OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy's bowl record impressive

As a head coach, Gundy's bowl record is 5-2. That's the same winning percentage as Mack Brown, who takes a 10-4 record in his Alamo Bowl swan song at Texas.
by Berry Tramel and John Helsley Published: December 19, 2013
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photo -  Like it or not, Mike Gundy is on the national radar. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman
Like it or not, Mike Gundy is on the national radar. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman

As a head coach, Mike Gundy's bowl record is 5-2.

That's the same winning percentage as Mack Brown, who takes a 10-4 record into his Alamo Bowl swan song at Texas.

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops is 7-7 in bowls. Kansas State's Bill Snyder is 6-8. Baylor's Art Briles is 2-1.

Les Miles was 1-2 at OSU, but is 5-3 at LSU, so 6-5 overall.

Urban Meyer was a combined 7-1 with Utah and Florida.

Nick Saban is a combined 8-6 at Alabama, LSU and Michigan State. Mark Richt is 8-4 with Georgia. Pete Carroll was 7-2 at Southern Cal. Jimbo Fisher is 3-0 at Florida State. Frank Beamer is 9-11 at Virginia Tech. Mark Dantonio is 3-4 at Cincinnati and Michigan State.

So, what does that all mean?

Different bowls, and different foes and different levels of foes must be considered.

Still, Gundy's track record must be considered impressive:

* His 6-6 team in 2006 beat a 6-6 Alabama team in the Independence.

* His 6-6 team in 2007 beat 7-5 Indiana in the Insight.

* His 9-3 team in 2008 lost to 9-3 Oregon.

* His 9-3 team in 2009 lost to 8-4 Ole Miss in the Cotton.

* His 10-2 team in 2010 beat 7-5 Arizona in the Alamo.

* His 11-1 team in 2011 beat 11-1 Stanford in the Fiesta.

* His 7-5 team in 2012 beat 6-6 Purdue in the Heart of Dallas.

How does Gundy explain his bowl success?

“I like our practice plan, I like our approach,” Gundy said. “I think it gives us the best chance at success.

“Bowl games are about a mental approach. First off, they have to want to be in the bowl game. It has to be important to 'em.”


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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