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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
3-point stance: Gundy got out of the way

By Ivan Maisel

1. No. 9 Oklahoma State is guaranteed a share of its first Big 12 South title and plays No. 13 Oklahoma on Saturday to reach the league championship game. It’s no coincidence, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy told the Daily Oklahoman, that the Cowboys improved when he stopped being his own offensive coordinator. He’s a better head coach now that he has the time to be one. It doesn’t hurt that the replacement Gundy hired to run the offense, Dana Holgorsen, is better than his boss.

2. Texas needs to upset No. 17 Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night to avoid its first last-place finish in the Big 12 South and keep alive Mack Brown’s streak of 12 seasons, 12 bowls. All of which should serve as a reminder to Oklahoma fans that when the Sooners have a down year, they still win eight games. If Oklahoma wins in Stillwater, Bob Stoops will coach in his eighth Big 12 Championship Game in 12 seasons. His record: 6-1.

3. No one outside of the Sun Belt Conference knows Western Kentucky junior Bobby Rainey. Time to meet him: he’s fourth in rushing average (135.4 yards per game), second with 1,492 yards, and first with 313 rushing attempts. Rainey has gained nearly half (48.4 percent) of the Hilltoppers’ offense. Before you do your non-AQ mocking, consider that Rainey rushed for 159 yards in the opener at Nebraska and had enough left in the tank to carry it 45 times for 248 yards last Saturday against Middle Tennessee.