An OSU victory over Sooners would benefit many

by Berry Tramel Published: November 27, 2011
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A Cowboy victory, especially in this Bedlam game that ranks as the de facto Big 12 title game, would do more than validate the OSU program. It would elevate this rivalry within the state. The Sooners' massive shadow can obscure much. But there would be no holding back the truth of an outright Big 12 championship for the Cowboys.

Sure, OU fans would have that 82-17-7 series edge to crow about. But that bravado loses a little energy when the Cowboys have just posed in front of the scoreboard that shows their status as champions.

The league would benefit, too. The beleaguered Big 12 has been labeled a two-team conference. Texas, which calls most of the shots, and OU, which wins most of the football trophies. But an OSU championship would dent that perception and draw the Big 12 a little closer to the SEC, which has distributed its last six football titles among five schools.

College football in general would be enhanced by an OSU victory. The rise of new blood helps keep honest this tradition-rich sport. The Pac-12 needed Oregon to emerge. The Big Ten needed Wisconsin. College football is better when the same old faces don't always win.

The Fiesta Bowl would love to host OSU. The Sooners have been to Phoenix three of the last five years. The Fiesta could use fresh meat, though the yellow jackets are too diplomatic to say so.

The minor bowls, too, would like an OSU win. The Cotton hasn't had OU in 10 years and the Alamo never has hosted the Sooners. In those 10 years, State has been to the Cotton twice and the Alamo twice.

Even the BCS-bashers could use a Cowboy victory. OSU, third in the BCS, represents the best hope for Big Bowl controversy. LSU-Alabama seems the sure matchup, but a Bedlam victory would give the Cowboys a bump in the polls and the computers. The BCS-bashers prefer disharmony.

Disharmony is missing in Bedlam. Both sides know its place. The Sooners and Cowboys annually play an anticipated game, often with great dramatics, but almost always with the same result.

The natural order is set. An OSU victory Saturday night could change that, and only the Sooners would find it distasteful.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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