Robert Allen's High Five!

Robert Allen's High Five! is his opportunity to sound off on a variety of topics. Although most of the topics will be Oklahoma State football related, some will hit some other topics and sports. Without further ado, here's Robert Allen's High Five!

1. Now Maybe You Will Believe Me
About This Football Team, and Count the Awards
I know there were plenty of Oklahoma State fans that love their Cowboys but just hadn't developed the trust in them. Those OSU fans have been through so much and they are always waiting for something bad to happen in the midst of a strong season full of success.

In most years, virtually every year up until now, that black cloud has appeared. It is time to get over it. This team, as I have reported all season, is unlike any Oklahoma State team I have ever been around. They come out virtually every day ready to practice, eager to get after it.

As Mike Gundy likes to say, "They love football and they love being around each other." He is dead on. The other attribute they possess that I love is that they have no reliance on history. They don't look at it, don't care about it, and certainly don't buy into it and any reason that history can't change.

They have changed history three times this season, at Texas Tech, at Kansas State, and last Saturday at Texas. I believe the combination of a 27-year-old quarterback, a football crazy Red Bull-drinking spread genius of an offensive coordinator, and talented running backs, a superior wide receiver, talented and compatible receivers, and a vastly underrated offensive line has the offense going.

Linebacker Orie Lemon, two senior defensive tackles, two talented safeties, the coaching of Bill Young, and the defensive staff has that side humming. Mike Gundy mixes it all together with his football attitude and ultra-confident demeanor.

This team thought it should have beaten Nebraska and badly wants another chance against the Cornhuskers. In most games, including the Texas game last week, the Cowboys feel like they are not playing their best despite dominating opposition. They are hardcore competitors, thrive on it.

As a result of all this team's success, there will be a number of Cowboys heading to Orlando with their head coach in two weeks. Check out this list of OSU players expected to travel to Orlando for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show:
Justin Blackmon - Fred Biletnikoff Award (already a semifinalist), Maxwell Award (on the watch list)
Kendall Hunter - Doak Walker Award (already a semifinalist), Maxwell Award (on the watch list)
Dan Bailey - Lou Groza Award (already a semifinalist)
Quinn Sharp - Ray Guy Award (already a semifinalist)
Mike Gundy - Bobby Dowd Award (on the watch list)

2. How About This for Trivia?
I was asked this question the other day. With Oklahoma State having broken through and won this season in three Big 12 stadiums it had not won in during the existence of the conference (Texas Tech, Kansas State, and Texas), the Cowboys have now won a game in every Big 12 venue. So how many Big 12 teams have accomplished that feat?

The answer is four. Remember, Texas and Oklahoma always play in Dallas so neither the Longhorns nor the Sooners have ever won a game in each other's home stadium. Oklahoma State completed the feat this season. The other three are:
Texas A&M, which won a game in Norman during the John Blake era.
Colorado is also on the list, and beat Oklahoma in Norman in 1998 when Blake was coaching as well.
Kansas State is the fourth as the Wildcats beat Oklahoma even earlier in 1997.

Oklahoma State is the only school that has won in every Big 12 stadium since the turn of the century.

3. Oregon vs. ?????
Ohhh, TCU let me down. I still think the Horned Frogs have the best defense in college football, but the close call on their homefield against San Diego State knocks them off the pedestal for the national championship game.

Oregon had its close call too with California, but it was on the road and Cal is a strong program. I think Auburn will lose to Alabama. I agree that Boise State is really good, but I'm not sold on them playing in the national championship game.

I'll wait on the dust to clear in the Big 10, Big 12, and SEC and see what happens. I really wish somebody was clear cut, but my honest belief is that this year we have a melting pot at the top of the polls and the BCS standings. Like I said at the beginning of the High Five, let Oregon play the combined squad of TCU and Boise and I would be somewhat satisfied.

4. Dealing with Disaster
Larry Fedora is a good man and that is a good thing because the good man is going through the process of dealing with disaster as a head coach. Fedora got a call early Sunday morning, waking him up and sending him scurrying because three of his players, injured linebacker Martez Smith, backup linebacker Tim Green and starting defensive end Deddrick Jones, had each been shot at a Hattiesburg nightclub, Remington's Hunt Club.

Fedora is fortunate as all are in the hospital and will survive. Although, I'm sure it was difficult having to take notes from Green, who as a result of his injuries can't speak for now. Reportedly, a fight started inside the club and spilled outside in the parking lot where the players were shot.

It is that kind of occurrence, along with car accidents, and any other brush with law enforcement that cause head coaches to sleep lightly. Many use sleeping aids and Mike Gundy once admitted to doing that. Gundy said the fear of a phone call in the middle of the night is a constant haunting for head coaches. Gundy preaches to his players to stay off the street, to rent a movie and settle in with their girlfriend. It is a constant threat and as Fedora is learning, it can rip up your season in one night.

5A. Sims or No Sims
Oklahoma State Cowboy fans are in a panic. Abilene High School's five-star running back Herschel Sims has told a TCU fansite that he is not locked in on Oklahoma State and that his pledge to the Cowboys is soft right now. He said he was also condiering TCU.

We have not been able to reach Sims to confirm that but have no reason to believe he didn't say it. Herschel is an 18-year-old who committed early and they often back off that early commitment. Most of the Cowboys star early commitments like quarterback J.W Walsh, offensive guard Travis Cross, cornerback Miketavius Jones, and running back/wide receiver Desmond Roland III are solid on their promises.

Sims has had an injury riddled senior season after having a spectacular junior campaign in leading the Eagles to a Class 5A state championship. Sims missed the Eagles first-round playoff game last week but is expected back this week.

Ok, so what happens if Sims fully backs off and ends up at TCU? That could happen, although it is more likely, based on past history, that he stays with his original commitment. Many fans believe the Cowboys should use another scholarship and offer Sims' cousin and speedy mighty myte quarterback/athlete Ronnell Sims.

Ronnell Sims has offers from Baylor, Rice, SMU, Louisiana Tech, and Tulsa. Sims has never said it is imperative that he and Ronnell go to school together. Neither OSU mor TCU have offered Ronnell. He is roughly 5-6 in height and that is small.

The Ciowboys have never quit recruiting prospects like committed running backs DeAndre Washington and Tevin Williams. Aaron Green could also end up being courted strong. Also, remember that Desmond Roland III is also a running back and he is playing it quite successfully right now in the playoffs for Lake Highlands.

Just relax and enjoy the season as the recruiting has plenty of time to play out.

5B. BONUS - More Soccer
Thanks to Duke upsetting the No. 2 seed Florida, the Cowgirls soccer team gets to host play in the round of 16 on Friday night. Powerhouse Duke will be in Stillwater for the Friday night 7 p.m. match.

The Cowgirls at 19-3-2, and have won four consecutive games after falling behind. That is a strong statement. They have won six in a row, including two over rival Oklahoma. Colin Carmichael's team played a furious last 20 minutes on Sunday against Oregon State to win 2-1.

It was great entertianment and intense. If you are free Friday night, check it out. The price is right, only $8.


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