Sexton’s wrong about that. No one will forget the advancements made by these OSU veterans. But victory today surely will enhance that legacy of which Conner spoke.
"They came out with a chip on their shoulder,” Ole Miss cornerback Marshay Green said of OSU’s knockout of Georgia. "I’m pretty sure they’re going to come out with a chip on their shoulder Saturday. They’re going to come out and try to punch us in the mouth. So it’s important that we punch them in their mouth first.”
The SEC can intimidate. The Cotton Bowl is the Big 12’s best barometer of how it stacks up against college football’s best conference. The results recently say: Not well.
This is the 12th Cotton Bowl since the SEC aligned with the Big 12 to send teams to Dallas. The SEC leads the series 6-5 but has won five of the last six; only Missouri’s rout of Arkansas two years ago interrupted the SEC domination.
In the other Big 12/SEC bowl matchup, the Independence, the SEC leads the series 8-2. This decade, the conferences have met twice in BCS title games; both LSU and Florida beat Oklahoma.
"We do feel we’re the strongest conference,” said Ole Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe. "I don’t think anybody can match up with our conference.”
Strongest? Yes. Unbeatable? No. The Cowboys can win today, and if they complete a sweep of SEC foes, it is one more sign that Oklahoma State has gotten serious about football.
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