STILLWATER — Every Oklahoma State football player interviewed this week agreed that Saturday night against Missouri will be the biggest game any of them have ever played.
Goals, like the Big 12 Conference championship or a bigger, better bowl game, or postseason awards, will be impacted by Saturday night’s outcome.
"We’ve been waiting for games like this,” said OSU linebacker Patrick Lavine.
But Missouri has already played in games like this. The Tigers climbed all the way to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll last season and played for the Big 12 title. So the Cowboys must avoid the onset of panic come crunch time.
"I think they’ll be fine,” coach Mike Gundy said, adding that his team will have to rely on the maturity of its veterans.
This won’t be the last appearance on a national stage for the Pokes this season. Three more current top-10 teams are on the schedule, two of those on the road. So even if Saturday night ends in a loss, all will not be lost.
This game represents a situation OSU regularly wants to be in, and now, the next time won’t be the first.
By Scott Wright