December 23, 2009

10 more days... Cotton Bowl around the corner

Only 10 more days until it will be time for Oklahoma State to bowl for some Cotton.

With other bowl games already in the books and a host of others still on the way, the Cowboys are only three days away from saddling up and heading to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for the 2010 New Year and the Cotton Bowl Classic. The game, set for a 1 p.m. Central Time kickoff on Jan. 2, will air nationally on the Fox Broadcast Network. While it isn't a BCS bowl, the Cotton (as well as the Capital One Bowl) is basically the best bowl destination a team can get outside of the series.

Especially this season, as the game moves from Fair Park in Dallas to the 8th, 9th and 13th wonder of the world (the video board holds down spots 10-12), Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. So, at the very least, the Pokes will be playing their bowl game at, hands down, the best stadium in the country.

While next week will be full of media obligations to fill column inches leading up to the game against Ole Miss, head coach Mike Gundy and team have already recorded some early thoughts on the game itself. Below are some highlights on OSU making the game itself.

As said before, the Cotton Bowl is basically as BCS as a team can get without making the BCS. And while that consolation might not mean a lot after the lofty expectations of this season, it is still an important mark for this program. After all, New Year's Day games still aren't normal for OSU football.

Senior linebacker Andre Sexton is pumped to be playing in the game.

"It's great," he said. "It shows how much we've accomplished as a senior class. We've got a good opportunity to go there and play in Cowboys Stadium and play against a very talented Ole Miss team. We've got a chance to solidify ourselves in OSU history with the chance to get 10 wins."

Jermiah Price shared Sexton's sentiments.

"We're happy with what we got, because we've earned everything we've got," Price said. "We're playing in the Cotton Bowl; it's the closest bowl to going to a BCS bowl. We're happy with that."

"The Cotton Bowl is one of those bowls if you miss the BCS; there is really no drop off by going there," said Keith Toston. "That's how our team feels. We didn't get to make the BCS this year, but the Cotton Bowl is one of the bigger bowls that is out there. A lot of great teams have played there. This year we get the chance to play in that stadium and that's big. There aren't a lot of college teams that have had the opportunity to play in that stadium and we're fortunate to be one of them."

In our next bowl report, we'll focus on those Rebels, who OSU last played in the 2004 Classic, forever known in Orange Country as the "If only they threw it to Rashaun Woods more and earlier…" Bowl.

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