OSU football: Mike Gundy's approval rating slightly down
OSU fan Dave Hudson has conducted his annual poll of Cowboy fans, gauging their optimism for the upcoming football season and checking their oil on Mike Gundy and other OSU personalities.
It’s always an interesting excursion, and you can read Dave’s results here.
He sends me his findings, and I usually share with my readers the highlights. Here goes:
* Mike Gundy’s approval rating is 89 percent, which is the lowest since 2010 but remains very high. It’s hard to get 89 percent of people to agree on storm-free days. Dave also asks fans to chime in on Gundy’s particular traits as a head coach; his rating was down a little in his ambassadorship for OSU, player development, his role as CEO, his in-game coaching and recruiting. It was up a little in hiring assistants.
* Athletic director Mike Holder’s approval rating was 81 percent, his highest since 2011. Basketball coach Mike Boynton’s approval rating was 90 percent, down from 95 percent last season but up from 30 percent going into Boynton’s first year.
* Dave asked OSU fans to rank a variety of coaches and administrators 1-5, with five being the best. Wrestling coach John Smith ranked first, at 4.7, followed by baseball coach Josh Holliday 4.4, golf coach Alan Bratton 4.4, president Burns Hargis 4.3, Boynton 4.3, Gundy 4.2, Holder 4.0, deputy AD Chad Weiberg 3.8, new offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson 3.4, women’s basketball coach Jim Littell 3.4 and defensive coordinator Jim Knowles 2.9.
* The fan consensus is that OSU will have 8.1 regular-season wins, the exact total predicted last season, when the Cowboys went 6-6 before a Liberty Bowl win over Missouri. The Vegas over/number for wins this year is 7.5.
* In terms of opponents, OSU fans give the Cowboys the following percentages of winning each game: McNeese State 97.2, Kansas 87.0, Tulsa 86.4, Oregon State 84.2, Kansas State 67.8, Baylor 64.7, West Virginia 63.7, TCU 61.6, Texas Tech 60.8, Texas 49.4, Iowa State 48.9 and OU 34.2 (the lowest for any home game in the last 10 years).
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* Fans were asked what they expect out of the offense and defense. Much better than last season, better than last season, the same, worse than last season or much worse than last season. “Better than” ruled both offense (65 percent) and defense (61 percent).
* Only 43 percent say they believe OSU will play in the national championship football game in the next 10 years; 69 percent has been the 10-year average. Of course, 43 percent is very optimistic. Sixty-nine percent is off the chart. In the last 10 years, none of Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Michigan or Penn State have played in a national title game.
* OSU coaches were asked to rank the Big 12’s coaches on a 5-1 scale. Interestingly, OU’s Lincoln Riley ranked No. 1, at 4.4., followed by Gundy 4.2, TCU’s Gary Patterson 4.1, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell 3.8, Baylor’s Matt Rhule 3.2, Kansas’ Les Miles 3.1, Texas’ Tom Herman 3.0, Kansas State’s Chris Kleiman 2.6, Texas Tech’s Matt Wells 2.6 and West Virginia’s Neal Brown 2.5.
* On the OSU quarterback derby, 71 percent predict Spencer Sanders will win the job and 29 percent predict Dru Brown. When asked if anyone will win the job, 30 percent said no.