The Bedlam brothers head to the Valley of the Sun in the coming days, and truthfully, both would rather be elsewhere.
The Cowboys, thrilled to be playing Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl, still would prefer LSU in the Big Bowl, which they missed by a whisker.
The Sooners, a little shamed at falling to the Insight Bowl against Iowa, figure they were made for something better, considering they were ranked No. 1 in October.
So how difficult will it be to win in the desert? Can both teams get to Greater Phoenix and play with an edge that produces victory? With apologies to the Fiesta title sponsor, can both OSU and OU play with a Tostito's chip on their shoulder?
For the third-ranked Cowboys, the hurdle is physical. Fourth-ranked Stanford is a heck of a ballteam.
“I know everybody across the country is excited about the Stanford vs. Oklahoma State game,” said State coach Mike Gundy. “We're really excited about it.”
Gundy said focus won't be a problem at all. The Cowboys will hunker down at the Scottsdale Plaza, go to practice and “spend a lot of time together as a group,” Gundy said. “There should be fewer distractions. I'm not as concerned about it now as I was during the season.”
The disappointment of the final BCS standings seems to have little carryover.
Said OSU defensive end Jamie Blatnick, “The Fiesta Bowl, there's no better place. I'm just excited.”
For the fading-fast Sooners, the hurdle is mental and emotional. Iowa is a pedestrian 7-5. But the Hawkeyes were 7-5 a year ago before beating 12th-ranked Missouri 27-24 in this very same Insight.
How much do the Sooners really want to be in the Fiesta's Little Brother Bowl?
Most admit the disappointment of the season. Most admit the difficulty of summoning motivation for what is viewed as a consolation game. But most vow to defend OU's honor against Iowa.
“I'm very motivated,” said cornerback Demontre Hurst. “Especially with the way we finished the season. The way we played against Oklahoma State (a 44-10 loss) kind of hurt.