Cotton Bowl: Big 12 sure could have used a Cowboy victory

by Berry Tramel Published: January 4, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Missouri band capped its Cotton Bowl pregame show by sidestepping into a snazzy “SEC.”

Yep, that SEC pride doesn't take long to take root.

Two years out of the Big 12, and Missourians have seared that Southeastern Conference logo into their psyche in no time at all.

Although give Mizzou fans some credit. They didn't start that maddening “SEC! SEC!” chant until their wild 41-31 victory over OSU was secure Friday night.

Unlike down in New Orleans the night before, when Alabama fans started chanting after OU's Trevor Knight threw an interception five minutes into a game that the Crimson Tide led 7-0.

That chant and what it represents is why the Big 12 sure could have used a Cowboy victory in the Cotton Bowl.

After the Sooners stunned Bama down in the Sugar Bowl, OSU had a chance to produce a sweep. If the Bedlam rivals had gone 2-0 against two of the three SEC teams ranked in the top eight of the BCS, Big 12 buttons would be busting on this fine Saturday.

Instead, the Big 12 sits with the rest of college football, not only looking up at the SEC over the last many seasons, but 2013 as well, hoping that perhaps Florida State can beat Auburn on Monday night and break the SEC's run of seven straight national titles.

At least the Big 12 has the Sugar Bowl.

“I'll let you guys determine that,” Bob Stoops said down in New Orleans on Friday morning. “I've watched Alabama run roughshod over the SEC for the last few years, and we didn't look overwhelmed.

“I've also watched Missouri and A&M the last year or two; they didn't look overwhelmed. They've been in the Big 12 for 100 years, and they've been there for two years, and they look like they match up pretty well. 

“Enough of that talk. It's nonsense.”

That mostly was Mike Gundy's theory during Cotton Bowl week. He repeatedly said OSU didn't carry the Big 12 banner; the Cowboys wanted to win for the Cowboys.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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...
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