The coveted Bedlam game is descending upon us, and with it we will see the tenth matchup between Bob Stoops in the crimson and Mike Gundy in the orange.
Despite Gundy’s success in Stillwater, that has not translated to wins against his biggest rival. In Gundy’s tenure at Oklahoma State, he has just one win against OU, a 44-10 blowout in Stillwater back in 2011. Bob Stoops seems to have Gundy figured out on the field, and it should continue this Saturday in Norman.
Even with OU’s injuries and passing struggles as of late, the Sooners should have little trouble defeating little brother for the eleventh time in their last 12 seasons. Gundy’s Cowboys have underwhelmed this season. They have a lackluster 5-6 record with five straight losses, and no notable wins. They definitely aren’t good, but then again,they aren’t bad either. Furthermore, their weaknesses pair well with the Sooners’ weaknesses; Oklahoma State currently owns the worst passing defense in the Big 12, giving up a remarkable 282.8 yards per game in the air and 7.9 yards per pass. This should help the Sooners tremendously.
For the Sooners, redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Thomas will get his third straight start ahead of injured sophomore Trevor Knight. It’s no secret that Knight hasn’t been the answer for the Sooners, throwing just 14 touchdowns and racking up 9 interceptions on the season. But, fans are realizing how much they miss him during Cody Thomas’ mediocre trial as the leader of the offense. Thomas has only 183 yards passing this season, with one touchdown and four interceptions. Even with all of the negativity surrounding the Oklahoma Sooners’ quarterback woes, if Thomas were going to have a breakout game, it would be against Oklahoma State.
At this point in the season, neither team has much to play for in the standings. But, Oklahoma State can become bowl eligible with a win, extending their season for another couple of weeks, while Oklahoma can improve their bowl positioning. If Oklahoma State loses, it would be their first season without a bowl game since Mike Gundy’s inaugural campaign in 2005. On top of that, with openings at Nebraska, Florida and Michigan, combined with the tense relationship with booster T. Boone Pickens, could it be Gundy’s last game in orange and black? If so, what better note could there be to leave on than winning Bedlam?
But, to do so, Gundy will have to find a way to slow down the owner of the single-game rushing record to do that. True freshman running back Samaje Perine will take the field for the first time since breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon’s previous, week-old rushing record. Now, chances are Perine won’t rush for 427 yards again like he did against poor Kansas. But, he’ll be expected to have another big game. In Oklahoma State’s previous five games they have given up an average of 209.4 yards rushing per game, including 317 yards to Baylor. The Sooners average 265.4 rush yards per game this season, the ninth best average in the nation. Every way you look at it, Sooner domination is written all over this game (the icing on the cake: the game is in Norman).
Mike Gundy will have a rough time stopping the Sooners in what could potentially be his last game at Oklahoma State. The Pokes have too many holes in their system, and the Bedlam Bell will remain in the hands of the crimson in cream yet again.