2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview

Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl will feature the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Purdue Boilermakers - two teams attempting to salvage their seasons. It's not the Fiesta but it'll do.

When: January 1, 2013 11:00 CST

Where: Dallas, TX - Cotton Bowl Stadium

TV: ESPNU

History

The two teams met back in the 1997 Alamo Bowl. That was a different time. Drew Brees was a backup QB and Nathan Simmons up the middle was our primary play. Purdue won that game 33-20.

Offensively Speaking

Oklahoma State OC Todd Monken is gone to Hattiesburg and that leaves the play calling duties to Mike Gundy and Co. No worries there, he's done a fine job in the past. Honestly, I hope they cut to him sitting down on the sidelines with a clipboard again circa Missouri 2009.

Purdue coach Fired

Unlike Oklahoma State's Monken, Purdue coach Danny Hope didn't get to choose where he was going. Even though he led his team to bowl eligibility, he was fired. The Boilermakers will be coached by Darrell Hazel. Will this have an impact on the game? Probably not, but it's worth keeping an eye on.

Key Stats

Purdue ranked ninth in the Big Ten in defending the pass (227.5) and rush (179.3), 10th in scoring (29.0), and 11th in total yards allowed (406.8).

Oklahoma State’s defense finished the Big 12 campaign ranked third against the run (140.6), tied for fifth in points allowed (29.4), sixth in total yards given up (426.2), and seventh in defending the pass (285.7).

So defensively, Oklahoma State is somewhere in the middle of the Big 12 and Purdue is dead last in the B1G. I'm not sure how many B1G games you've see this year but that is horrendous and a huge advantage for the Cowboys who HAPPEN TO BE THE BIG 12'S TOP SCORING OFFENSE.

Alumni Event/Things to Do

The "official" party HQ for Oklahoma State fans and alumni is at 6th Street Uptown located at 3005 Routh Street.

The OSU Road Rally will be held on Jan 1 at 9:20am at the Cotton Bowl.

The fine folks at Heart of Dallas have put together a "Visiting Dallas" Guide and it lists almost everything you can possibly do in Dallas.

I recommend a meal at Campisi's and then go try your luck at Baby Dolls. King will be there to greet you.

Be sure to follow @CowboysRFF on Twitter for news, info, titays and possibly some free tickets.

See you in Dallas. Go Pokes!

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