STILLWATER, Okla. – OSU head football coach Mike Gundy is laying out the Cowboys’ battle plan to take the Tigers in the Cotton Bowl.
Gundy says, “We’ve always had a lot of respect for Missouri.”
He pointed out the strength of the Mizzou defense, saying that the Tigers have two to three really good pass rushers that could affect the OSU offense.
Gundy also added that Missouri is known for selecting players who they can develop into superstars.
When asked about Missouri and Texas A&M moving to the SEC, Gundy admitted that he still has the tendency to stop and watch their games because the Cowboys may end up playing against them later on in the season.
Gundy added, “Missouri is a team that over a 20, 25 year period has been better in football than what people think across the country, in my opinion. We’ve always had a lot of respect for them.”
“They’re as familiar with us as we are with them,” said Gundy. “I just think it’s a great match up and I don’t know if there’s an advantage either way.”
He says that while the SEC is known for scoring more points in their games, Gundy says his focus is on the average scoring per possession and having a balanced offense.
He said, “They’re going to try and take away what we do best and then it should be important for us to take away what they do best, most of that is coaching.”
Gundy says that while he doesn’t have a lot players who are expected to go high in the NFL draft, all the players work together as a unit to win games.
Gundy said, “They’re getting ready to play a really good football team that, if they don’t prepare well and practice and focus that they don’t have the best opportunity to win.”
Gundy’s Cowboys kick off against the Mizzou Tigers in the AT&T Cotton Bowl in Arlington Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. CT.
You can watch it on FOX.