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Mike Gundy on Primetime Kick For Bedlam: ‘I Think They’re Trying to Make Paul Finebaum Look Stupid’

NCAA Football: Texas at Oklahoma State

Each and every year, the Bedlam game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State turns out to be one of the best and highest-rated games in the Big 12.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have more games than anyone else in the conference by a wide margin over the last 10 years, with the Sooners at 112 wins and Oklahoma State at 97, both top 10 nationally.

However, ESPN radio pundit Paul Finebaum seemed to think that nobody cared about this game when it was announced that the rivalry will come to an end when Oklahoma leaves the Big 12 in 2025.


“Nobody cares,” Finebaum said on Get Up! in September. “We’re talking about Stillwater, Oklahoma. Mike Gundy hasn’t said anything significant since ‘I’m 40, I’m a man.’

“What he (Gundy) said yesterday is nonsensical. Oklahoma’s moving on. They’re going to be playing Alabama. They’ll still be playing Texas. They’ll be playing A&M and Georgia.

“This (Bedlam) is a nice, little game in a small state, but to the rest of the country … is giving it a big yawn this morning.”


Well, PAWL, it appears that at least some people care about the game, because Oklahoma (5-5) and Oklahoma State (7-3) just landed the primetime game for ABC, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

Oklahoma is coming off of two-straight losses, while Oklahoma State got back on the winning side of things against Iowa State, but the Sooners are currently 7.5-point favorites. Neither team is playing great football right now, but that game in Norman on Saturday will be entertaining nonetheless, because that’s just how this game is every year.

Perhaps Finebaum should check in for a Bedlam game before he writes it off as a yawner, because it’s one of the best games in the country, year in and year out.

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