An epic Bedlam always is fun to think about. Fun to talk about through a long hot summer.
But we're getting past the talking stage.
The BCS rankings arrived Sunday night, and there sit the Oklahoma schools, at No. 3 (OU) and No. 4 (OSU), like they're Alabama and Auburn or something.
The voters like the Sooners (have for 60-plus years) and the computers love the Cowboys (geeks love road wins south of the Red River), and that's why the experts say the winner of a Bedlam battle of unbeatens would make the national championship game.
Wisconsin, Stanford, Boise State. None seem capable of trumping an unbeaten OSU, much less an unbeaten OU, which is the BCS' favorite son.
The initial rankings show it clear. The Bedlam brothers are more than halfway home to Ultimate Bedlam. A literal national semifinal, staged in Stillwater, with the winner Big Bowl bound.
The Cowboys are keeping pace with the Sooners.
OU wins a showdown at Florida State, the next week OSU wins a showdown at Texas A&M.
OU thrashes Texas, the next week OSU goes to Austin and beats the Longhorns itself. I know a blowout of Texas would have been more impressive, but still.
“When you travel on the road and you play a team that's ranked in the top 25 and you win,” Mike Gundy said, “you get your victory and pack up and get out of here as fast you can.”
The Sooners have passed what appeared to be their most severe tests, in Tallahassee and Dallas. Turns out Bill Snyder is up to his old tricks in Manhattan, so Oct. 29 at Kansas State won't be easy for Bobby Stoops.
But heck, K-State ascension – unbeaten and ranked 11th in the BCS – only helps Bedlam. KSU will provide voter and computer cachet for both Sooners and Cowboys, so long as they survive the Silver Fox.
The Cowboys, too, have passed what appeared to be their stiffest tests, at A&M and at Texas. OSU had a gauntlet of four road games that seemed too rugged to sweep. But OSU won in College Station and Austin; next comes Columbia and Lubbock. Neither a pushover, but both navigatable.
Win out in October and November, and Bedlam in December will rank with Games of the Century I and II (OU-Nebraska 1971 and 1987) and OU national championship games (Penn State '85, Florida State '00, LSU '03, Southern Cal '04, Florida '05) as the most nationally prominent football games in state history.
And within state lines, a Bedlam battle of unbeatens would blow the doors off every Oklahoman.
Chances are, Ultimate Bedlam wouldn't be No. 1 vs. No. 2. Both Alabama and LSU would have to lose. Only way that seem feasible is Alabama beating LSU, then losing at Auburn on Thanksgiving Saturday.
But a 1-2 shootout isn't as big as a BCS semifinal. A BCS semifinal in Stillwater would be more than the biggest Bedlam of them all. Just might be the biggest sporting event ever on Oklahoma soil.
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