She Said, He Said: This Fiesta Bowl is big for Oklahoma State. Does Notre Dame make it the biggest bowl in Cowboy history?

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Dec 28, 2021; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Notre Dame football players go through drills during practice for the Fiesta Bowl, December 28, 2021, at Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Mark Henle-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 28, 2021; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Notre Dame football players go through drills during practice for the Fiesta Bowl, December 28, 2021, at Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Mark Henle-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame. Has a heck of a ring to it, doesn't it? That'll be the match up for the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, and in the history of OSU football, this stands as one of Cowboys' most notable bowl opponents.

But does Notre Dame stand at the top?

Is this OSU's biggest bowl ever?

Berry: I think I'll say yes. The only real competition was the 2011 Fiesta Bowl against Stanford. That was a matchup of teams ranked 3-4. This is a matchup of teams ranked 5-9. So that 10 years ago was for a bronze medal. But it was Stanford. Great team. Good program. But not a magic name. Notre Dame is a magical name and, by the way, not a bunch of chumps.

Jenni: Absolutely true. If we had an expanded playoff, both of these teams would likely be in the field. Heading into conference-championship weekend, Notre Dame had a great chance of being one of the four teams in the College Football Playoff. Just because Brian Kelly up and left the Irish doesn't diminish how good they are. This is a match-up of two truly outstanding teams. And because of the Notre Dame mystique, I give this Fiesta Bowl the nod over the 2011 version.

Berry: The 1944 and 1945 Cowboys played in major bowls, too, the Cotton and the Sugar. Texas Christian in the former, Saint Mary's in the latter. And those were big deals. TCU was not that far removed from its glorious 1930s of Davey O'Brien and Sammy Baugh. But still, TCU wasn't what we would call a traditional blueblood. And Saint Mary's was just a solid West Coast program. Nothing special. So I think it's Stanford Fiesta Bowl vs. Notre Dame Fiesta Bowl.

Jenni: That Stanford Fiesta ended up being a fantastic game with Brandon Weeden outdueling Andrew Luck. But in terms of prestige, you can't beat Notre Dame. OSU not only has few bowl opponents of Notre Dame's stature but also few non-conference opponents of that stature. Go back to the early 1970s, and you'll see OSU played Arkansas several times, including once when the Razorbacks were ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Hogs were splendid during that era. One of college football's gold standards. Few other non-conference opponents would stand higher in OSU lore than those Arkansas teams and this Notre Dame team.

Berry: That OSU-Arkansas series ran about 30 years consecutively, and only twice did the Razorbacks come to Stillwater. And when OSU has played at the likes of Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida and Michigan, there has been no return game. So rarely do the Cowboys get a name brand like Notre Dame anywhere except in a road game. So this is great opportunity for OSU. Which makes it the biggest bowl game in school history.

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