Kevin Johnson definitely wants to remind Oklahoma State’s Cowboys about him today.
Joe Okafor does too.
But when 42-point underdog Lamar enters Stillwater’s Boone Pickens Stadium for a 6:30 kickoff tonight, the reality is an enormous mismatch between the Cardinals and their impressive hosts.
Ranked 12th in the USA Today poll and 11th in the Associated Press ratings, Big 12 pre-season favorite Oklahoma State is expected to win big tonight in front of its largest home football crowd in history.
A renovated facility is expected to welcome 60,218 tonight plus a Fox Sports Southwest audience.
Lamar definitely steps way out of its league in this one even though the Redbirds can their feathers on the back for keeping a most competitive outing close into the fourth quarter of a 27-14 loss last week at Louisiana Tech.
LU is smart enough not to mistaken OSU (2-0) for Tech. Ninth-year head coach Mike Gundy undoubtedly has the Cowpokes raised into the level of elite college teams.
The LU men have two starters who joined the Cardinals after originally signing with Oklahoma State — Johnson and Okafor.
Johnson became the Southland Conference newcomer of the year in 2012. Okafor has cracked the starting lineup at nose tackle this fall after playing extensively last season.
“I’ve been looking forward to this game since I transferred,” Johnson said. “I feel I have a lot to prove going back there.”
It would represent a gigantic plus if coach Ray Woodard’s squad could return home Sunday in the same physical condition and with the same self-esteem as it did from Louisiana Tech.
“We felt that we could build some from playing at Ruston,” Woodard said.
Lamar freshman running back Cade Harrington was even more emphatic.
“We went to Louisiana Tech and came there to win and we definitely got better,” Harrington said.
While both sides will put on their shoulder pads and helmets the same way, they also took the identical approach in refusing comment about this week’s Sports Illustrated magazine feature article.
SI published the first of a five-part series this week. Reporters interviewed more than 60 former players and found evidence of potential NCAA violations including boosters and assistant coaches paying players thousands of dollars for their play; sham jobs arranged by boosters; academic misconduct; and football program hostesses who had sex with recruits.
“I don’t think that will have a bearing on the players that are playing the game now,” Woodward said in his weekly press conference.
“They’ve played two road games. This is their first home game, so they’re going to be jazzed. I’m more concerned about that crowd noise and atmosphere than anything else.”
Thirteen of Oklahoma State’s first 22 (11 offensive and 11 defensive starters) hail from Texas, including two prominent weapons — QB J.W. Walsh of Denton and Port Arthur Memorial redshirt freshman receiver Jhajuan Seales.
Walsh completed 24 of 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns in a near-perfect Alamodome outing last week with UTSA.
Seales snagged a team-high seven receptions and led a crop of talented new receivers to fill Oklahoma State’s pass-happy attack.
Kevin Johnson definitely wants to remind Oklahoma State’s Cowboys about him today.
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Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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