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Mike Gundy Named Big 12 Coach of the Year

Mike Gundy

Mike Gundy has brought consistency to the Oklahoma State program, which has been to a bowl in every season under his leadership. That 16-year stretch of winning season is the longest in school history, and it isn’t close. He is, however on the verge of his best season yet.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 11-1 and headed to their first Big 12 Championship game ever, and with a win would likely be in the College Football Playoff. This is the best season a team has had under Gundy since 2011, and it could be even better than that squad when all is said and done.

 

For he and his teams’ accomplishments this season, Mike Gundy has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (2010).

Gundy and the Cowboys have been terrific defensively this season, and his 2018 hire of Jim Knowles has paid dividends all year long. OSU paces the nation in sacks (49), ranks third nationally in total defense (281.2 ypg), and is fifth in points allowed (16.4 ppg).

 

Gundy’s boys have been playing their best ball as of late, and just had perhaps their biggest win in school history with a 37-33 victory over Oklahoma in Bedlam on Saturday. After the win, Gundy talked about the win and Bedlam as a whole:

“That’s about as good as it gets for college football. Sometimes I get on a really small rant when I say we need to be careful about messing with the structure of college football. Things that happened today in these games and what you see here, college football is pretty good the way it is. That was a heck of a game. Two really good teams playing and I’m glad we were able to come out on top at the end.”

The wins will only get bigger from here because each one from here on out ends in a trophy. This week? A Big 12 Trophy, and they will have to defeat the Baylor Bears to claim it. Expect the Big 12 Coach of the Year to have his team ready to play for that one.

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