Happy game day, Sooner Nation! It’s Bedlam time in Oklahoma as the Sooners host the Pokes on a cold afternoon in Norman. While this may not be the most hyped this matchup has been in recent years, with Oklahoma State coming in unranked for the first time in three seasons, the unpredictable is always capable of happening in this rivalry.
And if the heavy underdog version of Mike Gundy decides to show up like he did in the Texas game, OU will be back in a shootout against Little Brother yet again. In fact, I fully expect this to happen for about three quarters.
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TV: ABC 2:30 C.T.
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TV Commentary: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
After that, though, Oklahoma quits messing around and pulls away late to wrap things up. The defense, though still marginally improving with each game, was put in a tough spot last week and gave up a big 46 on the road. But let’s be honest, OU essentially spotted the Red Raiders two touchdowns after the two early picks, after which the defense somewhat settled down against an elite, albeit sometimes inconsistent, Texas Tech offense to only surrender 32 points the rest of the game.
Kyler Murray will not be throwing two interceptions at home. Although Gundy’s Cowboys do dial up the pressure, the fleet-of-foot Murray is the least likely quarterback in the country to be corralled in a QB-contain package any team outside of possibly Alabama could bring.
On the other side, OU must get pressure on Taylor “Corn Dog” Cornelius and not allow him to scramble for first downs and touchdowns like our big-headed burnt orange rivals down south did in Stillwater. Justice Hill and backfield counterpart Chuba Hubbard will likely get their yards, but the Sooners have actually done quite well against the best backs they’ve faced this season.
But after Hill’s trash-tagging Instagram post (hit the ‘tag’ icon for the full effect), the Sooner defense may, or at least should, find some extra incentive in snuffing out the rushing attack — specifically the Booker T. Washington product Hill — and cancel out any run game the Pokes try to establish this afternoon. I repeat, the defense should do this. Will they, though? Will they?
Hill is entitled to this fun banter. It’s what gives Bedlam week its’ flair. But any pride the Sooner defense has must also be on display today after a running back on a 5-4 conference rival challenges you personally on social media.
I know one thing — Curtis Bolton will be ready. That dude seems to always be ready and all over the field. I expect he and fellow linebacker Kenneth Murray will have their sights on Hill most of the afternoon. Will they be able to stop or slow him down remains to be seen, but I do see this defense making a few plays at home to seal up the win today.
No one on the other side this afternoon, however, will be able to stop or slow down Kyler Murray, the multi-headed Oklahoma rushing attack and the plethora of big-play weapons on the perimeter. Sooners pull away in the fourth to win their fourth-straight Bedlam.
Score Prediction: Sooners 55, Aggies 38
I leave you with one more read — the most epic Bedlam fact thread of all time. Boomer Sooner, friends and fam!
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