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Five Things to Know as OSU Readies to Face Wisconsin in Guaranteed Rate Bowl

Here’s everything you need to know for the festivities on Tuesday.



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Did you know OSU plays Wisconsin in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday night in Arizona?

Did you know this game will be played with a 9:15 p.m. (!!) central time kickoff?

Did you know this is the same bowl game OSU defeated Washington in, in 2015?

OK, OK, so you most likely knew most if not all of those things. Fair enough! So I come bearing some other news nuggets and goodies that you hopefully weren’t already aware of. A little preview-y style five things to know about the game that you probably didn’t know before . . . well, now.

Let’s do it.

1. Tuesday will mark the first time OSU has played in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl but the third time it has played in this game (it was named something else when OSU played in it in 2007 and then renamed when OSU played in it in 2015.) OSU won its two previous appearances, defeating Indiana 49-33 in 2007 and Washington 30-22 in 2015.

2. Yes, the Washington game in 2015 was that game. The James Castleman check engine light game. You are remembering it right. Goodness this was glorious.

3. Mildly surprising: Wisconsin and OSU have never met on the gridiron. The game Tuesday in fact will mark OSU’s first bout against a Big Ten foe since it defeated Purdue 58-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl to end the 2012 season. Mike Gundy is 4-1 all-time against current Big Ten teams.

4. OSU’s appearance in a bowl this week marks its 17th consecutive season in which it has gone bowling, a streak that ranks top-five nationally. Per OSU Athletics, only Georgia, OU, Wisconsin (!), Alabama and Clemson have longer active streaks.

OSU has also been nails in bowl games, too, not just qualifying for them. Again from OSU, here is data backing up just how good the Cowboys have been. (Qualifier here being a minimum of 30 bowl appearances.)

5. A win for OSU on Tuesday would give Mike Gundy his 12th bowl victory, tying for the sixth-most in college football history. It would also mark the 13th time in his 18 seasons the Cowboys finish with at least eight wins.

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