STILLWATER — “Obviously, that's enough excitement for one night,” Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy said after Saturday night's game.
That was about as good a quote to describe Saturday night's Big 12 game at Boone Pickens Stadium, in which the OSU Cowboys outlasted the Kansas State Wildcats 52-45.
The win put OSU at 9-0 for the first time since the Oklahoma A&M days. More importantly, the Pokes are on a collision course with LSU for the BCS Championship Game Jan. 9, 2012, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
As the events of Saturday night unfolded — OSU's big win over Kansas State and No. 1 LSU's 9-6 overtime victory on the road against then-No. 2 Alabama — I couldn't help but think about the irony of this match-up.
First of all, I happened to attend the Les Miles swan song game at the Alamo Bowl when the Pokes lost to Ohio State Not long after that game, he announced that he would become the new coach at LSU. Gundy became his successor.
If everything holds just right, the BCS Championship Game would have Miles' former team going up against his current team. I know that nothing would please OSU fans more than to stick it to Miles — and win a national title in the process.
However, being ever cautious, Gundy realizes that there is a lot of football left to be played.
“We've been fortunate enough to be high enough in the polls, and we've had success, we're kind of hanging around,” he said. “That's what it really is. You just try to hang around, and be there in the last week. There's still a lot of football left to be played.”