Gundy Still Hasn’t Adjusted to Big 12 Realignment, Thinks He’s Playing TCU This Weekend

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Arizona State will be a member of the Big 12 Realignment in 2024, so Saturday’s game between Oklahoma State and Arizona State will be a taste of conference play. It will take some people longer than others to get used to moving the meeting room around.

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Arizona State will be a member of the Big 12 Realignment in 2024
Gundy Still Hasn't Adjusted to Big 12 Realignment, Thinks He's Playing TCU This Weekend 6

That includes OSU coach Mike Gundy, who messed up while looking at ASU’s defense, just like Bluto did in “Animal House.”

Big 12 Realignment: The Delta Tau Chi fraternity members were kicked out of Fraber College in 1978 because they got ridiculously low marks on their midterms. To motivate them, Bluto asks, “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”

It turns out that the Sun Devils’ defense is a lot like TCU’s, and Gundy wanted his team to be ready for it.

Gundy told reporters at his Monday press conference, “I was yelling at the offense and telling them, ‘I’m just telling you, when we play TCU it’s going to be the same way if they do this.’ They said, ‘Coach, we don’t play TCU.'” “I was having a good time.”

Big 12 Realignment: These football season, the Cowboys only play two other teams that play all four new Big 12 schools (BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF). The other team plays Texas, Texas Tech, and TCU.

They could also play any mix of Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Utah next season.

“To be honest, I haven’t quite gotten used to it,” Gundy said. “It just wasn’t clicking for me, but I will say that a couple of teams coming into our league have some pretty impressive wins.”

Arizona State was not one of those groups. Even though FCS Southern Utah scored 14 points in the second half, the Sun Devils held on to win 24-21.

Big 12 Realignment: Kenny Dillingham went head coaching for the first time, and freshman quarterback Jaden Rashada threw for 236 yards and two scores in his first game as a college quarterback.

While watching the game, Gundy said he saw that Rashada has a gun for an arm.

“He threw the ball in the last game and hit the kid on the post route for about 65 yards,” he explained. “So he’ll be a young, strong, active player who can move around.”

Oklahoma State’s last Power Five true rookie quarterback matchup was against Caleb Williams, and it may have been their last Bedlam win. Williams had already thrown three times as many passes as Rashada had before that game.

Big 12 Realignment: Gundy said Rashada’s high school highlights as the No. 6 quarterback in the country will help him understand what he can do since he doesn’t have any tape.

“For his position, he has video and a history of plays that are powerful,” he said. “Like, unfortunately, we saw Kyler Murray do it in middle school, high school, college, and now he’s doing it in the NFL.”

The OSU coach said that there will be no changes to the three-quarterback game plan in the first game of the season, even though he has a quarterback.

“From August 1st, my goal was to give guys different reps during practice, watch them, and let how they did in practice tell us what to do on game day,” Gundy said. “I want them to play on the field, and what we do next will depend on how they play.”

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