December 28, 2006

Fighting for Independence

SHREVEPORT, La. - After what seems like an eternity of waiting, it's finally time for some postseason football for Oklahoma State.

After a season of ups, downs and close calls, the 6-6 Cowboys will have a chance to finish the season above .500 when it takes on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2006 Independence Bowl. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. central time kickoff and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The game is a definite match of opposites. On one hand, you've got tradition-rich Alabama. Twelve national titles, 21 conference championships, 54 bowl appearances and 780 all-time wins. On the other side is OSU. Zero national titles, two conference championships, 17 bowl appearances and 481 all-time wins.

Just based off of those numbers, these two teams don't belong on the same field. But the past is just that and both teams roll into this game with identical .500 marks. The Crimson Tide comes to northwestern Louisiana reeling in the sense that they're still coach-less after the firing of Mike Shula. Current defensive coordinator and one-time prospect for the OSU head spot, Joe Kines, will coach the Tide in the game against the Cowboys.

Part of the reason for the change in leadership at the top was the fact that Bama lost six of its final nine games. In that stretch, there were close losses the Tide experienced along the way. While you know about OSU's close calls, Bama had three of their own in losses to Arkansas, Tennessee and Auburn.

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