College Football Week 2: #18 Oklahoma State At Arizona

#18 Oklahoma State
Quinn Sharp (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
(credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Quinn Sharp (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
(credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Winner Mike Gundy is the man. He’s 45. (Is that joke old yet?) And yet he’s lost just three games over the last two seasons. Gundy is an offensive wizard, though he gives the keys to a true freshman quarterback this season, quite the change from 28-year-old Brandon Weeden a season ago.
Rich Rodriguez was revered in West Virginia—where his teams won two BCS bowls—until he bolted for Michigan. You probably know about how his three years in Ann Arbor went (if not: very poorly), but Arizona seems like a good fit for the spread offense guru.
Winner Wes Lunt, 10 years younger than the quarterback he replaced, was a perfect 11-for-11 in his college debut. But it was against one of the worst teams FBS programs, Savannah State. The Cowboys won 84-0 but we won’t know how good Lunt and company really are until Saturday rolls around. The guess here is that they are still going to be in the top offensively, though not quite as good as the past few years.
Unlike in his previous coaching stops, Rodriguez inherited a true dual-threat quarterback capable of running his preferred offense in senior Mike Scott. The Wildcats tallied 624 yards of offense but committed three turnovers and missed two short field goals.
As previously noted, the Cowboys pitched a shutout in Week 1, but ignore that. This was not a great defense last year; it employed a “bend don’t break” philosophy, hence the disparity in yards allowed versus points allowed. Expecting this unit to cause 40+ turnovers, as it did last season, may be unrealistic.
Winner Rodriguez remembered to bring trusty defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel to Tucson (he forgot about him in Ann Arbor). That means Arizona will play a 3-3-5; how quickly the Wildcats adjust will determine how much the unit improves this season.
Special Teams
Quinn Sharp is one of the best special teams players in the country. He’s an exceptional placekicker and punter.
Arizona’s two missed field goals were alarming. With an offense expected to gain a lot of yards, the Wildcats can’t come away from long drives without anything to show for it.

The Winner Is

Quinn Sharp (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Winner #18 Oklahoma State
2 out of 4

It is reasonable to expect Arizona will have success under Rodriguez, but an upset on Saturday doesn’t seem likely. Lunt may have some freshman moments in his first game against a capable opponent, but he has enough weapons at his disposal to make up for any mistakes.


  1. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans drops back to pass during the first quarter of the game on October 9, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Week 7 Tale Of The Tape: Houston Texans At Denver Broncos

    The Broncos square off against their former QB as they welcome in Brock Osweiler and the Texans.

  2. SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to make a pass against the New York Jets in the first half of the NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
    Week 7 Tale Of The Tape: Seattle Seahawks At Arizona Cardinals

    The Seahawks face their NFC West foe on the road as the Cardinals look to get above .500 for the first time this season.

  3. FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots prepares to receive a snap during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback  Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a pass during warm ups before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
    Week 7 Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Patriots are riding high and now face a Steelers team who will be without their starting QB.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Follow Us On Twitter

Listen Live