Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is heading into the Arizona game as the favorite, but is certainly not overlooking the Wildcats.
"We are excited about playing Arizona, this will be a great matchup," Gundy said. "When you look at the bowl matchups I don't know that there is a better matchup for an exciting bowl game. Arizona has established themselves as a football team that can compete with the best on any give Saturday.
"I think Coach Stoops would agree that if you don't turn the ball over and you are in the right spot on defense you have the chance to beat anybody you play and that's what you have in an Arizona team."
Like Stoops, Gundy is looking forward to a game in which there will be two potent offenses.
"Both teams have very good quarterbacks, both make plays, and one thing you don't want to overlook is that both teams have played good defense at times this year," he said. "As a football coach you look back over your season, and at Oklahoma State this has been a very good year for us.
"There have been times our defense played well, and our offense has kept its head above water most of the year, and we have been fortunate to be good in the kicking game. This is a good matchup because both teams will have a chance to move the football. Both defenses will be excited to stop the ball because all the talk is going to be about the offense. We are certainly aware of the challenge at hand."
While Arizona struggled at the end of the season, Gundy believes the UA still has tons of potential.
"I know for us anytime you play an opponent with a quarterback like Nick Foles you have to take note, and they have a great receiver in Criner," Gundy said. "I also like their two backs, I have gotten the chance to see Arizona play at night, and their two ends do a great job of getting to the quarterback and moving him around.
"One of their defensive backs, number five, he's a young guy and a real good player. Our team certainly understands who we are playing and the potential that they have, so it will make for a very good bowl game."
Gundy respects Arizona
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