Mike Gundy and Mike Leach haven’t stood on opposite sidelines of a football field since 2009, but the two could be reunited for the first time in 8 years this winter.
USA TODAY’s latest bowl projections on Wednesday listed No. 15 Oklahoma State facing No. 11 Washington State in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas – a potential matchup that would feature two of the most prominent air-raid offenses in the nation.
If the projection holds, it would mark the second straight year that the Cowboys have played in the Alamo Bowl. Oklahoma State defeated Colorado 38-8 in the bowl game last season.
The coaching matchup, however, would be the fun part of a Cowboys-Cougars bowl game.
Leach, the longtime head coach at Texas Tech, faced Gundy annually from 2005-2009 before Leach was ousted from Lubbock following the 2009 season. Like Leach’s Red Raiders’ teams of the 2000s, Oklahoma State has thrived on the passing-attack on offense this season.
Factor in the old Big 12 coaching-rivalry and the similar offensive schemes, and fans could expect to see an absurd amount of points scored if the two teams take the same field.
Oklahoma State and Washington State have not faced each other since 2010 – two years prior to Leach’s arrival at Washington State. Gundy owns a 3-2 edge over Leach as a head coach.
In the end, it’s no secret that Cowboys fans are still holding onto hope for a College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six bid at the very least. But if Oklahoma State falls short, fans can agree that showdown between the Mullet and the Pirate would make for a pretty good consolation game.