The inaugural Heart of Dallas Bowl will take place on New Year's Day between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. This game will feature two football teams that have had tumultuous, up-and-down seasons. Purdue will play this game with an interim head coach, while Oklahoma State has to worry about coach Mike Gundy pursuing other career opportunities.
Regardless, the two contrasting styles of play in this contest will surely make it interesting to watch. Oklahoma State is a deep threat, with spread offense and speed players all over the field. Purdue has a relatively balanced offense that relies on its defense to keep them in games.
Through the first nine games of 2012, Purdue was 3-6. They had not beaten a quality opponent and were one loss away from not making a postseason appearance. However, the team banded together and won each of their last three games to earn a trip to the Cotton Bowl. This team is rolling right now, but Oklahoma State may have what it takes to stop them.
The Cowboys have dropped three of their last five. Granted, all three of those losses came against ranked opponents. However, Oklahoma State's inability to beat the elite teams in the nation has continued to haunt them in 2012. Luckily for them, Purdue is far from being considered elite. If the Cowboys turn this into a shootout, this one could get ugly.