas Cowboys. If I’m not doing anything, I’ll watch it or have it on as background noise. But I’m rarely engaged in those games, I’m mostly indifferent. That’s it in a nutshell, I’m afraid Gundy is going to end up turning the fan base into mostly indifferent people. Maybe Shane Illingworth comes in and jolts the program, I’m not off the Sanders hype train, but it is starting to lose steam. I honestly think he might have been a little concussed, he was playing really well till he took that shot to the dome. Play-calling doesn’t help him either. Anyways, another loss and I’m out on the season, I’m not here for a coach that looks like Bernie from “Weekend at Bernie’s” (get Carson to explain the reference) or a team that plays like they’ve got better things to do. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.