The Heart of Dallas Bowl welcomed both the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Purdue Boilermakers to the city for their January 1st bowl game. The Cowboys, who haven’t been talked about much this bowl season, are looking to finish their 7-5 season with a bowl win over the 6-6 Boilermakers.
The Cowboys, who won the Big 12 in 2011, were looking to continue off that success this season. With ongoing quarterback injury issues, the Cowboys finished 5-4 in conference. But still, if you watched them play at all, they were a much underrated team. Purdue on the other hand ended up going 3-5 in the Big 10 and 0-3 versus ranked teams.
The Cowboys offense, much like it has been for the last several years is sitting at No. 5 in the country. And as always, they have a great ground game with running back Joseph Randle. Their air attack is good, but hasn’t been as potent this season as it has been in year’s past. Purdue’s offense sits at No. 59 and their lead rusher, Akeem Shavers doesn’t even have half the touchdowns are yardage that Randle has.
Both defenses on the other hand are 70th (Purdue) and 82nd (Oklahoma State). With the way the Pokes offense operates, it is going to be hard for the Boilermakers defense to keep up with the high-tempo.
Right now, the spread has the Cowboys by 17 and I wouldn’t be surprised if they won by more. But I also thought that Texas Tech‘s offense would roll Minnesota‘s defense and they kept up just fine. The Cowboys should handle their business on New Year’s Day.