10 Things That Only Make Sense At Oklahoma State's Homecoming

10 Things That Only Make Sense At Oklahoma State's Homecoming

It's America's greatest Homecoming.
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Well, we've come to the week that everybody loves: Homecoming. Football, parades, events all around campus. Different universities have different traditions, and some things only make sense if you go to a certain school. For Oklahoma State, Homecoming is an incredible week that brings together the whole campus, the city, and people from all around the state. Some things only make sense if you've ever been to Homecoming at Oklahoma State.

1. The Fountain

The first day of homecoming begins when the fountain in front of the library is dyed orange. People gather around and watch as homecoming royalty pour the dye into the fountain to kick off the week of festivities.

2. Football Frenzy

Teams from Greek life come together and compete against one another in football games, to eventually play for the championship at Boone Pickens Stadium.

3. The Walk

For weeks, members of the sororities and fraternities spend many hours and many late nights preparing some of the most elaborate house decorations in the country. All of their hard work is showcased the night before the game, which brings in thousands of people from across the state. When someone thinks of Oklahoma State's Homecoming, they definitely think about the Walkaround.

4. Homecoming and Hoops

After the Walkaround, OSU holds a spirit rally in Gallagher-Iba Arena to prepare students for the upcoming basketball season.

5. Sign Competition

Different organizations, Greek houses, and residential halls come up with designs unique to the Homecoming theme each year to display proudly on Library Lawn all week.

6. Harvest Carnival

While most events that go on during Homecoming week are for students, the Harvest Carnival is just for the kids. It's put on each year by students, with different games for the little ones to enjoy and win prizes.

7. Hester Street Painting

Before every home game, the football team and coaches take a walk along Hester Street into BPS. For Homecoming, students, families, and alumni come together to write encouraging messages for the team to see as they walk into the stadium before the game.

8. Sea of Orange

The Sea of Orange Parade is one of Stillwater's favorite celebrations. Just like with the Walk, thousands of people gather to see different student organizations come together to show off their hard work. The morning of the football game is spent with people lining the streets of Stillwater in anticipation for the game later in the day.

9. Stillwater Strong

One year ago, Stillwater was shaken by a terrible tragedy that was heard around the country. Though it is not part of our Homecoming celebration, it will never be forgotten as we begin to celebrate our school.

10. America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration

Oklahoma State boasts the title of having the best Homecoming celebration in the nation. From the Walk to the parade, nothing brings the University together like Homecoming. So much effort is put into making Homecoming better than the last year, and the students who spend hours perfecting everything deserve all of the credit.

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San Francisco 49ers 2018 Schedule Analysis

2018 could be a return to glory for the red and gold.
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For the San Francisco 49ers, the release of the 2018 NFL Schedule couldn’t have come soon enough. After a disastrous 1-10 start in 2017, the 49ers ended their season on a five-game winning streak thanks to the emergence of new franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo. His play earned him a five year, $137.5 million contract extension, the richest in NFL history. With all the excitement surrounding him and one of the NFL’s marquee franchises, let’s take a look and analyze the 49ers schedule for 2018.

Week 1: at Minnesota Vikings (10 a.m. PST, Sunday, September 9th)

Week 2: Detroit Lions (1:25 p.m. PST, Sunday, September 16th)

Week 3: at Kansas City Chiefs (10 a.m. PST, Sunday, September 23rd)

Week 4: at Los Angeles Chargers (1:25 p.m. PST, Sunday, September 30th)

Week 5: Arizona Cardinals (1:25 p.m. PST, Sunday, October 7th)

Week 6: at Green Bay Packers (Monday Night Football, 5:20 p.m. PST Monday, October 15th)

Week 7: Los Angeles Rams 5:20 p.m. PST (Sunday Night Football, Sunday, October 21st)

Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals (1:25 p.m PST, Sunday, October 28th)

Week 9: Vs Oakland Raiders (Thursday Night Football, 5:20 p.m. PST, Thursday, November 1st)

Week 10: New York Giants (Monday Night Football, 5:20 p.m. PST, Monday, November 12th)

Week 11: Bye

Week 12: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10 a.m. PST, Sunday, November 25th)

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks (Sunday Night Football, 5:20 p.m. PST, Sunday, December 2nd)

Week 14: Denver Broncos (1:25 p.m. PST, Sunday, December 9th)

Week 15: Seattle Seahawks (1:25 p.m. PST, Sunday, December 16th)

Week 16: Chicago Bears (1:05 p.m. PST, Sunday, December 23rd)

Week 17: at Los Angeles Rams (1:25 p.m. PST, Sunday, December 30th)

For a team that went from middling aspirations in 2018 prior to trading for Jimmy Garoppolo to now being mentioned as a possible contender, the 49ers start to the season couldn’t be any harder.

Three of their first four games are on the road, and all four games come against teams that posted records of 9-7 or better in 2017, including the NFC runner-up Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Within the first quarter of the season, we’ll know whether the playoff aspirations for the 49ers are legitimate or not.


The 49ers then have a stretch where four of their next five games will be played in front of a national television audience. These games include a Lambeau Field showdown against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, a home divisional battle the next week against the upstart Rams, a battle of the Bay Area less than two weeks later against their cross-town rival Raiders, and a classic NFC slugfest against a historical rival in the Giants.

The 49ers five-game winning streak at the end of 2017 caught the eyes of many, and they’ll be playing under the lights in prime-time five times in 2018.

Of course, one would be remiss if they failed to mention the 49ers late-season match-ups against the Seattle Seahawks. While the Seahawks have won the last 9 games is in the series, including the 2013 NFC Championship game where then Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had his miraculous deflection in the back of the end zone to linebacker Malcolm Smith for a game-sealing interception send them to Super Bowl XLVIII. In 2018, Sherman will find himself on the opposite side of the rivalry and look for him to perform at an All-Pro level against his former team in Weeks 13 and 15.

The end of the 49ers season resembles that of a homebody, as three of their last four games will be played at Levi’s Stadium. This includes a Super Bowl XXIV re-match against the Broncos, the aforementioned NFC West battle against the Seahawks, and a gimmie game against the lowly Bears. This could result in a nice end of the season run to the postseason should they take advantage of the home for the holiday's crowd.

The 49ers are in a prime position in 2018 to not only move out of the basement of their division but also be a surprise contender in the NFC. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan seems to have found his quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, as he elevated a putrid offense into the best offense statistically in the NFL during the last five weeks of 2017.

While trouble looms over linebacker Reuben Foster over his domestic violence case (and should’ve been cut already), the defense still boasts young talent in Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner along the defensive line, and the previously mentioned addition of Richard Sherman improves the secondary.

Their draft class led by 1st round pick Left Tackle Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame should be able to contribute immediately and lead to prolonged success. Even with a tough start and a series of under the microscope prime-time games, the 49ers should be players for the postseason should everything fall into place.

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