Oklahoma State-Oklahoma: A Chance for a Statement?
This is the game every Cowboy and Sooner has been waiting for. It's a game that determines which team stands supreme in the state of Oklahoma.
This will be senior night in Norman, where under head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners are 62-2. One of those loses however, came in this very rival, back in 2001 thanks to Oklahoma States' very own Rashaun Woods and Josh Fields.
This is a new era in Oklahoma State football however. The Cowboys are 9-2 and 6-1 in Big XII play. They are in control of second place in the Big XII South.
Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy has brought forth a new found competitiveness to Oklahoma State football, one of which Cowboy nation hopes will continue.
Gundy will settle for nothing less than winning. The electric coach has brought in players and athletes who share his incredible enthusiasm and his will to win.
The Cowboys last performance on the field came against Colorado on Thursday night in front of a national audience. Though they had to rally to come back and win, the Cowboys were missing the most influential player to their explosive offense.
Senior quarterback Zac Robinson did not play. Instead, he sat out to insure that he was healthy going into what could be one of the most important games in his collegiate career.
Robinson will now get the chance to lead the most influential class in Oklahoma States' football history into Norman. This could potentially be a statement game for the Cowboys.
A win on Saturday morning could send Oklahoma State to a BCS Bowl game, quite possibly the Fiesta Bowl and more importantly a shot at something that has never happened at OSU.
Robinson has the shot to make history. A shot at an eleven win season.
This is Gundy's last shot with this group of young men to do something that he has yet to do in his coaching career—beat the Oklahoma Sooners.
It's also a chance for him and his team to announce to the country that they are in fact ready to compete with the big boys in both the Big XII and throughout the country.
Though the Sooners are having a down year, they are still a recruiting powerhouse, something that the Cowboys wish to become. And with a win on Saturday, they take a step in the right direction.
Cowboy nation will flood into Norman, in what could end up being the game of the season for both teams.
Saturday morning will determine whether the state will bleed maroon for yet another season, or if orange will flood through the streets of Oklahoma.
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