ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit: Sooners will surprise with their play in Sugar Bowl

“Oklahoma definitely has a chance in this game because they are going to play with some urgency. I think they are going to play with a major chip on their shoulder.”
by Mel Bracht Published: December 30, 2013
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photo - ESPN College GameDay’s Lee Corso, left, puts on an OU hat and scarf as Kirk Herbstreit spells OU with his arms. The GameDay crew brought bad luck for the Sooners against Missouri last season, but OU is 17-8 overall in games visited by GameDay. Photo By Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archive
ESPN College GameDay’s Lee Corso, left, puts on an OU hat and scarf as Kirk Herbstreit spells OU with his arms. The GameDay crew brought bad luck for the Sooners against Missouri last season, but OU is 17-8 overall in games visited by GameDay. Photo By Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archive

What is OSU's mindset going into the Cotton Bowl?

“They have to look at this as another opportunity. I think Mike (Gundy) will do a good job of getting his team ready to play. I had them against Baylor late in the year. I remember walking out of that stadium just being really impressed with the versatility of the offense. We knew coming in that they were running the football so well and doing so many great things. In that particular game, Clint (Chelf) ended up throwing the football. They just showed a lot of versatility there. In this matchup, we've talked all year about how good Missouri's defense is. I think that Oklahoma State will have to pick their spots, whether it's running or throwing. Considering Missouri lost their last game, Oklahoma State lost their last game, both would rather be in bigger bowl games. This is a classic bowl game that the team with more energy, the team that has a better overall attitude for 60 minutes will be the team that wins and that head coach will deserve a lot of credit.”

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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