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Figuring out a gameplan to keep KU close to Oklahoma State

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Jesse Newell: Welcome back to the GameDay Cram Session, as Kansas is taking on Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

Tom, what is your favorite thing about Stillwater?

Tom Keegan: Pistol Pete, the OSU mascot. When I see him I think of two of my all-time favorite athletes: Pistol Pete Maravich and Walt “No Neck” Williams, the White Sox outfielder.

JN: Looking at the Cowboys, quarterback Brandon Weeden will turn 28 next week. Do you think — considering his skill set and age — that he has a future in professional football?

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TK: If he doesn’t make it in the NFL it will because he doesn’t have the necessary arm strength and doesn’t have a particularly quick release, not because of his age.

JN: Switching to KU, if you were coach Turner Gill, what gameplan would you draw up to try to stay close to the Cowboys?

TK: First, let me say that if I were drawing up the gameplan for Turner, Kansas would lose 81-3 and No. 3 would complete passes all day to No. 81. But I guess if it were up to me, on every play I’d snap the ball right before the clock expired, I’d run the ball a lot and try to make the game as short as possible.

Kansas offensive lineman Trevor Marongelli (69) delivers a block to clear the way for a touchdown run from running back Rell Lewis (6) against Texas Tech during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas offensive lineman Trevor Marongelli (69) delivers a block to clear the way for a touchdown run from running back Rell Lewis (6) against Texas Tech during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field. by Nick Krug

Plus, I’d see if the team could get away with sneaking a 12th player on the field on defense because 11 helmets won’t be enough to stop the Cowboys.

JN: OK, Tom, what's your prediction?

TK: Oklahoma State 55, Kansas 21.

Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens (24) jumps over KU's defensive line for a touchdown during the second half Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at Memorial Stadium.

Texas Tech running back Eric Stephens (24) jumps over KU's defensive line for a touchdown during the second half Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at Memorial Stadium. by Mike Yoder

OSU is faster, bigger, more experienced, more skilled, more confident, deeper, better organized, more instinctive, more fundamentally sound, hungrier, more physical, in better condition, is playing in front of its jacked home crowd and the players have their names on the backs of their jerseys.

JN: I'll say OSU tacks on the extra point for its eighth touchdown. Give me Cowboys 56, Jayhawks 21.

All right, Tom, who's your Hawk to Rock?

TK: Tight end Tim Biere’s ability to get open translates to better competition.

Kansas tight end Tim Biere grabs a pass over Texas Tech defenders Blake Dees (25) and Cody Davis (16) during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field. The ball was fumbled and recovered by Kale Pick in the end zone for a touchdown.

Kansas tight end Tim Biere grabs a pass over Texas Tech defenders Blake Dees (25) and Cody Davis (16) during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field. The ball was fumbled and recovered by Kale Pick in the end zone for a touchdown. by Nick Krug

JN: Pick a running back, any running back, as the Cowboys are the third-worst rush defense in the Big 12 (behind KU and Texas Tech).

Brandon Bourbon seems like he should get more carries after last week's breakout performance, so I'll say he finds the end zone against OSU.

Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon races up the sideline to the end zone as the Texas Tech defense trails during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon races up the sideline to the end zone as the Texas Tech defense trails during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field. by Nick Krug

Predictions tally (through four games)

Tom: 3-1 record.
Jesse: 3-1 record.

Hawk to Rock

Tom Keegan
McNeese State: Toben Opurum (3rd in Keegan ratings)
Northern Illinois: Darrian Miller (7th in Keegan ratings)
Georgia Tech: Bradley McDougald (Not ranked in Keegan ratings)
Texas Tech: Tony Pierson (7th in Keegan ratings)

Jesse Newell
McNeese State: Brandon Bourbon (Not ranked in Keegan ratings)
Northern Illinois: Darius Willis (Not ranked in Keegan ratings)
Georgia Tech: Kale Pick (Not ranked in Keegan ratings)
Texas Tech: James Sims (3rd in Keegan ratings)

Comments

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

Jersey name joke! An open jab at Gill by Keegan. I knew you were really ahperse!

gardenjay 8 years, 7 months ago

Well, thanks for the opinions KU sports writers. Perhaps OSU will lose gracefully in front of their 'jacked' home crowd as KU gets the running game and passing game in amazing order, and I note the KU defense is much improved. Go KU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KGphoto 8 years, 7 months ago

In the spirit of yesterdays movie scene festival and game picks, I'd like ahperse and his little gang to watch this one. Hopefully it won't be removed. And hopefully you all get the message. It's not that hard. After all "This is your team", right?

My game plan? Run with OSU! It was working against TT to the tune of a 3 touchdown lead. They are gonna score on us. Score right back! That defense of theirs stinks to high heaven! Run 'em over! That's who we are. This is our team!

Funhawk 8 years, 7 months ago

I knew it! I knew it! Ahperse is the sport's editor!

Micky Baker 8 years, 7 months ago

Haha. The KUSPORTS.com staff actually posts an article like this.

Thank God we have Basketball. TG should be dismissed after this game. I'd feel more comfortable with having a entire new staff installed immediately.

Glen Mason anyone? TG and his staff have destroyed this program in less than two years. Its over as long as he's allowed to stay.

Robert Brock 8 years, 7 months ago

Keegan thought that this was going to be a low-scoring game, eh?

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