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Gina Mizell: We'll see OSU's defensive aggressiveness from Bedlam in the Fiesta Bowl

The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer Gina Mizell answered questions from readers in Monday's Power Lunch Chat. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

Gina Mizell Modified: December 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm •  Published: December 12, 2011

The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer Gina Mizell answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

On OSU-Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl:

I don't think there will be a letdown. Not making the national championship game was a disappointment, sure, but these players and coaches still realize that they've done something historic at OSU. To put together the best regular season in school history and then have a letdown in the bowl game would be a bit of a waste, don't you think? When I was at the team's watch party last week, the disappointment and talk of Alabama quickly switched to excitement about playing Stanford in the Fiesta. ... I'm excited for a heck of a ballgame — I think it's the best matchup of the entire bowl season, other than the national title game. Two of the best quarterbacks in the nation, two different yet effective offenses, and a little bit of a strength vs. speed battle.

On OSU's success changing future recruiting:

Success will absolutely make it easier to get good recruits — It's safe to say that the vast majority want to play for a winning program. The thing is, when you're dealing with 17- and 18-year old kids, they're going to change their mind sometimes. Especially some of the higher-level prospects, who will continue to be pursued by big schools even after they commit. That's part of the recruiting game.

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