Mailbag: Who maks biggest 2014 leap?
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John in Industry, Pa., writes: Jake, with West Virginia joining the conference, who has started to become their new rival? It looks like Texas because of WVU wearing the gold-rush jerseys when they play at home. But I'm wondering if there is a rival brewing between WVU and Oklahoma dating all the way back to when WVU crushed Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl back in 08'. Just wondering who's replacing Pitt in this conference?
Trotter: John, the sad part is, I don’t think anyone will be replacing Pitt as West Virginia’s primary rival. OU and Texas already have their big rivalry games, and West Virginia isn’t going to supplant that overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day; rivalries aren’t either.
Trotter: First of all, Stidham never dropped to third. He only dropped one spot to second. And knowing what I know about ESPN’s recruiting evaluators, I can guarantee the ranking flip had nothing to do with where Stidham is going to college. You have to remember, we’re very early in the evaluation process for the Class of 2015. These recruits haven’t even gone through the summers before their senior seasons yet. As the scouts get closer looks at these players, there will be many changes to the ESPN 300 between now and signing day. But whether he’s No. 1 or No. 2, Stidham is an outstanding prospect, who had an outstanding offer sheet. As a Tech fan, you should be pumped you got him.
Trotter: Thanks, Taylor. Yes, the Ultimate Road Trip series is on the schedule, set to begin running later this month.
Trotter: The Sooners have Keith Ford and Alex Ross, so it’s difficult to predict how many carries Joe Mixon will get. After Sterling Shepard, OU has very little experience at receiver. So the path to playing time is easier for Michiah Quick.
@Jake_Trotter do you think Quick or Mixon will have a bigger role as freshman next year in the Sooners' offense?— John Dietrich (@johndietr) May 8, 2014
Trotter: Well, it’s helped him in two places. One, it gives him more arm strength. Anyone who watched Webb live in the fall, then again this spring, knows how much more zip he had on the ball after gaining the weight. Two, it helps his durability. The more padding he has, the less prone he’ll be to injury. For those who haven’t checked Texas Tech’s roster lately, that’s no small thing. And as long as the weight is good weight, I don’t see where it would hurt him.
@Jake_Trotter How does Davis Webb gaining weight help him or hurt him?— #MrAGeezie (@MrAGeezie) May 8, 2014
Trotter: The 2011 Cowboys would’ve had the best chance of the three. Save for the fluky overtime loss at Iowa State, Oklahoma State’s offense dominated everyone that year. I think the Cowboys would’ve put points up on LSU, too. Kansas State would’ve matched up decently with Notre Dame, which wasn’t the same team in its bowl game with Manti Te'o going through what he went through. I still would’ve favored the Irish, though. Baylor couldn’t beat Central Florida in its bowl game, so I doubt the Bears would’ve been able to hang with Florida State.
@Jake_Trotter Hypothetically, if the Big 12 doesn't cannibalize itself last the 3 years: OKST-LSU, KSU-ND, BAY-FSU. How many Big 12 wins?— Jeff Hubka (@JThubka) May 8, 2014
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Final North Dakota State 34 Iowa State 14 Final West Virginia 23 2 Alabama 33 Final Louisiana Tech 16 4 Oklahoma 48 Final Samford 14 TCU 48 Final Central Arkansas 35 Texas Tech 42 Final Stephen F. Austin 16 20 Kansas State 55 Final North Texas 7 Texas 38 Final 1 Florida State 37 Oklahoma State 31