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Oklahoma State football: Cheer up Cowboys, you'll have more fun in Phoenix

OSU TO FIESTA BOWL — Oklahoma State couldn't overcome the SEC cartel, but the Cowboys and their fans will enjoy Greater Phoenix much more than they would the Big Easy.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 4, 2011

photo - Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden (3)watches the BCS selection show, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden (3)watches the BCS selection show, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The computers and the voters and the battalion of ESPNheads have given us a Big Bowl matchup.

LSU and Alabama playing for the national championship? The national championship of the Confederacy, maybe. The best teams Dixie can offer.

National championship? More like a regional championship. Telecast it on SportSouth.

LSU-Bama is very distasteful to college football, but not for the reasons the Southeastern Conference will claim. They will say jealousy.

Untrue. This matchup stinks because while we almost surely have identified the best team in America, we absolutely have identified who is not.

The Crimson Tide.

That's what makes it a bummer for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys likely would have met the same fate awaiting Alabama – a decisive LSU victory – but it would have been fun and beneficial for the Cowboys to spend the next month in the glow of a national title game and take their bats against the best.

The experience in New Orleans would have been miserable. Trying to beat LSU in the Bayou is bad enough, darn near impossible, but spending a week around LSU's crude and rude fans would have cured the Cowboys of any designs on ever returning to Louisiana.

So in truth, a Fiesta Bowl against Stanford is more than quite the consolation prize.

Great locale. Great bowl. Great matchup, No. 3 vs. No. 4. Great quarterback derby. Great stadium. Civilized fan base coming from California.

The Cowboys can go play Stanford and with a win can play the martyr for the next decade or so. We shoulda been a contender.

Kudos to Mike Gundy, who stayed classy Sunday night on ESPN when talking about OSU's disappointment. The 44-10 Bedlam rout Saturday night has the Cowboys feeling pretty good about themselves, which they should. It would be easy for Gundy to play the victim, but he didn't.

“We were very disappointed,” Gundy said. “We had a tough loss, but we came back and did everything we could do to dominate the game against Oklahoma.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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