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Better Know: Bowling Green

Better Know Logo 200On Friday, Ball State closes out their 2014 season on the road against MAC East champion and sure-to-be-bowling Bowling Green. For Bowling Green, they are looking to continue their successful season and have at least one more contest after BSU: The Marathon MAC Championship in Detroit. For Ball State, this Friday’s contest is an opportunity to close 2014 out on a high note, in a season where high notes have been few and far between for the Cardinals. A victory puts the Cardinals at 5-7, but more importantly, also 4-4 in the MAC. With the injuries, staff turnover, and random fluke bad luck that has plagued the Cards this season, a .500 in-conference finish would be nothing short of staggering.

Lengthening those upset odds (Vegas has BG as 9-point favorites) is the fact that current starting Cardinals QB Jack Milas was removed from the previous EMU game with a wrist injury and is listed as “out” on this week’s depth chart, joining a whole host of other Cardinals. Who won’t be there isn’t as important as who will be, namely the newly re-annointed QB1, Ozzie Mann. So it’s Ozzie Football time again for Friends of the Feather.

Kickoff time on Friday is 1pm at Doyt Perry Stadium, and you can catch the game on ESPN3. Of course, before you do that, you should learn about BG, and that’s where we come in. Time to Better Know: Bowling Green!

Team: Bowling Green Falcons
Record: 7-4 (5-2 MAC)
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Dino Babers
Series: BG leads 20-8-1
Last Meeting: 2009, a 31-17 BG win

Bowling Green Head Coach Dino Babers
… is in his first season as BG’s head coach, coming to the Falcons after a successful stint as head coach at FCS Eastern Illinois, where he was 19-7.
… his first year at Eastern Illinois was a worst-to-first turnaround and year two was a 12-2 record and a #2 national ranking.
… had the best offense in FCS both of his seasons at the helm of Eastern Illinois.

When it comes to BG versus the Cardinals
… BG is in the midst of six straight victories over the Cardinals.
… the last Cardinals victory over BG came in 1996, a 16-11 win at Bowling Green.
… in games played in Bowling Green, the Falcons have an 11-5 advantage.

The Bowling Green Falcons
… will honor 17 student-athletes on Friday as part of their senior day festivities. This particular group of graduates have led the Falcons to back-to-back MAC Championship Game appearances.
… will compete in Detroit on December 5 against a yet-to-be-determined MAC West opponent for the conference crown.
… are 3-0 this season in the week following a loss. Last week, the Falcons were defeated 27-20 last week at Toledo.

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Better Know: Eastern Michigan

Better Know Logo 200I remember in years past that an Eastern Michigan game, more often than not, was one of the penciled in Ws on the schedule when the MAC released the conference slate for the coming football season. I know the platitudes and such about “Any given Saturday” and the whole respect your conference opponent thing, but I think it’s safe to say from an objective point of view that as the MAC has progressed from midweek novelty to significant BCS busting power that has the P5 conferences on perpetual upset alert that one boat was left behind by the rising tide: the EMU Eagles.

The good news for EMU is that it appears their boat is finally on the upswing, as new coach Chris Creighton is pulling out the stops to make EMU competitive, marketable, and noteworthy for something other than being the team you try to schedule for homecoming. If he can’t do it, I question whether anyone can, and frankly, the systemic and institutional roadblocks at EMU make even the hurdles at Ball State seem manageable.

On Saturday, it’s Senior Day at the Scheu and there’s a chance for BSU to gain a small bit of momentum before closing the season on Black Friday at Bowling Green. It will be an emotional afternoon as most home finales are, but for the 2014 campaign, I say good riddance and bring on 2015. Before we close the book, though, there’s still 120 minutes of football to play this season and it’s time to Better Know the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Team: Eastern Michigan Eagles
Record: 2-8 (1-5)
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Chris Creighton
Series: Ball State leads 32-21-2
Last Meeting: Ball State defeated EMU 51-20 in Ypsilanti in 2013

Eastern Michigan Head Coach Chris Creighton…
… is in his first season as the Eagles’ head coach, after a successful stint at Drake University where he departed with the highest win percentage in program history.
… is not a stranger to the Hoosier State, having spent seven seasons as the head coach at Wabash College. He also served four years as the offensive coordinator at Manchester College.
… has a career record of 141-53, and if you take away the 2-8 this season for EMU it’s even more impressive.

When it comes to EMU versus the Cardinals…
… this contest will be the 56th meeting between the teams.
… Ball State holds a three game win streak over the Eagles, but their last win against Ball State did come in Scheumann Stadium, an overtime win in 2010.
… that 21-point EMU comeback in the 2010 win was the largest comeback in EMU school history.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles…
… have landed senior tight end Tyreese Russell on the midseason Mackey Award Watchlist for the nation’s top tight end. He leads the Eagles in receiving with 29 catches for 393 yards.
… have a gamechanger on defense, with tackle Pat O’Connor leading the MAC in sacks and ranking 2nd in the conference in tackles for loss.
… put the special in special teams, blocking six kicks so far this season, 5 of them kicks, one of them punts.

Saturday. 2pm. Senior Day. Is there any more reason needed than that?!

Better Know: Central Michigan

Better Know Logo 200It’s rare to have a season-defining game this early in the year, but on Saturday, the Cardinals have just that. Sitting at 1-5 on the season and in the middle of a five-game losing streak, a win on Saturday changes the tide and proves that Ws are in fact possible. It would be a tremendous confidence boost for Jack Milas to get his first win, and the defensive effort needed for a victory would hopefully springboard into future defensive performances.

The flip-side of that coin is a loss would set a tone that is just as defining for the back half of the season. A loss puts the Cards at 1-6 and would guarantee a sub-.500 season barring some significant miracles. Of the seven games remaining, a case could be made this is the 3rd-most winnable, behind UMass and Eastern Michigan. So yes, this game is important. It’s time to Better Know: Central Michigan.

Team: Central Michigan Chippewas
Record: 4-3 (2-1 MAC)
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Dan Enos
Series: BSU leads 24-21-1
Last Meeting: BSU W 44-24 in Muncie in 2013

Central Michigan Head Coach Dan Enos
… is in his 5th season at the CMU helm.
… has an overall record of 23-33 with a MAC record of 15-20.
… is a former Michigan State quarterback, having the 3rd best pass completion percentage for his career and the 8th highest total yards.

When it comes to CMU versus Ball State
… this will be the 47th meeting of the Cards and Chips, with BSU having won five of the last six meetings between the two.
… the Chips hold the advantage in games played in Mt. Pleasant, holding a 12-9 series advantage.
… kickoff on Saturday is at 3:30 and is watchable via ESPN3.

The Central Michigan Chippewas
… certainly have a steady recruiting base within their own borders. 74 players on their roster hail from the state of Michigan along with 6 of their coaches, 3 of whom played at CMU.
… are coming off a road win in Dekalb over the Northern Illinois Huskies.
… have a stellar running back in Thomas Rawls. The senior is averaging 168.0 rush yards per game.
… recorded their losses at home against Syracuse, at Kansas, and at Toledo. Their wins came at home to Chattanooga, at home to Ohio, and on the road against Purdue and NIU.

Better Know: Western Michigan

Better Know Logo 200Good morning, Cards fans! It’s a busy day around the Pylon so keep popping by for some goodies in advance of Homecoming against the Western Michigan Broncos and PJ Fleck’s oars. There’s reason for optimism around the Scheu. There’s a new QB1 in Jack Milas, the weather for Homecoming is looking picture perfect, and last I checked, Muncie Liquors still has plenty of beer and liquor for your various Homecoming-type activities. But today isn’t about standing in a parking lot and drinking your face off. Today it’s time to Better Know Western Michigan…

Team: Western Michigan Broncos
Record: 2-3 (0-1 MAC)
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: PJ Fleck
Series: WMU leads 21-19
Last Meeting: 2013, Ball State W, 38-17 @ WMU

Western Michigan Head Coach PJ Fleck…
… is the youngest head coach in FBS. At just 33 years of age, Fleck was a child of the 80s, probably tight-rolled his pants, and DEFINITELY had some badass Trapper Keepers.
… is an NIU alum and spent two seasons in the San Francisco 49ers organization.
… has compiled a 3-14 record at WMU as he continues through his second year. Though normally that would be cause for concern, to his credit he did inherit a steaming pile of hot garbage.
… is a beast on the recruiting trail, signing a class last offseason that was ranked 58th by Rivals, the highest non-AQ conference school rank and the highest MAC class ranking ever.

When it comes to WMU versus Ball State…
… the series wasn’t always so close. BSU has won seven of the last ten to make it 21-19 WMU.
… the Cardinals are 11-9 against the Broncos in games played in Muncie.
… this year won’t be the first time they have played on Homecoming. Most recent? A 2012 win for the Cardinals.
… the fact that it’s Homecoming is good news for BSU. The Cardinals are 53-32-2 all-time in Homecoming games.

The Western Michigan Broncos…
… opened MAC play last week with a 20-19 overtime home loss to Toledo.
… had that oddity of a score against the Rockets thanks to a missed extra point in overtime.
… scored wins this season over Idaho and Murray State, scoring both 45 points in the wins.
… had losses this season to Virginia Tech (away), Toledo (home), and Purdue (away)
… have five student athletes named to their respective positional award watch lists.

Really though, the story of Western Michigan begins and ends with this fan video:

The amount of things that causes me to vomit in my mouth in this fan video are so numerous I can’t even hit them all in this space. The 7 Nation Army? Awful. The boat oar schedule? Quaint. The boat oars in general? Still puzzling. But I have a new question… can someone explain why the Broncos get hype with a big foam steak?

WMU Raw Meat

This damn program, man.

Better Know: Toledo

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The adage of “Put up or shut up” certainly seems applicable to the Fighting Football Cardinals this weekend, as they go on the road to the Glass Bowl to face the Toledo Rockets with a pretty high likelihood that the rest of the season hangs in the balance. With a demoralizing loss to Indiana State following a heartbreaker at Iowa, this team is on the precipice of one of two roads. Either the losses are fuel for the team going forward in a band-them-together-to-come-out-stronger kind of deal or they become an excuse to let the season unravel and with it, the program building of the last three seasons is swiftly detonated. So yes, this game, and more importantly than the outcome, the performance within it, is kind of large.

Before we get into the whys and the hows of the game itself, it’s important to know the whos, namely the Toledo Rockets and their season to date, their young up and coming coach, and their replacement skill players that seem to be just as talented if not more so than the player they are replacing. If you thought when starting QB Phillip Ely went down with an injury against Missouri that Toledo became irrelevant, then you have another think coming. Replacement Logan Woodside torched Cincinnati and I am sure is licking his chops looking at the completions to the seam in the middle of the field that Indiana State found so successful over and over and over. Kickoff on Saturday is 7:00PM and it’s nut cutting time in the Glass Bowl for the Cardinals. The coaches are working on gameplanning, the players focused on practicing, but it’s time for you to better know Toledo!

Team: Toledo
Record: 1-2 (0-0 MAC)
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Matt Campbell
Series: Tied! 19-19-1
Last Meeting: BSU won 31-24 in 2013 in Muncie

Toledo Head Coach Matt Campbell…
… is in his 3rd full season as the head coach at Toledo
… owns a career head coaching record of 18-11 (11-5 MAC)
… has spent all but two years in his 12-year coaching career in the MAC (4 of them at BG, 6 of them at Toledo)
… describes himself as “relentless”. That’s cute.
… is the second-youngest head coach in the FBS at age 34.

When it comes to Toledo versus Ball State…
… the Cardinals are riding a two-game winning streak, each coming by exactly 7 points.
… in games played in Toledo, the Rockets have an 11-7-1 all-time series lead.
… Toledo head coach Matt Campbell is yet to notch a W against the Cardinals as a head coach.
… this year’s game will be streamed on ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app.

The Toledo Rockets…
… were picked in the preseason poll at media day to win the MAC West.
… lost starting junior QB Phillip Ely against Missouri on Sept. 6.
… replaced Ely with sophomore Logan Woodside who went 27-40 for 322 yards, 3TDs, and 0 INTs against Cincinnati.
… trailed at one point to Cincy 34-0, and mounted a furious comeback to make it 41-34. The final was 58-34.
… have a stout running game as well, as sophomore Kareem Hunt gained 101 yards on 12 carries against Cincy. He’s rushed for 100 yards or more every game this season and eight different times over his young career.
… also lost to SEC foe Missouri at home 49-24 in a game much closer than the score would indicate.
… defeated New Hampshire 54-20 to open their 2014 campaign.

Better Know: Indiana State

indiana state sycamores logoAdmittedly, I have taken the Indiana State Sycamores a bit for granted. There’s just been so many other things going on. Bill Scholl announced he was taking his talents to Milwaukee. We’ve been pounding the pavement on a couple of big forthcoming stories on The Star Press and the AD Search (unrelated). America’s Got Talent is down to the Final 6 (Team Mat Franco) and Big Brother is down to the Final 4 (#TeamBeastModeCowboy). Also, it’s Indiana State. Are they really worth getting our britches in a twist about?

However, I would be remiss and be doing you, dear friend of the Pylon, a disservice by not adequately preparing you for the Fighting Sycamores of ISU. Therefore, it’s time to Better Know: Indiana State!

Team: Indiana State Sycamores
Record: 1-1
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Mike Sanford
Series: 38-23-1, in favor of BSU
Last Meeting: 2003, a 31-7 BSU win

Indiana State coach Mike Sanford
… is 18-55 overall as a head coach and 2-12 in his second season at Indiana State.
… has a career road record of 3-33.
… will be coaching against BSU for the first time in his career on Saturday.

When it comes to Indiana State versus BSU
… the Cardinals have a 20-7-1 in games played in the metropolis of Muncie.
… 6 games were played in the Hoosier Dome. BSU won 4.
… there’s a traveling trophy known as The Victory Bell that the winner gets to keep.
… the Cards have won 6 straight against the Trees, last losing in 1987…. the Trees last beat the Cards in Muncie in 1982.

The Indiana State Sycamores
… opened their season with a 28-7 loss at Indiana.
… had a much more successful Week 2, defeating Tennessee Tech 49-14.
… watched as senior QB Mike Perish went for 383 yards passing and three TDs while running for another in that week 2 win, good enough for the 4th best passing game in ISU history.
… are 38-73-1 all-time against the current membership of the MAC.
… last beat a MAC team in 2001, triumphing over EMU.
… have compiled 242 yards on the ground in total for their first two contests. For comparison’s sake, Quake Edwards alone has racked up 196 for the Cardinals.

 

Better Know: Northern Illinois

Fight team fight for the Bronze Stalk…

Oh, baby. That nervous energy you feel around Muncie right now is the pending drama and national attention being given to this Saturday’s game. Sure, there may be the Land Grant Trophy for Penn State versus  Michigan State. There’s the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss. There’s the Bedlam Bell for the Oklahoma/Oklahoma State victor. But all those trophies are bush league. Nothing, and I mean nothing, compares with the awesomeness of trophy goodness that is at stake with Saturday’s game… THE BRONZE STALK. I’ve had the privilege of seeing this baby up close the last time BSU defeated NIU. Of course, that was 2008, but the important thing to remember is that no trophy case is complete without this work of modern art. Bronze Stalk, I know you’ve gotten comfortable in Dekalb, but I hope you’re packing your bronze bags. Because your bronze ass is about to be relocated to Muncie for the foreseeable future. Plan accordingly. For those of you who aren’t bronzed trophies and who have quite the affinity for the Cardinal and White, time to better know NIU!

Team: Northern Illinois Huskies
Record: 4-1 (1-0 MAC)
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Dave Doeren
Series: 20-17-2 in favor of BSU
Last Meeting: 2011, 41-38 NIU win in Dekalb, IL

Northern Illinois Coach Dave Doeren
… enters his second season at the NIU helm after posting an 11-3 record and MAC Championship victory along with a GoDaddy.com Bowl win.
… was the former defensive coordinator at Wisconsin as well as an assistant coach at Kansas, Montana, USC and Drake.

Northern Illinois-BSU Randomness…
… BSU enjoys a 9-7 series lead in Muncie
… BSU trails the series in recent memory, with a 2-3 record in their last five meetings and three straight losses to the Huskies.
… BSU-NIU has instituted a traveling trophy for this contest, known as the Bronze Stalk.

Northern Illinois News & Trends…
… NIU’s only loss was their season-opener against Iowa at Soldier Field in Chicago. Since then, they’ve defeated UT-Martin, Army, Kansas, and Central Michigan.
… NIU is projected this week by Phil Steele to be the MAC representative in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl.

Better Know: Eastern Michigan

Thursday night the 2012 Ball State Cardinal football season kicks off at 7pm with a white out in Scheumann Stadium. In many cases, hype and build up are just that. The importance of a game is often times magnified and boosted in an effort to build momentum and attention for a game or opponent that wouldn’t naturally cause the hearts and minds of fans to be set afire. I cannot stress enough that when we talk about the importance of this Thursday’s game that the amount of hyperbole and overselling is exactly zero. Thursday night is more than a simple home opener versus a nameless tomato can of an opponent to boost the ledger to 1-0. Thursday night’s game at its most basic principle is the first tangible evidence of how Pete Lembo and the coaching staff have been able to drill the intricacies of their system into these players. It’s also the MAC opener, and in a conference where the defining characteristic is parity, and your opponent is one that many preseason publications have you tied with for conference standings, a victory is of the utmost importance.

Unless you’re in the hunt for the national championship, it’s rare that the season opener becomes a trajectory setter for your season. Usually, it’s either a payday game to make your athletic budget or one of those aforementioned gimme games. This is different. A win means BSU is in a great spot in the MAC to surprise some people and prove the so-called “experts” calling for a cellar finish in the MAC West wrong. A loss, followed by a trip to Clemson, could set a relatively negative tone right off the bat. It could squelch fan optimism and buy in and make further progress against student apathy or poor attendance an uphill climb. Speaking of fans, it’s put up time for them as well. Home opener, predicted good weather, a white out, and a ton of marketing should result in a big crowd. A boisterous crowd. A crowd that hopefully sees a conference win and is in for the long haul. It’s time. It’s not the usual hype machine. It’s big. It’s here. It’s time. Time to better know Eastern Michigan…

Team: Eastern Michigan
Record: 0-0
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Ron English
Series: 30-21-2, Ball State leads
Last Meeting: Ball State won 33-31 in Ypsilanti

Eastern Michigan Coach Ron English
… enters his 4th season as the head coach at EMU, with a 8-28 overall record and a 6-18 MAC record.
… has improved every year at EMU. After posting an 0-12 premier season in 2009, he followed that with 2 wins in 2010 and 6 wins in 2011.
… is no stranger to close games. A total of 13 of EMU’s 36 games under English have been decided by seven points-or-less. The Eagles are 5-8 in those contests.

Eastern Michigan-BSU Randomness…
… the EMU-BSU contest will be one of just four games around the nation to feature  conference foes squaring off during the season’s opening week. Other league pairings include South Carolina/Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.)/Boston College and Georgia Tech/Virginia Tech
… EMU is an experienced team. Three current EMU players have started 25 or more games during their careers. The players, with total number of games started in parenthesis, are: Andrew Sorgatz (35), Marcell Rose (27) and Alex Gillett (27).
… Eastern Michigan is one of just 26 Football Bowl Subdivision schools to feature a player from Canada on its roster. Seniors Kalonji Kashama, Andy Mulumba, Corey Watman should be heavy contributors, while Oliver Kathalay will seek more playing time. The other FBS schools to have multiple Canadians on its roster include: Virginia (4), Buffalo (3), UConn (3), Iowa (3), Rice (3), Boston College (2), Boise State (2), Northern Illinois (2), UNLV (2) and Wyoming (2).

Rules Changes for 2012…
… The Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) approved moving the kickoff and touchback lines beginning with the 2012 season. This fall, teams will kick off at the 35-yard line instead of the 30. Also, players on the kicking team cannot line up for the play behind the 30-yard line, which is intended to limit the running start kicking teams used to have during the play.
… Also, touchbacks on free kicks will be moved to the 25-yard line instead of the 20 to encourage more touchbacks. Touchbacks on other plays (for example, punts that go into the end zone, or fumbles that go out of the end zone) will remain at the 20-yard line.
… Another new rule that goes into effect this season is if a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, such as a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play.

Better Know: Western Michigan

As this season progresses, every game embodies all the hyperbole that us pesky bloggers like to throw around about the magnitude of football contests. So to say the Cards’ contest at Western Michigan is big is not only to be expected, it’s also surprisingly true. At the dawn of the season, WMU was thought to be a contender for the MAC West and a darkhorse pick to win the league, especially after rattling off a 4-2 record and beating the Big East’s Connecticut.

That luster has since worn off a bit, as the Broncos have two consecutive weeks in MAC play to Northern Illinois and against Eastern Michigan. It’s easy to point to those losses as a sign of a downward trend in Kalamazoo, but that would be overlooking a couple of key factors. This team’s early season losses were against Michigan and Illinois, certainly no slouches, and before both those teams began their trend of disappointing results. Additionally, WMU has yet to lose at home in 2011, but the Cardinals are hoping that streaks are  made to be broken.

The long and the short of it is with five games remaining for the Cardinals and with a hope of being a contender for the MAC West, a loss on Saturday would mean the Cardinals would no longer be in control of their own destiny. For the Cardinals to stake a claim to Detroit and the MAC Championship, simply winning out after a loss may not be enough, and that isn’t the best position to be in. With a win on Saturday, the Cardinals would still be in control of their own destiny with contests against Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, and Toledo still to come. We’re staring straight at Toledo’s ass  in the standings and close the season with the Rockets. For that game to matter (assuming the Rockets beat NIU next Tuesday), the others have to be Ws, and that starts on Saturday at 2pm. Time to better know the Broncos…

Team: Western Michigan Broncos
Record: 4-4 (2-2 MAC)
Ranking: Unranked
Head Coach: Bill Cubit
Series: WMU leads 20-17
Last Meeting: Western Michigan defeated the Cards 45-16 in 2010

Western Michigan Coach Bill Cubit…
… is in his seventh season as the head coach at Western Michigan
… He owns a 44-37 career coaching mark, including a 31-20 record in MAC play.

WMU Stats & Randomness…
… Western Michigan is averaging 126.9 rushing yards and 270.9 passing yards per game, while allowing 215.8 rushing yards and 181.2 passing yards a contest
… Alex Carder has completed 196-of-288 passes with 2,053 yards and 16 touchdowns and six interceptions
… Jordan White has 86 catches for 992 yards with seven TDs

WMU News & Trends…
… Western Michigan fell to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in Mid-American Conference games after suffering a 14-10 loss at Eastern Michigan
… The Broncos are 3-0 in home games, including a 2-0 mark in MAC home games — Central Michigan (44-14) and Bowling Green (45-21).

Better Know: Oklahoma

On Saturday, the Cardinals will play their second true road game of the 2011 season as they battle the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman. Frankly, doing a “Better Know” for Oklahoma seems like a bit of redundancy since each and every talking head or college football show certainly makes sure you know just how good OU is. The number of people that believe this upset is possible can probably fit in one little corner of 82,000+ seat Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, but that’s the crazy thing about college football. If the outcome was determined by the number of people who believed in it, then Notre Dame would go undefeated every year and we all know that isn’t happening. Is it an uphill climb? Of course. Would it be a breaking news ticker on ESPN? Yup. Would it go down as the largest upset of this season and perhaps recent memory? Absolutely. And what does that mean? That there’s going to be a lot of eyes on the Cardinals should the “impossible” become reality on Saturday night. So gird up your fan loins, Card fans… time to better know the Oklahoma Sooners.

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Record: 3-0
Ranking: #2: Associated Press, #1: Coaches Poll
Head Coach: Bob  Stoops
Series: This will be the first ever meeting between the Cards and Sooners

Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops…
… Bob Stoops (Iowa ‘83) is in his 13th season as the head coach at Oklahoma
… He has posted a 132-31 record for the Sooners
… Stoops first fulltime assistant coaching position was at Kent State in 1988.

Oklahoma Stats & Randomness…
… Oklahoma is averaging 354.7 passing yards and 167.0 rushing yards per game, while allowing 260.3 passing yards and 132.2 rushing yards a contest
… Landry Jones has completed 88-of-122 passes for 1,022 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions
… Dom Whaley is rushing for 90.0 yards per game.

Oklahoma News & Trends…
… Oklahoma improved to 3-0 with a 38-28 home win over Missouri Saturday night
… The Sooners opened the season with a 47-14 home victory over Tulsa, and then managed a 23-13 win at the nation’s fifth-ranked Florida State Seminoles.