The Big 12/SEC storyline has carried all through Cotton Bowl week, with the idea largely being downplayed by players and coaches that either Oklahoma State or Missouri has an added sense of pride in this game because they used to being conference brothers.
Cowboy coach Mike Gundy became the latest to do that when he was asked during Thursday’s final press conference if he felt his team was representing the entire Big 12 in this game.
“I guess from a media and a fan standpoint, I should say yes. But I hate to say that,” Gundy said. ” … And I may not be stimulating enough interest out there. But no matter who we’re playing, we ask our coaches and our players to commit to preparation for every game. The SEC and the Big 12 obviously are very strong conferences that have had tremendous success over the last six, eight years.
“And so if we were playing a team from another conference, we would ask them to prepare the same way. So we’re playing a very good football team. And they know the challenge at hand, and they have handled themselves very good over the last three weeks. We are excited about playing in the game and looking forward to the competition.”