The Big 12 has an image problem that must change. Far too many national observers consider the conference soft and not worthy of Power Five Conference status. The last few seasons have done nothing to change this mindset. The last three years, OU has lost to SEC teams in bowl games and the past several years we have played second fiddle to the SEC in recruiting.
Spitting in our face is Alabama who has stolen a five-star running back from us each of the past two years. We simply must turn this thing around and fast. The first step on our road to recovery is this year’s Cotton Bowl.
The good news is that we will be playing the SEC’s 3rd, possibly 4th place team in the Cotton Bowl. The bad news is that we are a three-point underdog going into the game. I realize that beating Kyle Trask and the Gators will be a tall order, but we simply must get this done.
We must stop the bleeding to get where we want to be. We must start beating SEC teams on the grid iron and we must go toe to toe with SEC teams on the recruiting trail and pull out some much-needed w’s.
This year’s Cotton Bowl will represent the beginning of the 2021 season. OU fans should see this year’s Cotton Bowl as the season opener, a season that we believe will end with a CFP appearance and shot at a National Championship. Additionally, with the end of the recruiting season still six weeks away, a big Cotton Bowl win will go a long way in securing a top five recruiting class that will lay the groundwork for 2021.
Sitting back and enjoying a leisurely Cotton Bowl is not in the cards for OU fans…We need this win in the worst way and a sizeable point differential would be even better.
That is right…it’s crunch time.