Bedlam is defined as a scene of uproar and confusion. That is precisely what is going to occur in Stillwater this Saturday when the Oklahoma “Sooners” travel upstate to face off against the Oklahoma State “Cowboys.” Oklahoma is entering this week with a 10-1 record, and the playoff hopes alive. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are entering with an 8-3 record and looking to play the spoiler.
The history of this rivalry has been pretty one-sided with the all-time series record of 88-18-7 favoring the Sooners. However, with any rivalry games, records can usually be thrown out, and the two teams will play close. Evidence of this was last season’s game where the Sooners were 22 point favorites but only escaped the game with a 48-47 victory after Oklahoma State failed on a last-second two-point conversion.
In the state of Oklahoma, everyone can be split into two groups, Sooner fans or Cowboy fans. Households are divided, friendships are divided, and even marriages are divided by these two schools. This Saturday, the state will have just celebrated Thanksgiving, but now, we have Bedlam. Throw the records out, its anyone’s game.
- When: Sat, Nov 31, 7:00 PM CT
- Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
- Forecast: 61 Degrees, partly cloudy
- TV: FOX
- Stream: Fox Sports GO
- Betting Line: OU -13.5 O/U 69.5
Last Saturday, the Cowboys escaped Morgantown with a 20-13 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Redshirt senior Dru Brown received his first start in over two seasons and played just well enough to guide the Cowboy offense. Junior running back, Chuba Hubbard was limited to his lowest rushing total in conference play with only 106 yards. But he also led the team in receiving with 88 yards.
The Cowboy defense continued their hot play to end the conference schedule by limiting the Mountaineers to only 13 points. Although there were not any forced turnovers, the Cowboy defense did have seven pass deflections, ten tackles for loss, and three sacks. Although turnovers were not in the cards, the defense still applied pressure when needed and helped keep the Cowboys in the game. This defensive effort was led by junior linebacker, Amen Ogbongbemiga, who led the team with 11 total tackles, six solo, and five assisted. The orange and black faithful are going to praying for another stellar performance by Amen.
Cowboy Keys to the Game
Force turnovers — Quarterback Jalen Hurts has been bitten by the turnover bug the last few games. For the Cowboys to stay competitive in this game, and have a chance to win, turnovers will need to be forced. Any stolen possessions will be required for Dru Brown and the offense to score and keep the Sooners at bay.
Score quickly and efficiently — Simply put, the offense will need to score when it has chances. The Cowboys have been known this season to have some lulls during games. For Bedlam, those lulls will need to be avoided. Get players involved not named Chuba Hubbard and Dillon Stoner. Look to get cowboy back Jelani Woods, or wide receiver Jordan McCray involved, spread the Sooner defense out and be efficient on offense. Let no possession go to waste.
Control the clock — The Cowboys need to steal a game plan from the Sooners. A few weeks ago, the Sooners were losing by 25 points at one point in the first half. However, once the second half started, the Sooners never gave the ball up to Baylor, and Oklahoma ended up winning. The Cowboys need to do the same thing, keep the ball away from Jalen Hurts, and the Sooner offense. Control the game and control the momentum, force turnovers on defense, and keep the defense on the field.
It is Bedlam; any prediction made will feel like a fool’s errand once game time hits. However, look for the Cowboys to come out swinging. The scary part about this Cowboy team is there is nothing to lose from this game. With this in mind, the offense will take big-play chances, and the defense will look to force turnovers.
The Cowboys are going to come out swinging in this game, and look to make some big plays early. Both teams are going to score some points, and basically, it will come down to who can get the most possessions and scores last. The Cowboys have been forcing an abundance of turnovers this season, and that will not stop this game. The Cowboys rely on their defense and a surprising player on offense in Jelani Woods but escape Norman with a Bedlam upset.