College football matchups such as Georgia-Clemson, LSU-TCU or Alabama-Virginia Tech are garnering most of the attention as media and fans set our sights on Week 1 of the 2013 season. However, there is another intriguing matchup pitting an SEC team against a big-time out of conference foe that just got a lot more intriguing.
That’s because Oklahoma State players decided to make some headlines of their own in providing bulletin board material for Week 1 foe Mississippi State.
Obviously, OSU players are not totally immune to what is being said on television, in video games and online: The SEC has been the dominant force in college football for some time now. This bunch of high-flying Cowboys are sick of hearing about it.
Wide receiver Blake Jackson kicked things off. However, while he admits to being excited at finally getting the chance to knock off an SEC opponent, he stopped short of completely calling anybody out.
“We’re ready to show what one of the Big 12′s best can do against an SEC team.,” He told O-State Illustrated. “We hear all that stuff about the SEC so we’re ready to show what we have. We respect their conference, we want them to respect ours as well.”
Another wideout, Tracy Moore, is ready to prove the SEC isn’t the only conference with tough players in it.
“We’re a definitely a good, physical football team. Me, personally, I feel like I’ve been a little more physical than most receivers are. As a whole, we’re really physical. I don’t think anyone in the SEC is more physical than us. Yeah, we play a different style, but it’s the same level of physicality. It’s gonna be difficult for them and us. I’m looking forward to the game.”
Finally, their teammate along the offensive line, Parker Graham, was not nearly so cordial. The big man did not mince words when chatting about the conditioning of the defensive linemen he will be facing in just over a week’s time.
“You know, I just think that the SEC is blown a little bit out of proportion. There’s a lot of great players down there and it’s a heavily recruited area, but at the same time we play really fast offense here and sometimes those SEC defenses lose their breath against it. They have big guys but they aren’t very well conditioned. We’re gonna play our best ball and see what happens.”
Oklahoma State is expected to compete with Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor for the Big 12 title in 2013-14. Mississippi State is another up-and-coming SEC squad that returns a senior quarterback and running back from a team that earned a Gator Bowl berth a year ago.
Oh yes, and did we mention Bulldogs defensive linemen Denico Autry, Kaleb Eulls, PJ Jones and Chris Jones have all undoubtedly read or listened to Graham’s confident words?
The Cowboys and Dawgs clash in nine days, people. Just nine short days.