While the writing has been on the wall for OU and Texas fans throughout their final season of Big 12 play, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy openly addressed the fact that the conference is likely happy to not see another Red River rematch in the Big 12 title game.
Gundy said what a large collection of Big 12 fans were more than likely thinking at his post-game press conference saying, “I’m going to guess the Big 12 Conference is excited about that. And I think it’s also good for us, the ones that are staying in the conference. I think it’s a positive thing.”
Gundy’s Cowboys survived a big scare against BYU, rallying back to a 40-34 win in overtime. With the win, Oklahoma State now has a date with the No. 7 Texas Longhorns in Arlington for the 2023 Big 12 Championship.
Gundy was asked if he knew that a win would seal off any potential of a Red River Big 12 Championship game and jokingly responded, “Was I supposed to know that before the game?”
He continued his thoughts by saying, “I didn’t even know that,” Gundy said. “The Big 12 Conference has shown a lot of strength. I’m proud to be in it and proud of who’s coming into it, so I never really looked at it that way.”
While the Cowboys have an uphill battle in their attempt to hand Texas their second loss of the season, Mike Gundy has had a lot of success against the Longhorns during his time in Stillwater. Oklahoma State has taken home wins in each of the previous two matchups against Texas but will enter Saturday’s matchup as 11.5-point underdogs.
The Big 12 Championship game kicks off on Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00 AM CT in Arlington at AT&T Stadium.