NO BOWL POLITICKING FROM MIKE GUNDY
The bowl selection process is often about politics, with the committees wanting to set up the matchup that will bring the most fans and create the most national buzz.
OSU coach Mike Gundy acknowledged Sunday that there can be some behind-the-scenes discussions between bowls and schools. But the politicking has never come from Gundy himself.
“They don't really listen,” Gundy said of the bowls. “They've got a plan for what they want. The bowl committees are going to try to bring the teams that can sell the tickets and generate the most interest for their bowl, for whatever reason. And that can change year to year.
“I think there is some lobbying that goes on behind the scenes, but it certainly hasn't been with me as a coach. I just don't think they really care what we've got to say as coaches. They've got their own agenda, and they're going to stay with it.”
COWBOYS DROP TO 24 IN AP POLL; FALL OUT OF COACHES POLL
OSU dropped two spots to No. 24 in the latest Associated Press poll and fell out of the USA Today Coaches poll following its 51-48 overtime loss to Oklahoma Saturday in Norman.
The Cowboys, which were previously ranked 21st by the coaches, are the first team receiving votes in that poll.
OSU also fell to 23rd in the most recent BCS standings released Sunday night. Those rankings do not matter for the Cowboys anymore, though, as a team needs to finish in the top 14 of next week's final standings to be eligible for an at-large BCS bowl berth.
FRESHMAN RECEIVER BLAKE WEBB PROVIDING VALUE
It's hard enough for a true freshman to learn one receiver position in the OSU offense and contribute in his first year.
Blake Webb has backed up three different receiver spots for the Cowboys this season, and made his first-career start Saturday in Norman.
Webb has been valuable because of his ability to constantly move around the field and provide depth at the positions that have been depleted by injury. He began the season as an inside receiver, but has moved to the outside in recent weeks because Tracy Moore, Isaiah Anderson and Charlie Moore have all been hurt at various points this season.
“He's starting to get his second wind,” Gundy said, “where he's understanding college and the grind of college football and just everyday life We're excited about his future, but he's given us a lot. As we've had injuries at different positions this season, he's intelligent enough to learn multiple positions.”
Against OU, Webb tallied three catches for 20 yards.
BIG 12 PARITY HOLDING TRUE, GUNDY SAYS
OSU's next opponent, Baylor, became the ninth bowl-eligible Big 12 team Saturday with its 52-45 overtime victory over Texas Tech in Arlington.
That certainly isn't a surprise to Gundy, who has always lauded the conference's depth from top to bottom.
“You can have a league that has two or three or four teams that may be great, great teams, and then have some teams that are really struggling,” Gundy said. “But when you're in a league like this one, where you have a number of teams that can beat you on any given day, that they have enough skill — whether it be at the quarterback, the receiver spot, for whatever reason — it makes it more difficult to play in this league each week.”