Cowboy coaches, players, and fans owe Charlie Strong a gift basket. After the Longhorns defeated the Bears on Saturday the Cowboys claimed second place in the Big 12. That led to the Pokes getting the Big 12 bid for the Sugar Bowl after Oklahoma got selected for the CFP. The Pokes will face the Ole Miss Rebels on New Year’s Day at 7:30 pm. The Rebels and Pokes last met in the 2010 Cotton Bowl with the Rebels coming away victorious.
In what has been a largely successful season for the Pokes, they will have a chance to cap it with a big time bowl win in a NY6 bowl game. The Pokes ability to get to this point after going 6-6 last season is a large testament to what Mike Gundy has done with this team. The Pokes have the opportunity to win 11 games, something they have only done a few times in program history. Although the last two games have been disappointments for the Pokes, they will have an opportunity to close out the season strong and gain some serious momentum going into next season. The Pokes do not lose a lot of seniors this year but the ones that are leaving will want to go out on top. This is a great way to build the national brand that this year’s senior class has had a big part in improving.
Ole Miss is no push-over however. The Pokes will have their hands full when they travel down to New Orleans for New Year’s. The Rebels come in at 9-3. Their losses were to Florida, Memphis, and Arkansas but they also were the only team to defeat Alabama this year. The Cowboy defense will have to stop Ole Miss QB Chad “Swag” Kelly and Laquon Treadwell the receiver who almost picked OSU but instead went to Ole Miss.
In what looks to be a great game the Cowboys will try to build on what has been a great season. Thanks Charlie Strong.