There will be no BCS bowl this year for Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners. There will be no conference title either, but with embarrassing losses to Texas and Baylor, the Sooners can finish the regular season strong with a win over in-state rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. in the annual Bedlam game on Dec. 7.
Oklahoma started the season 5-0 before falling 36-20 in the Red River Rivalry to Texas. After getting back on track, the Sooners won two straight before being blown out in Waco, 41-12 to Baylor on Nov. 7.
The Sooners enter this game on another two-game win streak and 9-2 overall, 6-2 in the Big 12.
OU had a slim chance of earning at least a share of the conference title, but Baylor defeated TCU last week to end its hopes.
If OSU wins, they go to a BCS bowl. If OU upsets OSU, the winner of the Baylor-Texas game will go to a BCS bowl. That will likely be the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona.
The Sooners have dominated the 107-year history of this Bedlam series with a record of 83-17-7, and have won nine of the previous 10 matchups.
Oklahoma defeated OSU in Norman last year 51-48 in overtime, but had its four-game winning streak in Stillwater snapped during the 2011 season when the Cowboys won 44-10.
OU is coming off a 41-31 victory to Kansas State on Nov. 23, which gave Stoops a school-record 158th win, passing the great Barry Switzer.
Junior quarterback Blake Bell was ruled out with a concussion, so freshman quarterback Trevor Knight, who started the season at the helm, stepped in and played well for the second straight game, but it was all Brennan Clay that proved to be the difference.
The senior running back finished with a career-high 200 yards rushing on 31 carries and two touchdowns.
After Knight’s 8-yard touchdown in the second, the Sooners were up 14-0 before the Wildcats came back to tie it. OU never found itself down at any point, going up as much as 17 after a 74-yard interception return by freshman cornerback Zach Sanchez early in the fourth quarter.
OU outgained the Wildcats 472-372, nearly 300 more on the ground.
Knight threw for a season-high 171 yards, added 83 yards rushing and scored two total touchdowns. In the past two games, Knight has completed 22-of-34 passes for 232 yards while rushing 24 times for 205 yards and three total touchdowns.
The Cowboys have won seven straight after losing to West Virginia on Sept. 28.
OSU handed then No. 4 Baylor its first loss, a 49-17 beatdown in Stillwater on Nov. 23.
It’s unsure who will start at Bedlam, but Stoops has to go with the hot hand as of now, and that’s Knight. Even though he still hasn’t proved much in the passing department, he’s a better runner than Bell at this point of the season.
The No. 17 Sooners rank 15th in the nation with 242 yards rushing per game and their 21 points allowed per game ranks 21st.
The No. 6 Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) rank in the top-12 in points for (41, 11th) and points against (19, 12th).
Both OU and OSU are tops in the Big 12 in points allowed and have given up nearly identical rushing numbers in 1,430 for the Cowboys and 1,460 for the Sooners. OSU has picked off its opposition 19 times compared to OU’s 13.
The game will be televised on ABC at noon ET.
This much is for sure……it will be absolute BEDLAM!