Football Friday: The Big 12′s best ranting coaches, Jake Waters, Daniel Sams, Robert Rose and the challenge of Oklahoma State

It’s time for another Football Friday.

Kansas State will take on Oklahoma State in the classic Big 12 game of the Week time slot at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in Stillwater. Both teams are coming off road losses, so this game will be crucial to both teams.

Thanks again for all the questions. Let’s get to them:


This might be my favorite Football Friday question yet. The Big 12 has witnessed some epic coaching rants in recent years. We all remember Mark Mangino bringing up dollar signs. Bo Pelini was probably the all-time best ranter. I mean, he was always ranting about something, even Nebraska fans. Mike Leach once blamed a loss on his players’ “fat little girlfriends.” That was probably the best single rant. It was funny and he didn’t criticize officials. Alas, those three coaches are no longer in the Big 12. Of the current 10 coaches in the league, the top-ranter award has to go to Mike Gundy.

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Fiesta Bowl Countdown: Commercials

Oregon football coach Chip Kelly starred in his very own UPS commercial this year. You’ve probably seen it already — Logistics! — but if you haven’t you can check it out above.

I’m not the biggest fan of those UPS commercials. It takes lots of work behind the scenes to do anything. Other than calling that hard work logistics, UPS is not doing anything special. But Kelly did a nice job and scored some face time and exposure for his offense.

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has been in commercials before, too. Check this one out.


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‘Belldozer’ origins trace back to Collin Klein

Some of the most interesting moments of Monday’s Big 12 Media Days session came near the end when Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops bumped into Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein in between interviews.

The two talked for a few minutes about all sorts of different topics. Football, marriage, honeymoons, country music, Blake Bell … They all came up.

For this blog post, we will focus on that last topic. Klein said Bell was in attendance for his wedding over the weekend, and then Stoops said something revealing. He told Klein that he got the idea to sub Bell (Oklahoma’s sophomore backup quarterback who once starred at Bishop Carroll) for Landry Jones as a short-yard specialist last year after watching Klein dive into the end zone week after week.

“I saw you running all these great plays,” Stoops said, “and I said, ‘Hey, I’ve got a guy with the same body over here. I need to borrow that.’ That’s where it all started.”

So the “Belldozer” origins trace back to Klein. Who knew?

A quick Google search reveals that Stoops has hinted at the connection before. And Bell’s breakthrough success as a power-running, touchdown-scoring quarterback certainly correlate with Klein. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder scored his first collegiate touchdown against the Wildcats. Stoops must have watched lots of Klein film that week.

Bell impressed Stoops so much that he played in the remainder of Oklahoma’s games and finished the season with 171 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Following a big spring game, Sooners fans have already begun clamoring for him to see more playing time.

Stoops said that is unlikely to happen yesterday. He doesn’t want to alternate quarterbacks, and likes the big-play capabilities Jones brings to the field with his arm. But Bell will definitely continue to be a threat near the goal line.

If not for Klein first rushing for 1,141 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior, that might not be the case.

Sunday Rewind: Oklahoma 58, K-State 17

Overall Assessment: Every realistic Kansas State football fan knew the Wildcats’ undefeated run was going to come to an end at some point. Maybe the way Oklahoma ended that run, by exposing several of K-State’s weaknesses in a 58-17 blowout Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, was surprising. But the simple fact that the Wildcats are trying to move on from their first loss today is not.

The question now is: How will they handle it?

The Sooners posed significant matchup problems for the Wildcats. In order to beat Oklahoma, as Texas Tech shockingly did in Norman last week, you have to pressure Landry Jones and throw the ball for big yardage. K-State could do neither, and had to step out of its comfort zone. That led to zero success in the second half. Oklahoma played the game at its terms, and made winning look easy.

Difficult opponents remain on K-State’s schedule, but none play exactly the same style. If the Wildcats can put Saturday’s loss behind them, they can still finish the season strong and make it to a prestigious bowl game. In the past two seasons, they have rebounded well from brutal losses. A humiliating 66-14 loss at Texas Tech was followed with a 62-14 win over Texas A&M and a 48-13 loss to Nebraska was followed by a 59-7 win over Kansas.

But this is the first time this team has seen its own blood. Bill Snyder and players say Saturday’s loss was unacceptable, and that they will turn things around quickly.

“I would say that we have a tough minded group of young guys that understand and deal with success and with failure,” Snyder said. “I would hope that the failure would not come from not caring and not trying to correct your mistakes, like when we have not failed. Our guys seem to care, tend to care. They will begin to make an effort and try and get all of their mistakes corrected.”

We’ll have to wait a week to find out how much they correct. Here’s a look at all that and more in this week’s Sunday Rewind:
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Looking ahead to gameday: Oklahoma

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2011 schedule. Next up, at Kansas.

If the only championship Oklahoma wins this season is of the conference variety, some will view it as a disappointment.

In 2011, the Sooners are thinking bigger. As the nation’s top-ranked preseason team, they are thinking national championship. With 14 starters returning, including Heisman Trophy contender Landry Jones at quarterback, Oklahoma truly is loaded.

An injury to linebacker Travis Lewis, which will keep him out of the season’s first few games, could be problematic with highly-ranked Florida State on the schedule on Sept. 17, but he should be back to lead Oklahoma’s defense in time for make-or-break conference games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

He should also be back in time for Oklahoma’s trip to Kansas State on Oct. 29. If the Sooners are still ranked No. 1, the Wildcats will take on a top-ranked team (at least in the AP Poll) for the first time since facing Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 championship game.
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Scheduling strategies differ in new Big 12

Scheduling photo

At his annual preseason media day news conference last week, a reporter asked Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder why he canceled a future home-and-home series against Oregon.

His answer was robotic.

“My feelings about scheduling,” Snyder responded. “That hasn’t changed. I still feel the same way — right, wrong or indifferent — that I always have.”

Snyder’s feelings about scheduling (if you need a refresher) are to play as many nonconference games as possible at home against beatable opponents. Traveling to both UCLA and Louisiana-Lafayette last year was not at all his cup of tea.

With the help of athletic director John Currie, he has added future games against Texas-San Antonio and Central Florida. Expect more games of that caliber to show up on future Wildcats’ schedules. Not just because they please Snyder, but because Currie believes extra home games will be needed when the Big 12 becomes a 10-team conference and switches to a nine-game format.

Other coaches and athletic directors across the league are also talking schedules these days, but no two opinions are exactly the same. K-State and Kansas appear to be scheduling light, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops is thinking about doing the same and Texas just added Notre Dame.
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Stoops: New Big 12 more than OU, UT

Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops had an interesting conversation with reporters this morning about the future of the Big 12.

When asked if he thought the lack of a conference championship game would make it impossible for anyone other than Oklahoma or Texas to win titles on a regular basis (because a round-robin schedule would make everyone face the traditional powerhouses while they only see each other once) Stoops gave a typical answer.

“We gotta beat all of them, too,” he said.
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Now at the podium: Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Sooners hope last year was an abberation.

They had some success, went 8-5 and beat Stanford in the Sun Bowl, which wasn’t exactly a bad season, but it wasn’t up to typical Boomer Sooner standards.

With quarterback Landry Jones returning, and an improved offensive line leading the way, OU coach Bob Stoops is once again aiming for the top.

“Hopefully we’re at a spot where we can compete for a championship again,” Stoops said.
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Postgame: Oklahoma 42, K-State 30

Before Saturday’s game at Oklahoma, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder joked that he wanted to appeal the NCAA and start this contest in the second quarter.

Had he gone through with the plan and somehow had that idea approved, the Wildcats would have left Norman with an impressive victory.

Instead, they were outscored by 21 points in the first quarter and lost 42-30. The first-quarter onslaught was nothing new for Oklahoma. Coming into the day, the Sooners had outscored their opponents 58-0 in the first quarter.
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Live Blog: OU 42, K-State 30

FINAL
Kansas State made things closer than many expected in Norman tonight, but couldn’t quite pull out the win.

The Wildcats fell to the Sooners 42-30, and can point to a 21-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter as the reason why. From that point on, K-State outplayed Oklahoma and looked like the better team.

Daniel Thomas played through a sore shoulder and 129 yards of total offense to go along with a rushing touchdown. Grant Gregory threw for 174 yards. Brandon Banks cuahg nine passes for 156 yards and also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.

Landry Jones, though, threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Three of them came in the first quarter. Check back later for a full report.
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