If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve watched a few Bedlams, probably more than a few. If you’re like me, it’s the single most important sporting event of the year, every year. If you told me I would only be able to watch one thing on TV for the next 365 days, I wouldn’t hesitate before saying: Gimme Bedlam.
Bedlam, 2000. The first Bedlam I can remember: Derrick Strait knocking the end-zone pass away from Marcellus Rivers on the game’s final play to allow OU’s championship season to stay alive, with a 12-7 victory. I was ten. I ran out of the house in tears.
Bedlam, 2001. Rashaun Woods catching Josh Fields’s fade to upset the once-again title-contending Sooners, 16-13. I remember the joy so, so well.
Bedlam 2002. RASHAUN IS STILL OPEN.
It was a long few years after that–I remember watching the 2003 game, which OU won 52-9, listening to the OU student section chanting O-S! U-SUCK! That’s when I felt my first real bitterness towards the Sooners, I think. That moment right there. It’s a feeling I would carry with me the next eight long years in which the Pokes failed to beat the Sooners. The 2010 game was so devastating I had to go see a David Bazan show right afterward just to salve the pain. Bedlam 2013 was the most personally painful of all: Blake Bell still lurks in my dreams. Still marks the coldest football game I’ve ever attended. 2014 was, of course, beautiful; last year’s bludgeoning by the Sooners hurt to watch.
Here’s how I’ve done picking the Bedlam brothers this year:
My record picking OU this year: 7-4. Misses: Houston, Ohio State, Kansas State, TCU.
My record picking OSU this year: 9-2*. Misses: Central Michigan, Baylor.
*10-1 if you give OSU the CMU game.
My record picking the Bedlam game the last two years: 2-0.
Bold prediction: You know Mike Yurcich and Mike Gundy have a whole chapter of their offensive playbook devoted to this game. We’re going to see something we haven’t seen all season, a whole new wrinkle that will result in at least one unexpected score.
Key to the game: OSU has to get at least four three-and-outs–at any point in the contest–and win the turnover battle. Do that, and the Pokes win, #MULLETFOREVER.
At the start of this season I predicted the Pokes would go 11-1. If the CMU game had been called properly, I’d be right on track for that. I’m sticking with it.
No. 10 Oklahoma State 38, No. 9 Oklahoma 34.