Heart of Dallas Bowl 2013: Purdue vs. Oklahoma St. TV Info, Predictions and More

Paul TierneyCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

Heart of Dallas Bowl 2013: Purdue vs. Oklahoma St. TV Info, Predictions and More

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    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.

Game Info

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    When: January 1, 2013, 12 p.m. EST

    Where: Cotton Bowl in Dallas

    TV Info: ESPNU

    Live Stream: Watch ESPN

    Spread: TBA

Key Storylines

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    Both of these teams have a lot to prove heading into this game. No, there will not be any national championship hardware handed out at its conclusion. The game is not being played in primetime and it's going to take a back seat to the larger New Year's Day bowl games being played this season.

    However, the loser of this game is going to come out of 2012 with a sour taste in their mouth. Playing in the Cotton Bowl on national television is going to be a major recruiting advantage for both these schools, so you can bet the coaches are going to have their teams fired up to play.

    For Purdue, this will be the final game for sixth-year senior Robert Marve. Marve had his best season of his career in 2012, as he threw for over 1,500 yards and completed over 66 percent of his passes. The transfer from Miami is going to take on a porous Oklahoma State defense and should continue his reliable play. A large portion of this game is going to fall on Marve's arm.

    However, the Boilermakers will play their first game this season without head coach Gary Hope. Hope was fired last Sunday and will not return to the team next season. Wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins will serve as interim head coach during the bowl game. It's important that Purdue responds to Higgins in the weeks leading up to the game. It would be easy for the team to throw in the towel now. But the Heart of Dallas Bowl is an opportunity to help put this program back on the map. 

    For Oklahoma State, it's about keeping their focus and playing their best football. The team just fell to the Baylor Bears in their regular season finale, which robbed them of the chances of playing in a more prestigious bowl game. The taste from the Baylor loss is going to stay with the Cowboys for almost an entire month leading up to the game.

Depth Chart for Purdue

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    Offense

    QB— Robert Marve, Caleb TerBush

    RB—Akeem Shavers, Akeem Hunt

    WR—O.J. Ross, Shane Mikesky

    WR—Gary Bush, Cameron Posey

    WR—Antavian Edison, Raheem Mostert

    TE—Gabe Holmes, Crosby Wright

    LT—Kevin Pamphile, Justin Kitchens

    RT—Trevor Foy, Justin Kitchens

    C—Rick Schmeig, Robert Kugler

    LG—Peters Drey, Cody Davis

    RG—Devin Smith, Cody Davis

     

    Defense

    DE—Ryan Isaac, Jalani Phillips

    DE—Ryan Russell, Greg Latta

    DT—Bruce Gaston, Brandon Taylor

    DT—Kawann Short, Michael Rouse

    LB—Robert Maci, Nnamdi Ezenwa

    LB—Will Lucas, Joe Gilliam

    LB—Antwon Higgs, Sean Robinson

    CB—Ricardo Allen, Frankie Williams

    CB—Josh Johnson, Normondo Harris

    FS—Landon Feichter, Max Charlot

    SS—Taylor Richards, Chris Quinn

     

    Special Teams

    Punter: Cody Webster

    Punt Returner: Josh Johnson

    Kicker: Paul Griggs

    Kick Returner: Raheem Mostert

    Holder: Cody Webster

Oklahoma State Depth Chart

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    Offense

    QB—Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh, Wes Lunt
     

    RB Joseph Randle, Jeremy Smith
     

    WR—Charlie MooreIsaiah Anderson

    WR—Austin Hays, Blake Webb
     

    WR—Josh Stewart, David Glidden

    WR—Blake Jackson, Torrance Carr

    LT—Parker Graham, Devin Davis
     

    LG—Brandon Webb, Jonathan Rush
     

    C—Evan Epstein, Jake Jenkins

    RG—Lane Taylor, Eli Dickerson

    RT—Daniel Koenig, Chris Grisbhy

     

    Defense

    DE—Nigel Nicholas, Cooper Bassett

    DE—Ryan Robinson, Tyler Johnson

    DT—James Castleman, Anthony Rogers

    DT—Calvin Barnett, Davidell Collins

    SLB—Caleb Lavey, Ryan Simmons

    MLB—Alex Elkins, DeMarcus Sherod

    WLB—Shaun Lewis, Lyndell Johnson

    CB—Brodrick Brown, Kevin Peterson

    FS—Shamiel Gary, Zack Craig

    SS—Daytawion Lowe, Larry Stephens

    CB—Justin Gilbert, Ashton Lampkin

     

    Special Teams

    Kicker: Quinn Sharp, Bobby Stonebraker

    Holder: Wes Harlan

    Punter: Quinn Sharp, Michael Reichenstein

    Kick Returner: Justin Gilbert

    Long Snapper: Andruw Suter

Purdue Player to Watch: Akeem Shavers

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    In Purdue's last game, running back Akeem Shavers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help lead the Boilermakers over Indiana 56-35. He's proven to be a lethal threat as a receiver out of the backfield. He's also averaged 4.7 yards on 167 carries this season. As Shavers goes, so does Purdue's offense.

    The Big 12 has never been known for stellar defensive teams. Oklahoma State is no exception, as they have allowed nearly 430 yards of total offense per game this season. If Shavers can get the running game working early, the Boilermakers will have the opportunity to make plays down the field as the game progresses.

    Shavers is going to be relied heavily upon to break the game open. Against Indiana, he had touchdown receptions of 73-yards and 26-yards. As long as defenses must keep accounting for him out of the backfield, there will be opportunities for guys like O.J. Ross, Gary Bush and Antavian Edison to make plays. It's just a matter of whether they can win their individual matchups off the line of scrimmage.

Oklahoma State Player to Watch: Joseph Randle

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    Similar to Shavers, Joseph Randle has the unique ability to change the game with one play. His daunting combination of size and speed has allowed him to become a dual-threat out of the backfield for Oklahoma State's offense this season. Randle has scored 14 touchdowns on the ground in 2012, while also bringing in four scores through the air as well. 

    Randle's ability to score in a variety of ways can make it extremely difficult for defensive coordinators to get the correct personnel groupings onto the field. If they play the run and guard him with a linebacker, he can make a big play in the passing game. If they put a safety on him, it opens up holes in the rushing lanes.

    By dictating the personnel groupings that defenses throw at the Cowboys, Randle allows his quarterback to make quick, accurate reads on defenses. This increases the efficiency in with Oklahoma State runs their offense and it shows in the statistics. The Cowboys have the nation's seventh-ranked passing offense and the 22nd-ranked rushing offense. They run their play based off what the defense gives them, and it's off to the races. 

    If Randle can make big plays in the passing game for the Cowboys, Purdue's defense is going to have trouble keeping up. 

Purdue Will Win If...

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    Purdue will win if they can contain Oklahoma State's explosive offense. Even with their issues at quarterback, the Cowboys have put up 44.7 points per game this season, which is good for the fourth-best total in the nation. Purdue does not have the offense to keep up with Oklahoma State in a shootout. If the defense doesn't hold, it's going to be a long day for the Boilermakers.

    The key to stopping the Cowboys passing offense is taking away the deep ball. Oklahoma State has five players with receptions of 38-yards of longer this season. This offense has so many different weapons that can hit a defense in a variety of ways. Purdue must be willing to give up underneath routs, rather than risk big plays down the field.

    Oklahoma State is not used to sustaining their drives this season. They normally either hit for a big play, or they make a mistake and either turn the ball over, kick a field goal or punt. If Purdue's defense can hold the Cowboys to under 30 points, they have a chance to win this game.

Oklahoma State Will Win If...

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    Oklahoma State will win if they can run the football early. Joseph Randle is averaging over five yards per carry this season. If the Cowboys give the ball to Randle early, it could open up big plays in the passing game as the contest wears on. 

    Oklahoma State is a passing team. They win football games because they have more viable receiving threats than opponents can match up with. If their defense can keep the opponent to under 40 points, the Cowboys usually win the game.

    However, running the football early will enable Oklahoma State to tire Purdue's defense. This will make it harder for the Boilermakers to get to the quarterback and will give more time to Clint Chelf to throw the ball down the field. The big plays will be there for the Cowboys in this one, it's just a matter of whether they will be patient enough to wait for them.

Prediction

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    Oklahoma State 38

    Purdue 23 

    The Cowboys have too much firepower on offense for the Boilermakers. They can run the ball down their throat or they can throw it over their head. It's basically a case of pick your poison, and their style of play is extremely difficult to defend if a team hasn't played against it before.

    The only way the Boilermakers make a game of this one is if Oklahoma State does not come focused to play 60 minutes of football. The Cowboys have their issues on defense that Purdue will be able to exploit. However, Joseph Randle and Co. are incredibly versatile and hard to defend.

    Look for Oklahoma State to roll in this one. If they can avoid turnovers and mental breakdowns, they are the more talented football team. There's no reason this game should be close.