I’m on record as having picked Oklahoma State over Georgia. I did it in May — beat the rush, I always say — and again in August. And I’m not changing now. I’d rather be wrong once than waffle and be wrong twice. (Got that?) That said …
Were I picking today, I don’t know that I’d take the Cowboys. I think OSU is a team on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In the past few days, Oklahoma State has seen:
• Sugar daddy T. Boone Pickens pick his ‘Boys by 363 points;
• Nutjob coach Mike Gundy put players off-limits to the media for 12 days;
• Starting tight end Jamal Mosley quit the squad after a woman filed a “protective order” — since dropped by a judge — against him;
• Gundy fret about a pregame riot touched off by, of all things, a handshake, though in my view there’s a better chance of a brawl breaking out at Gundy’s postgame press conference;
• Rumors of apparent grievous injury, promptly debunked, rise around quarterback Zac Robinson.
All that’s needed is for Eddie Sutton or somebody to say Georgia isn’t “man enough” for OSU and we’d have us a perfect dust storm.
Say what you want about Mark Richt, but there’s an equanimity about Georgia, especially when the Bulldogs venture on the road. (Jacksonville, Fla., is another matter, but let’s hold that thought.) I know Georgia can handle a big road game. I’m not sure OSU will even find Boone Pickens Stadium come Saturday.
As I say, I made my pick and I’ll have to live with it. But if I’d known in May what I know now, I might not have picked the team with the coach from Arkham Asylum.