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Certainly, the folks at Big 12 champion Oklahoma State felt they deserved a chance to play for the title rather than having to watch an SEC rematch on TV.

“People see the SEC different than they do any other conference,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. “It’s deservingly so, because they have won in the big game. But, in my opinion, from top to bottom the Big 12 was the strongest league in the country this year.”

Gundy, it seems, is in the minority.

“You could say we’re getting tired of hearing about the SEC, but we all know it’s the best,” Molk said. “They have all the talent. They should win it every year.”

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AP Sports Writers Steven Wine in Miami and Jeff Latzke in Stillwater, Okla., contributed to this report.

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