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Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games.
Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games.
Under is 6-0 in Bulldogs' last six non-conference games.
Under is 6-1 in Wildcats' last seven non-conference games.
ABOUT PURDUE (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten, 6-6 ATS): Hope compiled a 22-27 record over four seasons but the Boilermakers struggled against quality competition this season and won only three games in the Big Ten - against teams with a combined conference record of 4-20. Fortunately those three games came in the last three weeks of the season, allowing Marve and the offense to build a little momentum heading into bowl season. The defense was better than only Indiana in the Big Ten but Marve, who missed three games and was limited to a total of 17 passes in two others, won his job back in the final month and went for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the final win.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (7-5, 5-4 Big 12, 6-5 ATS): The Cowboys were rebuilding after waving goodbye to first-round NFL draft picks Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, but Gundy and company were able to keep the offense rolling right along. Junior quarterback Clint Chelf wrestled away the starting job over the last month but could not keep up with the deficiencies on defense in losses at Oklahoma 51-48 and Baylor 41-34 to close the season. While the quarterback position has been the subject of some debate, Randle’s place in secure. The junior rushed for four scores in the loss to Oklahoma and finished the regular season with 1,351 yards and 14 touchdowns.
How Purdue got here: Primarily, the Boilermakers got here by beating bad teams. The best record of any of Purdue's pelts belongs to Eastern Kentucky (8-3). After that, it's Marshall at 5-7. The Boilers couldn't even find a way to beat the one marginal bowl team on the slate, as Minnesota beat them by 16. They did push this year's two undefeated teams, as they lost to Notre Dame by three and to Ohio State by seven in overtime, but they weren't competitive in their other four losses. Head coach Danny Hope got fired despite back-to-back bowl seasons, which provides evidence that some ADs actually are able to tell when a bowl bid is completely fraudulent.
How Oklahoma State got here: The Cowboys experienced a bit of a rebuilding year after 2011's breakthrough triumph. Running back Joseph Randle anchored the offense with 1,351 yards on the ground as injuries made the quarterback position a revolving door. Three players -- Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh, and Clint Chelf -- attempted at least 128 passes on the season, and all three had over 1,000 yards through the air. Schedule-wise, OSU had no awful losses but also no terrific wins. The team got better as the year went along, so it probably should take care of business here.
Reason to watch: It's the perfect appetizer to a six-bowl slate on New Year's Day. And though a matchup between Oklahoma State and Purdue might not sound that appealing, it's still a game that promises plenty of offense, which could make for some very entertaining non-BCS action. The Joseph Randle-led Cowboys' attack ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (44.6 points per game), fifth in total yards (548.9 per game) and eclipsed the 50-point plateau on five different occasions. The Boilermakers don't have the same caliber of high-octane offense, but they did average 42.6 points in their six wins in 2012. The scoreboard should also receive help from a pair of lackluster defenses. Purdue and Oklahoma State allowed more than 29 points and 400 yards per game, and the Pokes' defense has been heinous of late: It gave up more than 600 yards in each of its final two losses to Baylor and Oklahoma.
Key points: Purdue fired its football coach, Danny Hope, and will be led by wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins. Oklahoma State lost its offensive coordinator, Todd Monken, who took over at Southern Miss. Those are two of the bigger storylines going into the game. The Boilermakers had a five-game losing streak before winning their final three games to become bowl eligible. Akeem Shavers led the running game with 778 yards and six TDs; quarterback Robert Marve has played well down the stretch. Oklahoma State has one of the best offenses in the country regardless of who the quarterback is -- J.W. Walsh, Clint Chelf or Wes Lunt. The one constant has been running back Joseph Randle, who rushed for 1,351 yards and 14 TDs.
Did you know: Oklahoma State became the first team in Big 12 history -- and the first in the NCAA since 1996 -- to have three 1,000-yard passers in the same season. Due to injuries, J.W. Walsh (1,478 passing yards), Clint Chelf (1,391) and Wes Lunt (1,096) each saw significant time under center in 2012. Chelf will start his fifth consecutive game in Dallas on Tuesday.