OSU Football Notebook

Senior safety Markelle Martin said he is fired up not only about the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl, but also with the chance to play a highly-ranked opponent on a huge stage. While OSU and Stanford are ranked Nos. 3 and 4 nationally in the polls, neither program is mentioned in a short list of the most prestigious college football programs nationally, or even in their respective conferences

That is something that is not lost on Martin. He said the Fiesta Bowl presents both schools with a chance to prove they belong among the big boys.

"Stanford is in the same situation we are," Martin said. "Where we have the University of Texas and Oklahoma above us, for those guys they have Oregon and USC. Because of that, historically nobody ever hears about them but they continue to do great things. Obviously they are great academically and they've had great football teams, too. I think it's just something for both programs were they are trying to prove that they belong at the top and we're trying to prove we belong at the top. Each team is bring something great to the table and we both want to accomplish our goals."

OSU Not Distracted By Title Game Snub

Some have said the Cowboys might not be up for this game because of the hangover of getting left out of the national title game. Jamie Blatnick said last Monday that couldn't be further from the truth and didn't feel uncomfortable speaking on behalf of the rest of his teammates on the topic.

"No. That's not the case at all," he said. "We're very excited to play in this game and I'd like to be in Arizona right now if I could ... We didn't really think about getting left out after it happened. We were disappointed for about half an hour and then we started thinking ahead to Stanford. There is no reason to be upset when we have such a great opportunity still in front of us."

Uncharted Waters

This season marked the first time in Oklahoma State football history that the team won 11 games in the regular season and it was also the first time in school history that the Pokes have won 11 games in back-to-back years, after earning their 11th victory in last year's Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

OSU's Fiesta Bowl opponent is also experiencing never-before-seen success of the same variety.

With its 11-1 record, Stanford also posted its first ever back-to-back 11-win campaigns and this year is just the fifth with 10 or more wins in Cardinal history. This is also just the fifth season with 10 or more victories for Oklahoma State.

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