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Oklahoma State football: Was Mike Gundy bluffing when he flirted with the SEC?

OSU's Mike Gundy flirted with two SEC openings after last season. Officials from both Tennessee and Arkansas talked with Gundy. He now downplays the discussions with Tennessee and Arkansas.
by Berry Tramel Modified: August 26, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

Gundy's primary complaint has been scheduling. OSU opens the 2013 season with Mississippi State and the 2014 season with Florida State. He would prefer a non-conference slate of automatic victories.

But Gundy also must admit that OSU has given him, and thus his players, the tools to win, including state-of-the-art facilities and a big budget for coaching salaries.

Truth is, OSU affords a better chance to win big than does Tennessee or Arkansas, who have slipped down the food chain in the rugged SEC. The Cowboys came within a whisker of reaching the national title game when they won the Big 12 in 2011 and now are picked to win the league in 2013.

Tennessee has not won an SEC football since 1998; Arkansas still seeks its first SEC football title. Tennessee is picked to finish fifth in the seven-team SEC East Division. Arkansas is picked last in the seven-team SEC West.