Boone Pickens said OSU deserves to be in New Orleans “for all the right reasons.” He said he “just can't imagine” an LSU-Bama rematch. “It looks like an SEC closed system if that happens.”
The Cowboys have Bob Stoops' vote. “I don't know what will happen,” Stoops said. “But I know I'll vote LSU No. 1 and Oklahoma State No. 2.”
Stoops, Pickens and Gundy are right. OSU does deserve to be on Bourbon Street, and here's why.
The Cowboys won the best conference. Don't look now, but the Big 12 has been the highest-ranked conference all season by the computers.
OSU's only loss was a bad defeat – to Iowa State – but it did come on the road and double overtime and, here's the kicker, the day they learned of the plane crashed that killed Cowgirl women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others. I was at OSU's team hotel that day, and it was a gloomy place. The Cowboys were in a funk, even when taking a 24-7 lead at Ames.
And Gundy is right. Bama had its shot. Let's try someone else.
“I think we deserve it,” said OSU defensive end Jamie Blatnick, as good a pick as any for best player on the field Saturday night. “That was a convincing win over OU, who's a great team. We held 'em to 10 points. I don't think anybody wants to see another rematch with no touchdowns.”
Wait a minute, big boy. Don't go selling the Cowboys short. Who knows what OSU's defense could produce? The Sooner offense misses Ryan Broyles, but it remained a scoring machine. And the Cowboys made OU look blah.
“We were ready, we were fired up,” Blatnick said. “We just kept after ‘em. Didn't let up.”
Gundy called it one of the best defensive performances ever at OSU, which befits a night so full of history. A night that at the least makes the Cowboys relevant again in the national championship discussion and at the most will put OSU in New Orleans.
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