It’s on of the most anticipated matchups outside of the New Year’s Six Bowls, 19th ranked Oklahoma State is set to take on number 22 Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl. Undisciplined mistakes and self-inflicted wounds marred the season, but the Cowboys have a chance to change that against a Virginia Tech team that beat West Virginia to open the season.
The Cowboys feature one of the most prolific offenses in the country with weapons like Mason Rudolph, James Washington and Justice Hill, and heading into the season the Cowboys were a favorite to win the Big 12 and a dark horse to make the College Football Playoff. However, disappointing efforts against TCU and Kansas State, along with a loss to Oklahoma in Bedlam, saw the Pokes finish third in the conference.
So the biggest question for OSU is whether or not they want to be there. That answer seems to be a resounding yes. Heading into the game, Oklahoma State has looked focused and intent on sending their seniors out with a win.
Virginia Tech has been in the ACC shadows for most of the season behind Clemson and Miami, but they’ve quietly put together a pretty nice season. They opened with a win over West Virginia, and went on to a 9-3 record with their only losses coming to the afforded ACC schools and an always difficult Georgia Tech.
The strength of the Hokies is their ground game and their defense. They rank 11th in total defense which will surely get tested against OSU. The Cowboys will be tested by a rush offense that features two primary backs in Travon McMillian and Deshawn McClease and a mobile quarterback in Josh Jackson. The Pokes have had trouble against mobile quarterbacks in the past. Can they make the adjustment against the Hokies? Watch as our own Taylor Midkiff broke down the game with Mark Rogers.