Will Alex Grinch’s ‘Speed D’ be able to force some impactful turnovers?
Will Spencer Rattler be able to avoid crucial mistakes on the big stage?
Will Mike Gundy do another terrible job of Bedlam game management?
Will OSU fans be changing the subject to wrestling by evening’s end?
*Toby Rowland voice* WE’RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT
Tonight, the Crimson & Cream and the Orange & Black kick off under the lights for the first time ever inside college football’s grandest cathedral. Tonight... the Palace hosts Bedlam.@LandersCDJROK Scene Setter ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/aMlGSlEx2M— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) November 21, 2020
Time & TV: Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC
Location: Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium — Norman, Okla.
Commentary: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe
Line: Oklahoma -7 (as of Saturday at 10 a.m. CT)
- Lincoln Riley Week 11 Presser Notes
- Allen Kenney takes a closer look at the JACK LB position in OSU’s defense
- Also from Allen, a scouting report on the Cowboys’ dangerous offense
- The Oklahoma Breakdown Podcast previews Bedlam with CRFF’s Joel Penfield
- Bedlam 2020: Game preview, storylines & predictions
- Bedlam Q&A: Spencer Sanders, the Oklahoma State defense and more!
Who will play? - What was first dismissed as a minor injury for Austin Stogner has lingered into this week, and there’s now a report from SoonersWire’s Kegan Reneau that he will miss today’s game. We’ll see if that changes between now and this evening, but for now it’s best to prepare for his absence. On a related note, Oklahoma might finally be getting the services of Brayden Willis for the first time since the early going of 2020. With all of OU’s weapons at the H-back/TE position, the team should be able to weather the storm for the time being.
Meanwhile, rumblings of the return of Trejan Bridges had picked up steam throughout the week, but appears that it has hit a snag. This is so tiring, and you have to feel for Trejan regardless of the NCAA’s “justification” for not reinstating him.
This whole thing is absolute bs. & I’m tired of it. EVERYTHING... I have missed more than half of the season? This Sh*t is pathetic.— Trej (@TrejanBridges) November 21, 2020
As far as testing/tracing absences are concerned, we should expect to see 3-4 absences today. The names have been circulating the interwebs, but we’ll refrain from mentioning the names.
Will OU be able to take full advantage of OSU’s offensive flaws? - As is typically the case in Stillwater, the Cowboys are more than okay at the skill positions. The root of OSU’s offensive issues, of course, is its offensive line, which has experienced an unhealthy level of attrition since the end of the 2019 season. As our Allen Kenney pointed out, this has resulted in a drop from 26th to 45th in offensive SP+ from 2019 to now. On the other side, OU’s defensive front is firing on all cylinders — doubly so with the reinstatement of Ronnie Perkins. If Perkins, Nik Bonitto & Co. can create enough havoc to force the turnover-prone Spencer Sanders into some mistakes, this could get ugly.
I’m confident that the ‘Speed D’ will come out guns blazing, which is always a sight to behold when it happens. OU earns its 90th all-time win over OSU, putting OU one win away from tying the record for most wins by one team over another (currently held by Nebraska over Kansas at 91).
Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 24