(Sporting Alert) — Two more bowl games are on the schedule on Friday, Jan. 2. The schedule sees teams battling for the AT&T Cotton Bowl and the Discover Orange Bowl on the day.
The first clash on the schedule sees No. 8 Missouri taking on No. 13for the Cotton Bowl, while the seventh-ranked Ohio State faces No. 12 Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
At the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, the Cowboys (10-2) will be hoping to bounce back from the 33-24 defeat to the Oklahoma Sooners in their last outing on Dec 7, as they seek to end the season on a high.
At the same time, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy wants his players to go and enjoy themselves while playing competitively.
Since losing to Oklahoma, the Cowboys have been busy regrouping and preparing to face the Tigers, a team Gundy believes will be tough to handle, especially defensively.
“They have done as good a job as maybe anybody in the country,” he said on Missouri’s defensive line. “Again, I don’t see a lot of games on the West Coast or the East Coast of rushing the passer. They have very talented players and some similarities to the past.
“They’ve got a guy playing for the 49ers now that we played years ago. And these guys get up the field and rush the passer. And they have big guys; they get pushed inside and have had success with it and are very good at it.
“So it will be a great challenge for our tackles and our offensive line in general to handle their pass rush.”
Missouri (11-2) has had a very productive season this term, but felt a little disappointed at missing out on playing in the BCS championship game.
The Tigers’ last outing was a 59-42 defeat to Auburn.
Elsewhere on Friday, the Ohio State (12-1) and Clemson Tigers (10-2) face-off at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida for the Cotton Bowl.
The Buckeyes, in the running all season to play in the BCS championship game, was unable to keep its undefeated campaign going when losing 34-24 to the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten title game, and that dream ended immediately.
“Obviously, we’re not going to where we thought we were going or where we wanted to be going, but we’re playing in the Orange Bowl and that’s a big-time bowl game,” said Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort.
“When you start going back to the coulda, woulda, shouldas, that’s poisonous for a team. It’s our job as leaders to look ahead and make sure everybody is doing their business.”
NCAA College Football Bowl Game TV Schedule – Jan. 3, 2014
AT&T Cotton Bowl – No. 13 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Missouri
Place: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Date and Time: Friday, January 3, 2014, 7:30 pm ET
Live TV Channel: FOX
Discover Orange Bowl – No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 7 Ohio State
Place: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
Date and Time: Friday, January 3, 2014, 8:30 pm ET
Live TV Channel: ESPN, WatchESPN.com