Every once in a blue moon, Mike Gundy lets his hair down, free of butch wax, and reminiscences about the past that some reporter coaxes him into using for on-the-record material. The latest example is ESPN’s Chris Low, who was rewarded by boldly going there about the sliding doors moment of the 2011 college football season: what would have happened if Quinn Sharp’s kick was good? Or, for that matter, what if OSU had a couple more percentage points in the BCS system and played for the natty?“We would have played LSU and won,” Gundy told ESPN.AdChoices广告“They were an overload-the-box, man-to-man team on defense, and you could not play our team in man that year,” he added. “We were too good. That still bothers me, that we didn’t get a shot. And if the system was set up like it is now, we would have been in the playoff. I guess those things don’t drive me as much. I love for our kids to have success, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t dwell on it like I used to.”2011 was the closest Gundy’s come to a national title, and it may be the closest he’ll ever get. Weeden2Blackmon was lightning in a bottle, that defense had dudes everywhere. Talent wise, it may never be that good.“Talent-wise, are we going to have Top 25 teams every year from a pure talent perspective?” Gundy said. “Probably not, but we can still win a lot of games and we have won a lot of games.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.