OSU Nearing Finish Of Cotton Bowl Preparations
Head Coach Mike Gundy knew that game day was almost here Wednesday by the way his players practiced.Oklahoma State punctuated a week of practices for the AT&T Cotton Bowl with a session highon concentration at AT&T Stadium.
Players worked for about 90 minutes in helmets, shoulderpads and shorts in what equated to a regular-season Thursday practice, the last before the game.
No. 13 OSU (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) squares off against No. 8 Missouri (11-2, 7-2 SEC) on Friday."The players are settling in mentally and getting ready for the game," Gundy said. "They've hada great five days here, so they seem to be more focused on the game now than they wereyesterday."
Hip hop tunes boomed out of the stadium's sound system. Oklahoma State cranks up the musicat all practices, whether preparing for a home, road or neutral-site game, Gundy said. Playerslearn how to operate in the loud conditions they typically face on game day.Gundy lets the players pick the music.
"Every once in a while I make them throw in some '70s and '80s and Motown. That's my stuff,"said Gundy, who grew up on those genres. "But other than that, I let them listen to what theywant to."
Gundy extended the team's curfew to 1 a.m. for New Year's Eve and rang in 2014 with his wifeKristen and their three children at the team hotel."It was hard for me to make it till midnight," Gundy said. "Unfortunately, the last 10 years of mylife it's been hard for me to make it that late."
Oklahoma State will conduct a walkthrough Thursday at the stadium. The walkthrough will beclosed to the public and media.The 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 3 on FOX. Airtime is set for 6:30 p.m. CSTwith kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
Making their fourth appearances as members of FOX'sbroadcast crew, Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will describe all the action and will be joined byKristina Pink reporting from the sideline. FOX is broadcasting the Classic for the 16thconsecutive year.