The Bedlam Series continues Saturday night in Stillwater, OK, when the number three ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys look to continue their outstanding season when they take on rival number 10 ranked Oklahoma. The Sooners have dominated the series, holding the overall series lead 82-16-7. The last time the Cowboys won was in 2002, when they upset number three ranked Oklahoma, 38-28. Oklahoma is out of the national championship picture, but a big time win for Oklahoma State could persuade the BCS computers and voters to put them in the BCS Championship Game. The Cowboys are favored by 3.5 on their home turf and this should be a shootout. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rank third and fourth, respectively, nationally in total yards. Here are three keys to the Big 12 “Championship:”
Weeden versus Jones
These two quarterbacks have been nothing but outstanding this season and this game could determine their Heisman Trophy fate. Brandon Weeden is putting up all star numbers on a national stage. He has thrown for 4,111 yards, 34 touchdowns, to 12 interceptions, while completing 73.0 percent of his passes. Weeden has only three games with two TD passes or less. Landry Jones has been outstanding, just not on the level of Weeden. Jones has 4,052 yards, 28 touchdowns, to 12 picks. He is also completing, a respectable, and 64.1 percent of his passes. But since his favorite target, and NCAA career receptions leader, Ryan Broyles went down against Texas A&M, he hasn’t been as nearly effective. Expect these two to duel it out Saturday for the Big 12 title and a BCS bowl bid.
One of the two defenses on the field needs to step up
Bob Stoops has always been known for his outstanding defenses. This year has been close to the opposite. The Sooners rank 52nd
nationally allowing 373 yards per game, 246 yards through the air. That is not the type of numbers you want when you have to face a two headed monster like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. But the Cowboys don’t fare any better, they are actually worse than their rivals. OSU ranks 107th
nationally in total defense allowed with 453.64 yards per game, 267 yards through the air. If these numbers prove to be what these defenses are actually capable of, look for the scoreboard to light up.
The KEY to the game: Joseph Randle
The Oklahoma State running back has always provided a workhorse mentality that kept drives going, when the Cowboys needed them to, and most importantly kept their defense off the field. The sophomore from Wichita, KS is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and has 21 touchdowns. In his last seven games, he has not had more than 18 carries, but has averaged 83 yards a game over those games. Randle is the key to keeping that high powered Sooner offense, which averages 43 points per game, off of the field. If he gets going, there is nothing Oklahoma is going to be able to do.