Cotton Bowl Bound: Oklahoma State Prepares for a Familiar Bowl Foe

Curtis FinchumCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2009

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Zac Robinson #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Floyd Casey Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma State will return to a familiar place come January 2nd, as they head to Dallas, TX to play in the Cotton Bowl. 

Head coach Mike Gundy will now have to prepare his team for a game against a familiar Cotton Bowl opponent. The last time the Cowboys appeared in the Cotton bowl they faced Eli Manning and his Ole Miss Rebels. 

Now, Gundy's squad will play a Rebels squad who is once again led by an exceptional quarterback, Jevan Snead. 

Luckily for the Cowboys, Gundy has a game changing quarterback of his own. Senior Zac Robinson will enter his final game of his collegiate career as one of the most dangerous duel threat quarterbacks in the country. 

But its not just Robinson that will be leaving all out on the field. Fellow seniors Patrick Lavine, Andre Sexton, Keith Toston, Parrish Cox, and Russell Okung all have a chance to give the Cowboys its first 10-win season in decades. 

This however, will be looked upon as the bowl game for the "overrated" by many. Both Ole Miss and OSU were ranked in the top 10 at the beginning of the season.

However, neither lived up to expectations. Ole Miss struggled with offense efficiency and OSU fell flat on its face against Houston after a big win against Georgia. 

Also, after the lose of All-American Dez Bryant, the Cowboy offense was never the same again. 

So as both teams begin practice for the Cotton Bowl, both teams are looking to make a statement. After a complete beat down by their in-state rivals, both teams now have something to prove. 

For Snead and the Rebels, its that they really are a consistent team ready for prime time. Robinson and the Cowboys however, have more to prove. 

The younger receiving core and secondary for OSU all have to show that next season won't be a flop back to normalcy. After finding their future QB in sophomore Brandon Weeden, Gundy's crew all have to show they can continue to play at a high level. 

But for now, Christmas and New Years approaches and all these Cowboy seniors want is to continue the resurgence. All the Cowboys want for a Cotton Bowl trophy.