Nov 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops argues with line judge Walt Coleman (L) and referee Mike Defee during the third quarter against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor beat Oklahoma 41-12. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Saturday Showdown Smack On Eve Of Crowning Celebration

As if any additional motivation is needed for the Big 12’s version of Championship Saturday, the coaches and players are warming things up with rally rants on the eve of what is expected to be wintry, wild and maybe a bit wet on both sides of the Red River.

No. 17 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla

No. 25 Texas vs. No. 9 Baylor in Waco, Texas

Here’s what we’re hearing:

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma head coach:

The Oklahoma head coach has said before that he doesn’t place the same stock in rivalry games that the fan’s seem to. His focus is on beating every team the Sooners play, every time out, regardless of where the game is played. The Sooner coach was asked this week if being a double-digit underdog to their in-state rival was good motivation for his team. His response: “That may be the lowest form of motivation that a competitor may have. No, that has nothing do do with how we approach the game, whatsoever. All I look at is our season and our team and what improves us, end of story. I have no thought on the other team, whether it’s Oklahoma State or anyone else.”

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State head coach:

Oklahoma Staqte has come a long way in football. Our goal nine and a half years ago was, year-in, year-out, on a daily basis, when we went to play a football game, to win. And not go to a stadium and the fans feel like we don’t have a chance to win. I think we’re at that point. The program is at a different level nationally.”

Gabe Ikard, All-American Oklahoma center:

“Personally, I prefer them (Oklahoma State, whom the Sooners play on Saturday) to be good and us to be good. That’s what rivalries are all about. You look historically throughout the rivalry, obviosuly with how lopsided it is (OU leads the all-time series 83-17-7), people still have the thought that OU should roll over Oklahoma State every time they play them (in football). That just not how it is these days.”

Aaron Colvin, All-Big 12 Oklahoma defensive back:

“We’re in their way. I know that we have their respect. They have our respect. I mean, it’s gonna be a battle. You;re gonna see a lot of emotions out there. I mean, it’s a rivalry week. As we’ve seen this past week, anything can happen to any team. I know it’s gonna be a fun game playing.”

Kyle Staley, Oklahoma State senior  fullback:

“It’s the last game, against OU. It’s the last time to play in Boone Pickens Stadium for the rest of my life. I want to go out with the W. It’s for a lit of big things. It’s for a Big 12 championship and a berth in a BCS bowl. We’re just going out with a lot of intensity, a lot of focus.”

Art Briles, Baylor head coach:

“We’ve got to win Saturday (against Texas), and we’ll see where the dust settles from there. Our focus from day one was to win every gsme we play this year, and we haven’t done it but we’ve been pretty close and we get another opportunity Saturday.”

Levi Norwood, Baylor wide receiver:

“For me, I feel like it has been a reality all year (the chance to win a Big 12 championship). We knew what our team was, who we had and what we’d be able to do all year. It’s cool that it’s right here, and that we’ve come this far. We definitely don’t want to stop right now. We definitely want to get this one and make it a true statement.”

Mack Brown, Texas head coach:

“There’s a conference championship, maybe co-, but a conference championshiip on the line (Saturday vs. Baylor). There’s a BCS game possibly on the line. Our guys have played in the BCS before. Some of these guys were around when we played Alabama for the national championship, and you can’t go in uptight (against Baylor) and you can’t go in worried about it. Just be who you are and that’s why we’re not talking about the game in Stillwater because that’s something we still can’t control. Regardless of what happens in Stillwater (in OU vs. OSU game), if we don’t win it’s not good. So we need to take advantage of our opportunity to beat Baylor and then the rest of the stuff works out.”

Case McCoy, Texas quarterback (brother of former Longhorn QB Colt McCoy):

“As far as I’m concerned, all the marbles are on the table (on Saturday in Texas’ regular-season finale at Baylor). This game will determine if this season is a success.”






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