Oklahoma State arrives, Rebels to appear in a little while

Oklahoma State arrived for Sugar Bowl week at the New Orleans airport earlier today.

Cowboys coach Mike Gundy had a few words for the media, none of which were harmed, it appears. I was not there.

Looks like a real Sugar Bowl battle shaping up:

Gundy believes his defense will be better than it was at the end of the year.

There are interesting numbers for the Cowboys. They’re No. 95 nationally in total defense but No. 5 in turnover margin. That’s how you can win 10 games in spite of the first number.

“We need to play well in all three phases,” Gundy said. “I am excited to see our defense compete. We have worked hard the last couple of weeks, and I think we will be fresh.”

Fatigue was a factor at the end of the season.

Offensively, Gundy was coy about how he will use quarterbacks Mason Randolph and J.W. Walsh.

Rudolph was his primary quarterback, Walsh his red zone threat during the season. Both were very effective in their roles, but Rudolph played very little against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game. Walsh posted respectable numbers, but couldn’t keep pace with the Sooners, who rushed for almost 350 yards and won 53-28.

“Offensively, it’s going to be interesting to see what we come up with particularly with the possibility of playing two quarterbacks.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    ole miss old times once again in the city and bowl games that made them famous nationally in times past, but sorry, I believe they have lost their “rabbit foot” and current times will be their defeat.. They have a very good team, but not of the teams that Johnny Vaught once brought here and went away as winners. This OM team second to arrive and I think will be the first to leave in defeat. Oklahoma State the winner here..Oklahoma State 35 Om 17 in honor of my Uncle

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