No. 6 Oklahoma State Beats No. 12 Iowa State 29

Fans have been wondering throughout the year what was wrong with the Oklahoma Sooners. One thing that adds to the level of excitement about this contest is that it is a conference rivalry. Tune into this game on Saturday the 17th of September.

The Oklahoma Sooners released their expected rotation for the 2011 season recently and a name is missing that is causing many fans to scratch their heads. When scanning the list, the starting running backs jump out at you: Brennan Clay and Jonathan Miller.

Mevlin Ejim and Jordan Railey each ought to see time as returning letterman while Royce White, Anthony Booker, and Percy Gibson will all make an impression as newcomers.

A trip to the heartland brings respect for those that work so hard feed this great nation. Seeing farmers hard at their work inspires the soul and calls all Americans to be better people. If you are a football team, a trip to the heartland can bring about an inspiring and humiliating loss. Syracuse held up it’s end of this deal on Saturday by dutifully showing up to get whacked 35-0 by the Iowa Hawkeyes. This game was not as close as that score might indicate. The Hawkeyes walked up and down the field and couldn’t even give up a mercy field goal. Are the Hawkeyes that tough?

The Big 12 bracket sets up very nicely for the Sooners, at least in terms of boosting RPI and tournament profile. If the seeds hold true to form (of course, they rarely do), OU would need to beat Oklahoma State (RPI ranking No. 25), Missouri (No. 12) and Kansas (No. 8) to claim a tournament title. Those wins would also give the Sooners three wins in three days against NCAA Tournament teams and revenge for two of their three conference losses.

NEEDS TO: Avoid the upset. Yes, it’s Colorado, with all of one win in conference play, and that against No. 10 seed Iowa State basketball. But, the Buffs have played several teams close in conference, including an overtime loss against Texas. Texas is somewhere between a seven and a nine seed in the NCAA Tournament right now, but could fall to a double-digit slot with a loss to a team with an RPI ranking below 200.

Northwestern came all the way back to tie it at 12 when it plated five runs in the sixth inning. Iowa scored three runs in the seventh to regain the lead and then held off Northwestern in the seventh to win 15-14.

There’s still a whole lot of talent in the Cyclone backcourt. Scott Christopherson is a quite talented shooter who has drained 131 career three-pointers already. He drained 86 last season, ending up 2nd from the conference and 33rd in the nation at 2.8 every game. His 44.1 3-point percentage was good for 11th in the country and he’s buried a 3-pointer in 34 consecutive contests. Christopherson doesn’t turn the ball over, works hard, and should not need to log so many minutes this season thanks to the Cyclones’s bench.

Oklahoma State Cowboys – Dana Holgorsen comes over Houston after his scheme helped the Cougars boast the No. 1 ranked offense in the country. He should pick up right where he left off at Oklahoma State, but the defensive side of the football will keep the Cowboys from being serious contenders.

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