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Ranking the most-hyped Bedlam games in history

by Berry Tramel Published: October 19, 2011

The most-hyped Bedlam games in history:

1. 1984 at Norman: The 8-1-1 Sooners were ranked second by AP, third by the coaches. The 9-1 Cowboys were third in AP, second in the coaches poll. The Orange Bowl was on the line, though a national championship hinged on Brigham Young losing to mediocre Michigan in the Holiday Bowl. OU won 24-14.

2. 2010 at Stillwater: The 10-1 Cowboys were ranked ninth by the BCS, 10th by AP. The 9-2 Sooners were 14th in the BCS, 10th in AP. The South Division title was on the line and a berth in the Big 12 title game. No national championship implications. OU won 47-41.

3. 1987 at Norman: The 8-0 Sooners were ranked No. 1. The 7-1 Cowboys were ranked 12th. OSU still had hopes of a three-way tie for the Big 12 title, since OU still had unbeaten Nebraska left on the schedule. OU won 29-10.

4. 2008 at Stillwater: The 10-1 Sooners were ranked No. 3. The 9-2 Cowboys were ranked 12th in the BCS, 11th by AP. OU needed a victory to forge a three-way tie with Texas and Texas Tech for the South Division title and a possible berth in the national championship game. OU won 61-41.

5. 1988 at Stillwater: The 7-1 Sooners were ranked seventh by the coaches, eighth by AP. The 6-1 Cowboys were ranked 12th. OSU still had hopes of a three-way tie for the Big 12 title, since OU still had Nebraska left on the schedule. OU won 31-28.

by Berry Tramel
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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