Whether you are cheering for crimson and cream or orange and black, the 2011 University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University Bedlam Football Game will be played on Saturday, December 3rd in Stillwater. Game time is 7:00 p.m., and it will be televised on either ABC or ESPN.
The Oklahoma Bedlam Football Game is 106 years old. Although historically the Sooners have had the greater success, recent years have been marked by tough competition.
Who will win? Here are both sides of the story.
Why OU will win.
The magic number is 8. The Sooners winning streak against the Cowboys is 8 years in a row.
With third year starter, Landry Jones, at the helm, the Sooners play at a high octane pace which if firing on all cylinders is nearly unstoppable. Just ask the Cowboys from last year where after a three interception first half, Jones calmly led his team through the fourth quarter with touchdown strikes of 87- and 76- yard touchdown bombs to seal the 47-41 victory in Stillwater.
Though the offense lost key playmakers, Ryan Broyles, NCAA’s all time receptions leader, and Dominique Whaley, the teams leading rusher, others such as Roy Finch, Brandon Williams, Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds have stepped up to the fill the holes.
The Sooners appear to have solved their red zone issues with the emergence of redshirt freshman, Blake Bell, in the “Belldozer” package, which produced 9 touchdowns since its inception 4 games ago. OSU’s run defense is ranked 93rd in the nation and hammered by Kansas State’s running quarterback Colin Klein who rumbled for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 carries.
If OU can take the pressure off Jones with the running game and convert key third downs and red zone opportunities they should win their 9th straight in the Bedlam Series.
Why OSU will win.
If Oklahoma State University is ever going to shake the “little brother” mantra off its back against the University of Oklahoma, then this is their best chance.