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Oklahoma State football: Three storylines for the Cotton Bowl

Gina Mizell takes a look at three storylines to watch for the Cotton Bowl.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: December 14, 2013
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SENIOR SEND-OFF: The Cowboys have 28 seniors, and the bulk of them fill critical roles on this team. How do they respond in their final game, particularly after missing out on the chance to capture a second Big 12 title and return trip to the Fiesta Bowl? This group can become the winningest senior class in school history with a Cotton Bowl victory.

SEC? SEC?: Missouri's been out of the Big 12 for only two seasons, but have the Tigers — players, coaches, fans — already fully adopted the SEC style? How will they handle the SEC vs. Big 12 questions? How often will “SEC! SEC!” chants break out when fans mingle? It should be interesting to see how all the Mizzou folks carry themselves. Winning their division should spark an aura of confidence, and rightfully so.

WELCOME TO JERRY'S WORLD: By the time the Cotton Bowl is over, Oklahoma State should be plenty familiar with AT&T Stadium, the massive venue where it will also open the 2014 season against Florida State. With the Seminoles, who could come in as the defending national champs, and reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston looming in that game, the Cowboys will likely need all the help they can get.