Daily Bullets (Jan. 16): Loss to Horns a Missed Opportunity, Chuba Shows a Different Momentum

The sun came up, OSU scored more than 60 points last night, and the ag school just had $50m donated. That’s not so bad.


Bullets Rundown

• Horns were a perfect chance to win
• Chuba tells of a greater momentum
• No. 2 returning back in 2020 from OSU

Scores

• MBB: Texas 76, Cowboys 64
• WBB: Cowgirls 70, K-State 63


OSU Bullets

• Last night would have been the perfect game for Cowboy Basketball to win, right?

For OSU, this felt like a really important Wednesday night. Every turnaround begins with a single performance, and against an average Texas team, the Cowboys would have the chance to finally start making shots and to break the ice on a first conference win.

With what would have been their first Big 12 victory, the Cowboys would have taken some momentum into Saturday’s ESPN-televised showdown with second-ranked Baylor.

Instead, the Cowboys are 0-4 in the Big 12 — their worst league start since the Brad Underwood season of 2016-17 — and with seven losses in their past nine games. [TulsaWorld]

It caps an unbearable start to league play and seals an 0-5 start with the league-leader coming to town Saturday. We’re truly miserable, Stillwater (in a Ron Burgundy-voice).

• In more positive news, the Chuba Hubbard announcement tells us about a different sort of momentum.

Hubbard’s decision to return is a testament to what is happening in Stillwater, and I’m not just talking about the talent on the field. Sure, the return of standout wide receiver Tylan Wallace and the promise of up-and-coming quarterback Spencer Sanders was likely an incentive for Hubbard. Ditto for the return of all but two rotational players on a defense that started growing teeth and claws this past season.

These Cowboys have great promise, championship potential even. [NewsOK]

I don’t suspect paychecks for Wallace and Hubbard will grow (much at all) after another season in Stillwater, but the opportunity to play together for a league title was apparently too much to pass up – no other logic holds.

• PFF has Chuba Hubbard as the No. 2 back in the country returning in 2020.

2. CHUBA HUBBARD, OKLAHOMA STATE
Hubbard could have very easily declared for the 2020 NFL Draft after his 2019 campaign where he racked up 1,300 yards after contact, which would rank 15th among all running backs in rushing yards in general.

When given the ball in the backfield, Hubbard has great field vision and patience to allow an open hole to be made by his offensive line. Sometimes a hole would open up, sometimes it wouldn’t, but if one did Hubbard would take full advantage of it with his burst and agility for a massive gain. [ProFootballFocus]

That’s crazy – his yards-after-contact would have been top-15 for rushing yards period! He’s an opportunistic runner that’s nearly impossible for college players to stop.

• Can they broadcast some weightlifting competitions or something? Asking for a friend, of course.

Bobby Petrino landed the Missouri State job – you just love it when great people get multiple chances

• I’ll co-sign with Boone on this one and take it a step further – Thomas Harper will be the next A.J. Green/Kevin Peterson lockdown guy.


Non-OSU Bullets

Sleep better, lead better (from HBR)
Religion of “workism”
• This faith-based read on why Christians should study philosophy is chipping away at me

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