Thursday, September 08, 2005

Florida Atlantic on ESPN? and Oklahoma State is not that good.....


I understand ESPN does not want to put a marquee match up against the NFL, on opening night. Last year in NFL opening night ESPN had Troy hosting Missouri, with the Trojans pulling the huge upset 24-14. At least Missouri's Brad Smith was a Heisman candidate and the Tigers were ranked in the top 25. Troy's Movie Gallery Stadium was sold out, and the game was exciting to watch.

This year ESPN put together a contest of Oklahoma State and first year I-A team Florida Atlantic at Dolphins Stadium in Miami. FAU's head coach is the legendary Howard Schnellenberger. Schnellenberger's name and his history of building programs is the main reason FAU has this game on national TV. Unlike Missouri last year, Oklahoma State is not a top 25 team and the Cowboys barely beat I-AA Montana State last week.

As a Fresno State alum, I wonder why Oklahoma State backed out of its return game with the Bulldogs two years in a row, yet schedule a road contest against the Florida Atlantic Owls. I know a lot had to do with Fresno State's former inept athletic director, but as I watch this game being played in an empty NFL stadium, it just does not make any sense.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Luke Frazier and his family. The Oklahoma State receiver was hurt on the 'Pokes first offensive play from scrimmage and was carried out on stretcher. He looks to be ok, his arms and legs were moving.

What is up with Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy calling for an onside kick, after the made field goal. He must know his team sucks. FAU looks like the better team, right now. The 'Pokes will probably pull this one out because FAU is making way too many mistakes, but the Owl's defense looks tough.

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