Oklahoma State Vs. Stanford, 2012 Fiesta Bowl: Coach Mike Gundy Disappointed By Cowboys Championship Game Snub

One could make the argument that the 2012 Fiesta Bowl is the best bowl game of the postseason. While Alabama-LSU is technically for all the marbles, a matchup between the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys and No. 4 Stanford Cardinal promises a little more offensive excitement than what is shaping up to be a slug-it-out defensive national championship game. Still, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gunday was plenty unhappy that his Cowboys didn't make the trip to New Orleans.

"If we'd have taken care of business at Iowa State, we wouldn't be having this discussion," Gundy said. "I think it really comes down to what I said last night, and I really meant it was: `They had their shot. We want our shot,' and it didn't work out that way. That kind of disappoints me a little bit that enough people that have some say-so in it across the country wouldn't say, `We already saw them play once, at home."    

Stanford, meanwhile, would like to assure you that they're perfectly happy where they are, starting with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

"I'll approach it like a championship game - two great teams going at it," [Luck] said. "Hopefully, it will be a great game to cap off a good ride for all the seniors."

We'll see whether the Cowboys' disgruntled attitude carries over into the bowl game. In the meantime, start drooling at the prospect of an epic quarterback duel between Luck and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden.

For more on Luck and the Cardinal, head over to the SB Nation blog Rule Of Tree. For more on Weeden and the Cowboys, check out Cowboys Ride For Free. Head over to the official site of the Fiesta Bowl for more on this year's game.

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