→What did we learn about the Cowboys’ bounce-back abilities?
OSU players and coaches downplayed the possibilities of a trap game, even shrugged them off as irrelevant during the week. The Cowboys’ win at Iowa State was about as business-like,efficient and impressive as could have been hoped for.
On the heels of an ugly defeat to Texas, then getting a final dose of bad news about Dez Bryant, the Cowboys showed character and resolve in romping on the road. A hefty dose of credit goes to the team’s veteran leaders.
OSU now hasn’t lost consecutive regular season games since 2007.
"We’ve always been able to bounce back, that’s just how our team is,” said quarterback Zac Robinson. "We’ve faced a lot of adversity this season, I mean, more than anybody ever expected.
"And to see us bounce back again from a tough loss last week to a great win, it’s just a tribute to the leadership we have and guys stepping up.”
→How did the weekend’s play impact OSU’s possible bowl destinations?
OSU’s stock rose to the point that the Fiesta Bowl now dangles realistically within sight. A trip to Tempe requires winning out, which will be difficult, yet doable. Down the stretch, the Cowboys face home games against Texas Tech and Colorado and a trip to Oklahoma.
Tech has struggled at quarterback, the Buffs are a wreck and the injury-ravaged Sooners may be headed toward their worst season of the Bob Stoops era.
With Oregon, Iowa, LSU and Penn State all losing in front of the Cowboys and always-coveted Notre Dame falling below them, OSU’s appeal rises. And by winning out, the Pokes would be knocking on the door of the top 10.
The Cowboys’ current scenario suggests the Fiesta Bowl at the top end, with nothing lower than the Holiday Bowl.