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Around the Web in 7 Days: OSU offense loaded
There's a chance, this Saturday, that the Kansas University football team's offense will score more than three points, gain more than 87 yards and pick up more than five first downs. A good chance, in fact.
Heck, the Jayhawks might even quadruple all of those numbers they suffered through during last week's loss at Nebraska.
But no matter what Quinn Mecham and company do — save for pulling off a shocking upset of the No. 10 team in the nation — KU's offense will look drastically inferior to the product that Oklahoma State puts on the field.
The Cowboys come to Lawrence sporting the nation's top-ranked offense, which ranks first in total offense, second in passing offense, third in scoring offense and 30th in rushing.
Quarterback Bradon Weeden leads the nation in passing. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon leads the nation in receiving. And running back Kendall Hunter ranks fourth in rushing and second in rushing TDs nationally. Even OSU place kicker Dan Bailey ranks third in the nation in scoring and second in field goals.
But it's not just Oklahoma State's offense that has this team rolling. The defense has improved each week and seems to be hitting its stride. Coach Mike Gundy, he of the famous, "I'm a man; I'm 40" rant from a few years back, is a no-nonsense kind of guy who demands perfection and seems to be awfully close to getting it week-in and week-out.
I could go on and on about how talented, dangerous, entertaining, etc., the Cowboys are. Or I could just let those who cover them on a daily basis do it for me.
So, here's a look at some of the more recent articles written about the 9-1 Cowboys.
Brandon Chatman of The Oklahoman makes a compelling case for WR Justin Blackmon to be considered in the Heisman Trophy voting. In case you miss it, the best part of this article is the subhead, which has the following quote from OSU's offensive coordinator: "All I can say is this: Every time he's on the field, he's the best player.”
The Oklahoman's John Helsley talks about OSU emphasis on turnovers in his OSU football notebook.
Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler writes that the Cowboys have earned and deserve respect.
Bill Haisten, of The Tulsa World, examines how Oklahoma State has reversed its fortune in road games this season. OSU will be looking to cap off a perfect season on the road Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson, a KU grad, pens this story about former KU defensive coordinator Bill Young, the man in charge of the Cowboys' defense. Young, of course, spent several seasons on Mark Mangino's staff at Kansas, including the magical Orange Bowl year of 2007.