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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Fun Bedlam facts, Alex Grinch a Broyles semifinalist, and more!

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Blinkin Riley took to Twitter to add some perspective to the Bedlam football rivalry.

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Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

The OU fan presence on Twitter ranks up there with the deepest and strongest of all D-1 college football programs. If you’re part of this ever-growing community, you’re likely well aware of Blinkin Riley’s work. For those less familiar, his account has earned a reputation of completely and utterly destroying fans of opposing teams with outrageous (but true) stats.

With Bedlam coming up this weekend, Blinkin has shared 88 facts (which also coincides with the number of wins OU has in the series) related to the Cowboys and their unfortunate history against the Sooners. Enjoy.

I’ll highlight some of my favorites right here:

Bedlam hasn’t been a fun topic for Oklahoma State fans, but it was especially sore when Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops were in charge of the Sooners seeing how their national championships outnumbered OSU’s combined wins in those eras.

Blinkin didn’t have to do it, but he also hit ‘em with that pageant bomb. I just wonder how many of those Miss Oklahoma turned Miss America winners were fans of the Sooners and how many were for the Cowboys.

Given what Mike Gundy has built in Stillwater, this stat kind of shocks me. He’s only won Bedlam twice in his 14 years as the Cowboys’ head coach. Even knowing the stat off the top of my head, it still boggles my mind because he’s actually done fairly well against every other Big 12 program.

For all you history nuts out there, this ought to give you an extra chuckle or two. The Great Depression ended 80 years ago, but the Cowboys have needed all this time to catch up to the Sooners’ Bedlam win total from way back then. That’s not only absurd, it shouldn’t even make sense. Alas, here we are.

I hope you take some time to look over Blinkin Riley’s entire Bedlam thread. It’s full of gems and pure gold as you’ve seen here already. I also hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your families tomorrow or whenever you plan on getting together. Sometimes we just need a reason to reunite with the most important people in our lives, and nothing brings us together better than food and football. Have a special one, and save me a slice of that pecan pie, please.

Now onto today’s Hot Links! The OU defense gains another verbal commit for the 2020 recruiting class, Kirk Herbstreit still thinks one more CFP domino needs to fall ahead of Oklahoma for a clear path to the playoff, SFA stuns Duke and more!

OU Links

  • On Tuesday, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Broyles Award — an honor for the nation’s top assistant coach. His turnaround for the Sooners’ defense has been remarkable in his first year, exceeding preseason expectations and strengthening as of late.
  • The updated College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday night, and Kirk Herbstreit feels like the committee’s view of the Big 12 has improved, but he also thinks Utah has the upper hand against Oklahoma for a spot in the semifinals if both win out. Considering what Oklahoma has left on it’s plate, I’m going to have to disagree.
  • The Dallas Morning News’ Spenser Davis has shared five things Sooner fans should know as Oklahoma prepares to take on the in-state OSU Cowboys.
  • Sooners Wire’s Derek Parker broke down some key statistics for Oklahoma State going into Bedlam this week that OU should be aware of.
  • In case you missed it, check out the highlights from Oklahoma’s win over Missouri in the third place game of the Hall of Fame Classic. Lon Kruger’s team needed to rebound from an ugly loss on Monday, and that’s exactly what they did. You can also find my quick recap of the night here.

Around the Sports World

  • The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks went to Cameron Indoor to face the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils and walked away with a massive upset. This was one of the most exciting finishes to a college basketball game I’ve seen in quite a while.
  • The Texas Longhorns were just burned by the Camping World Bowl senior director Matt Repchak. Basically, he thought they’d be better (not barely over .500), but since they aren’t, they’re perfect for this below average bowl game. Hook ‘em.
  • Michael Vick is passing the torch after Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has officially been given Madden’s record of fastest overall speed rating for a quarterback. Records are made to be broken, and this one is well-deserved.

Stick to Sports!

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