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Big 12 Weekly Football Preview: Is Mason Rudolph Worth the Hype?

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Mason Rudolph continues to pile up the big games, as his Oklahoma State squad remains in the race for a Big 12 title and possible national playoff appearance.

And as the results keep coming, it seems to lead to more and more schools of thought about just how good the Cowboys’ quarterback is?

A recent CBS Sports mock draft had Rudolph in the top five, only behind one other quarterback, UCLA’s Josh Rosen.

Still, other experts think Rudolph fits into that category of being a nice college quarterback but a poor pro prospect. They point out concerns with his mechanics, his arm strength, his footwork and at times his decision-making.

Then there is the audience that says his results are due to having the likes of James Washington and a stable of talented pass-catchers in a system that allows for huge stats. It reminds locals around Oklahoma a bit of OU Heisman winner Jason White, who had multiple NFL players on his offense but never made it as a pro.

A mock from Bleacher Report seemed to take that line, as it didn’t even have Rudolph in the first round at all, while multiple other quarterbacks and the aforementioned Washington were.

All would admit that Rudolph’s numbers are serious – 19 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 2,368 yards and a ridiculous quarterback rating of 191.0.

The future will show what happens with Rudolph at the next level. The present shows some big games he needs to win to keep his Cowboys in good shape, starting on the road this week.

Here’s a trip around the Big 12 this week.

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