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Oklahoma State football: Cheer up Cowboys, you'll have more fun in Phoenix

OSU TO FIESTA BOWL — Oklahoma State couldn't overcome the SEC cartel, but the Cowboys and their fans will enjoy Greater Phoenix much more than they would the Big Easy.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 4, 2011

photo - Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden (3)watches the BCS selection show, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden (3)watches the BCS selection show, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“We also believe in the system. For whatever reason, we came up a little bit short. Obviously, wasn't enough people out there that wanted to see the Big 12 champion compete against the SEC champion.”

And in truth, the Cowboys have no one to blame but themselves. Beat Iowa State, hang on to a 24-7 lead, and OSU would be headed for Bourbon Street while the Samsung prattled on about Alabama's greatness.

My dismay over the rematch is not that OSU got left out. It's that everyone not coached by Nick Saban got left out.

The BCS mantra – every game counts – has been exposed. Not only does every game not count, the biggest game of the season doesn't count.

LSU's 9-6 overtime victory, that Game of the Century in Tuscaloosa – the game of the 19th century, someone called it – didn't mean anything. It was the SEC title game, that's what it was. Nothing more.

That every-game-counts nonsense has been de-bunked.

But don't take it personal, Cowboys. No one's out to get you. The SEC cartel is out to get everyone who doesn't play in Dixie. Boone Pickens was right Saturday night when he said it looks like the SEC is running a closed system.

So go West, Cowboys. Go to Phoenix, beat Stanford, finish No. 3 behind LSU and twice-beaten Alabama, and walk tall. OSU's first major bowl trip in 66 years is a total winner.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
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 Oklahoman,...
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