The CFB Playoff Committee Has No Idea What’s Going On In The Big 12

first_imgWhile 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. Maybe Mike Gundy was right. Maybe we should be watching SpongeBob instead of the CFB Playoff show. On Tuesday, after the rankings came out, Texas Tech athletic director and CFB Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt proved the playoff is basically a beauty contest between the most traditionally gorgeous schools.This is simply amazing to read.Q. West Virginia as a one-loss team has over the last two weeks kind of fallen further and further behind the other one-loss teams, and this week they’re even behind a three-loss team. What is the committee seeing with West Virginia that is causing hesitation to move them higher?KIRBY HOCUTT: “The committee spent a great deal of time this week talking about West Virginia, and I think at this point in time, West Virginia having only played one game against a current CFP top-25 team, which was a loss for them, and that is what we spent a great deal of time debating, discussing, is the fact that the quality win is not there yet for West Virginia. Their only game against a top-25 team was a loss to Oklahoma State.”OK, that seems reasonable, right? Just wait.Q. What is the difference between them and Oklahoma, who’s sitting up in the top 10 and has two losses and I don’t believe has a top-25 win?KIRBY HOCUTT: “Yeah, the difference there is the committee discussed the last couple of days is the head-to-head win over West Virginia.”Uh oh. No, Kirby. Don’t do it.Q. No, not Oklahoma State, Oklahoma.KIRBY HOCUTT: “Okay, I’m sorry. You know, Oklahoma is a team that has a tremendous offense. They’ve continued to bounce back from two early-season losses. They’re on a seven-game winning streak. The committee believes that Oklahoma is deserving of that 9 spot, and still looking at West Virginia to get a quality win.”A tremendous offense! Oklahoma has zero wins over CFP top 25 teams. That’s the same number as West Virginia. Zero! They got housed be a maybe-above-average Houston team. Housed. But their offense is good!Your thoughts, Dana.Threat level: Holgorage pic.twitter.com/M9vkkCbgte— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 12, 2016What a mess, but this is what happens when you let a committee decide the goodness or badness of various teams and don’t let the teams sort it out on the field. The built-in biases we all have will eventually take over. Heck, I think OU is better than West Virginia because they’re OU. But the folks on the committee are not supposed to think that way … even though they do.last_img read more

Watch: Chris Carson the Tank Engine

first_imgWhile 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. Our photo/video guy Chris Knox put together this awesome video of Chris Carson set to the lyrics of a Biggie Smalls/Thomas the Tank Engine mashup. I of course had no idea what in the world the song was, but I have to say it’s pretty awesome.We tried our best to edit out all the expletives, and I think we got them all, but you might want to keep the volume down just in case.Also, if you missed it, you should read Kyle Cox on Carson’s renaissance.last_img read more

Chalk Talk: Gundy’s Conservative Calls Lead to OSU’s Downfall

first_imgWhile 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 has been discussed at length by now, but late in the second half of Oklahoma State’s 38-20 loss against Oklahoma, Barry J. Sanders took a big kick return to the 50-yard line, giving OSU some momentum and an opportunity for points before the half.But instead of trying to get something, they ran the ball and let the clock run out. Now to the average Cowboy fan, this is no surprise; Gundy decides to kneel the ball just about every time if there’s less than two minutes on the clock. But in this particular situation, it was oddly uber-conservative, even for him.screenflick-movie-209Again, OSU fans have seen this all year. And with how Rudolph played, it’s understandable that they didn’t take more shots throughout the game. But in this scenario, there were a number of different ways that they could have approached this more efficiently without much of an increased risk.First of all — If you have the ball on the 50-yard line, you should at least try and get something. Yes, Rudolph is bad away from home, but at least give him a one-read play, and if it’s not there have him throw it away.Secondly — if you want to run the ball, fine. But don’t run the ball out of the full house; you’re practically telling the defense that you’re running the ball. If you’re going to be that conservative, at least spread out the field to give the illusion that you’re going to pass, and that way a run or screen could catch the defense by surprise.screenflick-movie-209Finally — If you don’t want to pass the ball and instead go with the run, that’s ok. But at least call a timeout with a couple of seconds left and take a shot. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? He gets sacked? He throws an incompletion or interception in the end zone? Who cares? Everyone knows that Gundy is conservative, especially in Bedlam, but there’s literally no downside to taking a shot.And this is just one example of many. How about late in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to make it a one possession game? Instead of trying to get the touchdown, the Cowboys decide to run it three times in a row, including on a third and 10, and try for the field goal. And Grogan missed it.This game was filled with decisions like these. Running it out of the full house on second down and ten and trying a pass against a max zone coverage on third for an incompletion. Going in four or five deep coverage and letting Mayfield pick your zone apart. Giving cushion to receivers on third and one. It goes on and on. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for OSU. It’s just unfortunate that it all came together at once.last_img read more

The Reload: Junior Day Offers and Notable Visitors

first_imgWhile 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. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Junior Day OffersAmong the many sporting events taking place in Stillwater on Saturday was an important recruiting event that takes place under Mike Gundy’s watch. Generally close to 100 recruits make their way from all over the state and surrounding area to visit the facility, meet with coaches, and of course go to the basketball game. It’s an official visit of sorts, minus the fact that OSU pays for it.Coaches generally take this time to hand out scholarship offers to some of their targets on the board, and Saturday was no exception. Here’s who Oklahoma State offered, along with a list of visiting prospects.Jordan Kelley — Nose TackleYou’ll never believe it, but Union produced another Division I talent in Kelley. Shocker, right? The offer to the junior defensive tackle/defensive end is his second. Tulsa offered earlier in 2016. Now Oklahoma State.Listed at 6-foot-3 240, Kelley is one of the most disruptive defensive lineman I’ve seen in person. He’s a bully in the middle and with his combination of size and agility, he reminds me a little of Vincent Taylor. Just an athletic freak for a player of his size.Julon Williams — AthleteMike Gundy loves him some dual-threat quarterbacks who have versatility to play other positions. That’s Williams’ profile in a nutshell. With his experience playing at the quarterback position as a supreme runner and passer, he’s a playmaker that can be slotted at any position. So he’s an athlete Oklahoma State is willing to take a chance on, extending an offer during his visit.Rated as a three-star recruit at 5-foot-10 188 pounds, I’d like to think this offer may be as a defensive back/athlete. But the reality is that he could play on both sides of the ball with his versatility.Byron Hobbs — Outside linebackerOffer No. 1 is in for Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills outside linebacker Byron Hobbs, and OSU is first in line.6-foot-4, 205 pounds? From Fort Worth? And still hasn’t garnered interest elsewhere? I’m betting that changes. So I like this offer.Trey Stratford — Offensive Lineman6-foot-4 three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford, a prospect from Allen, Texas, was offered yesterday.Being from Allen — one of the most dominant high school football programs in Texas — he’s not been a well-kept secret. Baylor, Mississippi State and TCU have all joined the list since the year began, and Texas, Ole Miss and Houston also have standing offers to the offensive tackle.Blake Barron — Inside LinebackerAnother first offer out the door on Saturday. This one to unranked inside linebacker prospect Blake Barron of Rockwall, Texas.Oklahoma State is now pursuing both inside linebackers from Rockwall. The OSU staff offered 2018 linebacker Alston Orji, a four-star recruit, earlier in 2016. Barron is an underrated backer, though, and at 6-foot-1 218 pounds I think he has good size at the inside backer position.Nic McTear — Tight endNic McTear picked up his first Division I offer with OSU’s on Saturday. From Frisco, Texas, McTear will likely be a steal as an unranked recruit right now. He has good size for a tight end, he has very good leaping ability, and he’s a solid blocker — and important characteristic OSU needs for its cowboy back position.Rafiti Ghirmai — Offensive LinemanAnother Frisco native with an offer on junior day: rising offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai. A three-star offensive tackle, Ghirmai already has 12 Division I offers and counting — 9 since Jan. 1.As everyone knows, offensive tackle is a position of high importance for OSU. And even if it gets solidified this season, it’s always smart to look to the future. Ghirmai would be a nice one to pick up down the road and can take care of QB Spencer Sanders blindside.Byron Hanspard — Wide ReceiverFor yet another cycle, Oklahoma State is seeking the commitment of a DeSoto wide receiver. Three-star Byron Hanspard is the latest:Also on his offer list: Northwestern, Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas Tech.Gemon Green — Defensive backAnother DeSoto product, Gemon Green has been offered by Oklahoma State as a defensive back. The latest defensive back from DeSoto to pick OSU was A.J. Green in 2016.With 8 offers already, OSU is getting in on the ground floor. Green has legit size for a defensive back — a trait OSU loves. And he’s a lanky athlete that can evolve into a lockdown defender.German Green — Defensive backALERT. We have another brother target. German, the brother of Gemon, happens to be twins with him. German is an inch taller than Gemon.OTHER VISITORSTaye Barber – QB/ATHWayne Jones – SafetyTommy Bush – WRTre Adams -WRParker Cupp – OLRylan Mcquarters – ATHAdrian Wilson – WR/ATHSean Shaw, Jr. – WRlast_img read more

Freshman Pitcher Heasley Named Closer With Guidance of Injured Senior

first_imgFreshman right-hander Jonathan Heasley was named the permanent Oklahoma State closer over the weekend, he told Pistols Firing on Tuesday, a scenario injured senior Trey Cobb said he knew might develop.Cobb, OSU’s typical closer, has been out for the Cowboys since mid-January because of elbow soreness in his right throwing arm. Before Heasley ever took the mound for the Cowboys, Cobb saw his potential and approached the developing situation with grace.It’s a conversation Heasley said he remembers almost word-for-word.“I expect not to have my job back when I come back,” Cobb said.Heasley was stunned that a senior, a guy on the front of the media guide, was telling him this.“I expect you to go out there and dominate,” he recalled. “They need to find something for me to do when I come back.”Cobb said when he charted Heasley’s pitches in the fall, he knew he would be a stud.“He’s gonna be able to do whatever he allows himself to do,” Cobb said. “This kid would have been our No. 2 last year on our staff behind (All-American Thomas) Hatch, as a freshman.”Heasley said that conversation meant a lot to him, but his first throws in an OSU uniform weren’t great, despite Cobb’s fortunetelling. In the second game of the Grand Canyon series, Heasley came in as a reliever in the eighth inning. He faced six batters, gave up three hits and four runs with a walk.He said it was nerves.“You’re just sitting down there in the bullpen, just waiting to hear your named called,” Heasley said. “Kinda felt like I got out there the first time a little too amped up. I almost lost all feel for mechanics because I was so nervous.”Cobb said from what he saw, Heasley’s adrenaline was just too high. It seemed as if he reverted to what was comfortable in the moment, he said.“He goes in there and forgets everything Rob teaches and just goes right back to whatever you did in high school,” Cobb said.There are eight true freshmen pitchers on the OSU staff. Heasley said he was he was a little worried he might have blown his shot at piercing the relief rotation.When he came back to the park the next day, he walked up to pitching coach Rob Walton, who is known as a wizard in correctional pitching. Walton didn’t have much to say, but acknowledged the rough day and prodded the youngster forwardThe encouragement helped Heasley know he was going to get another chance and that the staff had faith in him to go back out after a botched first try. When he learned he was going to start that next Tuesday, he said he was a lot more composed heading in.In his first start, Heasley went five innings, allowed two hits and no runs against Arizona State. He said he realized how different the game is in college from high school. Cobb said he knew that’s how it would go.“It’s something that Rob knew; it’s something that we all knew,” Cobb said. “Some guys just don’t handle it well the first time, but then we knew he was gonna be lights out the next couple times.“It was something that anyone could watch and be like, ‘This kid’s gonna be special.”Four days later, he was in his first save opportunity and gave up a loss-clinching sacrifice fly in the Cowboys’ 12-11 loss against Texas State. Heasley said coming in as the closer was a completely different feel. It was something he had never done before.Luckily, Cobb was there.“He’s been there the whole time, and he’s gonna walk through it with me,” Heasley said. “He’s on my side the whole time.”Since Cobb has been out, he has grown into a sort of player-coach role, he said. His desire to coach after his playing career has spiked after seeing the other side of the game, he said.“I joke and call myself the assistant to the bullpen coach,” Cobb said. “Like Dwight (on ‘The Office’) is the assistant to the regional manager. Like not quite the responsibility, but I’m there if something bad goes on.”Cobb said using his coaching eye, Heasley’s got the juice, but that’s not hard to notice. He posted a 29-3 high school record with a 1.47 ERA and more than 300 strikeouts at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. He had a perfect 13-0 record as a senior with a 0.33 ERA.Heasley allowed only four runs in 65 innings.“He’s just a guy who has incredible stuff; he has big league stuff,” Cobb said. “On the mound, he’s 94-96 with a nasty slider, good curveball, changeup.”Cobb said he knew by Heasley’s demeanor and confidence that he would fill the innings he left behind with his injury.“When you look at him, you don’t see him as a freshman,” Cobb said. “He’s had success his whole life on the mound, and he just doesn’t know what not having success is like.”Although Heasley has never been a closer, he said he is eager for the opportunity. It’s a different feel having to wait seven or eight innings every game, and the daily rehab is different. But Heasley says he kinda likes the pressure of being a freshman closer on a team that went to the College World Series last year.“You can be the hero or the zero,” Heasley said. “But I like coming into situations like that knowing I have to shut it down.” 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.last_img read more

Chalk Talk: Cowboys to Use More Three-Down Defense in 2017

first_imgIn Oklahoma State’s spring football press conference, OSU head coach Mike Gundy said that the Cowboys will have more varied looks on defense in the future, and that includes using more three-down lineman fronts in 2017.The Cowboys used the formation a number of times last season. The 3-3-5 defense has a number of variations, but the Cowboys mostly used it last year in passing situations.The 3-3-5 in its original state (six in the box, secondary pressed at the line of scrimmage) often employs the “disciplined aggression” philosophy, relying on zone blitzes and pressure to stop opposing offenses. Additionally, it creates an unusual front for the offense to block against, which can aid the defense in the running game.When the Cowboys used the 3-3-5 last year, though, they used it in a more simplified state. They used a 3-3-5 “across”, which means that all five players in the secondary align roughly 7-10 yards behind the line of scrimmage.This is a conservative defensive alignment used to stop the deep ball and force everything underneath. Here’s a graphic from a Chalk Talk article on last year’s Texas Tech game:The defense occasionally struggled in this personnel, as they gave up easy throws that often went for big yardage thanks to yards after the catch. The 3-3-5 is most effective as an aggressive scheme, and the Cowboys used it more conservatively with mixed results.The tough thing about the 3-3-5, and with any pressure-heavy defense in modern football, is that it goes against offenses that operate with a much higher tempo than when the defense became popular in the early 2000s.At that time, a defense could call different exotic blitzes with no worry about having to call plays on the fly. Now, if a defense calls a blitz and the quarterback throws for a first down, the defense has to call another play on the fly with the knowledge that using the same blitz call twice in a row is a major risk.This isn’t to say that the defense can’t succeed in modern football. There are plenty of teams who successfully use exotic defenses, such as Arizona and West Virginia. The issue is that the defense takes time to learn, and no team is going to have success if they don’t have the ability to analyze and learn the defense extensively.This is where the hiring of defensive analyst Brian VanGorder comes in. VanGorder has extensive experience with three-down hybrid defenses, tracing all the way back to his job coaching linebackers at Grand Valley State in 1989 under current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.Gundy believes that VanGorder can help the Cowboys incorporate the three-down philosophy into their defense.“I think college quarterbacks have become coaches on the field,” Gundy said earlier this week. “If you don’t give them a different look sometimes and use some variation in your defense, they’re pretty good at picking you apart. We think there are times for three-down and times for four-down … and that’s why I wanted to bring a guy in to help us with how much you need to work on each area.”The Cowboys aren’t going to completely overhaul their defensive system, but they are going to venture into becoming a more varied defense. The hope is that they will have enough time and knowledge to be able to use three-down sets more effectively than they did last year.There were times where it worked well and there were other times when it did not. But with an offseason in front of them, and plenty of bright defensive minds on staff, they have plenty of time to turn it into an asset. 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.last_img read more

Versatile Texas Athlete Jaelyn Nolan Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State’s big recruiting weekend was even bigger than we thought. In addition to a commitment from in-state lineman Bryce Bray, who chose OSU over Oklahoma, the coaching staff also pocketed a commitment from 2018 texas athlete Jaelyn Nolan, according to Scout. He held offers from Oklahoma, Houston and Texas Tech, among others before committing on Monday afternoon.Nolan is a standout dual-threat quarterback for Brownfield High School but missed most of last season with an ACL tear.Oklahoma State already holds a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders in the 2018 class, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, so Nolan will likely switch positions in Stillwater.In his sophomore season, Nolan completed 97 of his 159 passes, 1,311 yards and 11 touchdown passes. He also recorded 52 rushes for 320 yards and three touchdowns.“Yes sir, I’ve committed to Oklahoma State,” Nolan told Scout on Monday. “I just felt of the schools recruiting me they were the one I liked.”Nolan is the sixth commitment in the 2018 recruiting class, and the second this week. 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.last_img read more

New Cowgirls Soccer Stadium Looks Stunning

first_imgWhile 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. The Oklahoma State Cowgirl soccer team is getting a stunning new stadium because of a donation from booster Neal Patterson who is the CEO of a company called Cerner Corporation and makes a lot of money. He is also part of a group that owns the Sporting Kansas City MLS team.Patterson’s name will go on the new facility. Construction on the 3,500-seat stadium has already begun and is slated to be completely finished for the 2018 season.“When you provide an education to someone with intelligence, work ethic, determination and big dreams, you occasionally create a force that changes the world,” said athletic director Mike Holder in a statement. “Neal Patterson has done that in the health care industry and our goal is to use his investment in OSU soccer to attract bright, determined, big dreamers from around the world to our soccer team.“We have been blessed to have an abundance of successful and generous people that have helped transform our athletic department,” he added. “Our hope is that Neal’s gift will motivate someone else to make a difference on our campus. His name on the stadium is our way of saying thank you and inspiring that next great donor.”Sounds like a request to finish the baseball stadium which has been “almost completed” since Washington crossed the Delaware. But seriously, this is awesome for Cowgirl soccer. It’s a big time program (six Big 12 titles since 2003) that had little time facilities (i.e. a glorified intramural field) to play on.“A facility of this magnitude is a game changer for our program,” said OSU head soccer coach Colin Carmichael. “It helps the current student-athletes to be in one of the nicest facilities in the country. Our fans are going to have a much better game day experience. We want it to be a real family atmosphere.“We have always had a good student following,” he added. “But we want to enhance their experience, which will make for a better atmosphere. And of course this will affect recruiting.The photos of what this will all look like are stunning as is the site that houses the entirety of the project. Good on Patterson for the donation, and good on Cowgirl soccer for stepping into a bright future. last_img read more

The Reload: Top 2019 QB Target Chooses Texas A&M, Big Name Recruits Visit

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.2019 QB Grant Gunnell commits to Texas A&MOklahoma State’s top target at quarterback in the 2019 class, Grant Gunnell, committed to Texas A&M this week over OSU and dozens of other offers.Gunnell is rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country and a top-60 national recruit.“A&M feels like home to me,” Gunnell told Scout. “This university I love it, the academic side of it, I feel like even if I was not playing football I would want to go to it.”OSU and Mike Yurcich had been recruiting Gunnell from the jump and made a big impression on an unofficial visit in the process. But Mikey Y. must now move down his board that includes Grant Tisdale and Bo Nix.Big name recruits visit Oklahoma State for campAmong the heralded recruits who visited this week for camp were 2018 OSU quarterback commitment Spencer Sanders, 2019 defensive end target Marcus Hicks, 2018 safety commitment Kanion Williams, 2018 defensive tackle target and Ole Miss pledge Israel Antwine, and 2018 cornerback target Eddie Smith.Sanders has been a longtime firm OSU pledge; Hicks, a Kansas-area recruit, holds offers from a dozen schools including OU; Eddie Smith, a Louisiana cornerback, is tops on the OSU radar and could be nearing a decision soon.We’ll have more on Eddie Smith later this week. But just that list alone is a sign of a rising tide in Stillwater as the Class of 2018 continues its rise in the national recruiting rankings, with more potentially on the way.2018 WR Gabe Lemons offered by OSUFollowing an unofficial visit, 2018 wide receiver Gabe Lemons of Coppell reported a scholarship offer. Lemons is a 6-2 talent whose offer list includes Illinois, Air Force, Rice and Texas State.As you can see, OSU is now the 247Sports crystal ball favorite for him. As a junior last season, Lemons exploded on the scene with 616 yards, 43 receptions and 7 touchdowns.2019 WR Jeffery Carter offered by OSUAnother pass-catching talent offered this week is Jeffery Carter, a 2019 talent from Aledo. The 6-foot speedster has exploded in the past week with offers from Texas Tech, Illinois, Baylor and now OSU.Carter had 217 yards last season for Aledo but is bound for a big junior season for the Texas powerhouse. 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.last_img read more

City & Arsenal set club records in Carabao Cup final

first_imgLeague Cup Arsenal hit record new lows as Man City set club best in Carabao Cup final Goal 03:18 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester City lift Carabao Cup Getty League Cup Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Premier League Both sides made history on Sunday, though Citizens fans will be far happier with how they’ve entered the record books… Pep Guardiola lifted his first trophy with Manchester City on Sunday, with his side setting a new club record due to the impressive margin of the victory over Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.The Gunners, meanwhile, set a a few records of their own, though it will make for grim reading for fans of the London side.The final saw City continue with the same stunning form they’ve showed all season, condemning their opponents to an embarrassing defeat at Wembley, with Arsene Wenger’s charges seemingly at a loss as to how to cope with the onslaught from Guardiola’s men. 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 Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva secured a 3-0 win for the Manchester side, their best-ever result in a cup final, while the opposite is true for Arsenal – it’s their biggest ever loss in a cup final.It’s widely known that Wenger has never won the Carabao Cup (also known as the League Cup), but followers of the Emirates side will be aggrieved to know that Arsenal have lost six of their eight appearances in the final of the competition – including each of their last three.In fact, the Gunners are the first side in the history of the tournament to lose in three successive appearances in the final, with Wenger having led his squads to the ultimate match in 2007, 2011 and 2018.And with the French manager having it all to do again against City in the Premier League on Thursday – and Champions League football looking increasingly unlikely – fans will no doubt be wondering when significant changes will be made in order to restore some of the storied club’s former glory.last_img read more