Its rivalry week in college football and the Oklahoma Sooners are hosting the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the annual Bedlam battle for the first time since 2009. Due to conference realignment and unavoidable schedule shifts, the game has been played in Stillwater the last couple of years.
The Bedlam Series is one of the Sooners longest standing rivalry games; the first one was played in Guthrie, Oklahoma in 1904. This was back in the days when Oklahoma State was Oklahoma A&M. The Sooners own the series, 82-17-7.
The 2012 Bedlam game features a No. 22 Cowboys against the No. 14 Sooners and two teams that have had plenty of ups and downs so far. A possible Big 12 Championship is on the line for the Sooners if they win out the season but the Pokes are hoping to capitalize on what they saw in last week’s OU highlight reel. Which was virtually one guy shredding the Sooner defense to bits. You know Pokes RB Joseph Randle has to have all the confidence in the world going into Saturday and is looking to improve on his stats from last season against the Sooners. He had 151 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Cowboys have had a hard time when it comes to keeping QB’s healthy this season, but have hit the jackpot with Clint Chelf, who has been playing fantastic. The Cowboys offense has been clicking very well with Chelf at the helm. They have scored a combined 114 points over the last two weeks.
Sooners QB Landry Jones is coming off the game of his life, throwing six touchdowns and 554 yards. Regardless of the of the negative feedback Jones gets from some college football “experts”, he is playing pretty decent football, with 12 touchdowns in the last three games. This is Jones’ last shot at beating the Cowboys as a Sooner and is looking for some revenge from last season’s 44-10 beatdown. Besides last season’s loss, the Sooners haven’t lost to the Pokes since 2002, when Les Miles was the head coach.
Unless there are some adjustments made from the defensive game plan from last week, this is going to be another Big 12 offensive showdown. The Sooners have done a fantastic job covering the pass most of the season, but the rush defense has been suspect lately. If they don’t figure out a way to contain Randle, the middle of the field, or any WR filling in as a RB, it’s going to be a long afternoon in Norman. Mike Stoops and company took a gut-punch last week on the defense and hopefully that will be enough to motivate them into this weekend.
It’s a great slate of games on Saturday and it begins with the Sooners and the Cowboys at 2:30 CST.