Junior college defensive end Chaz Nelson verbally committed to Oklahoma on Sunday morning, becoming the 15th verbal commit of the 2012 class, ESPN.com reports.
Nelson, a 6-foot-2 and 235-pound Garden City Community College player, said he plans to come to Oklahoma in January.
He graduated from Columbus (Ohio) Beechcroft and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Expect a Bedlam shootout?
Most expect Bedlam will be a shootout. Early Las Vegas lines set the over/under for points scored at 78.
“We feel we can win any type of game,” said OU quarterback Landry Jones. “We've been in all of them. We've been in tight games. We've been in shootouts. I think this offense is capable of playing in any type of game.”
How much pressure does a veteran quarterback with 35 career starts feel going into a big game?
“It's tough to win a game when the quarterback doesn't take care of the ball or make the right reads,” Jones said. “That's every game you go through that.”
TURNOVERS WILL BE BIG KEY
Oklahoma State thrives on its high-powered offense and on winning the turnover battle.
“We're going to have to get turnovers,” said OU safety Aaron Colvin. “It's such an explosive offense. And they're scoring points on everybody. Just like Baylor, (their) guys are going to make plays. At the same time we've got to minimize those plays and get plays ourselves.”
CHERISH THE MOMENT
OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables was asked if high-stakes games like Bedlam make the countless hours spent recruiting, reviewing tape and formulating game plans seem worth it.
“It honestly is like that,” Venables said. “You come to Oklahoma, that is why you (coach here). There are few places that have the kind of support and opportunities that this place presents you. Even as difficult as we've made it this year, that's all part of the journey.
“To still be here 9-2 at the end of the year, playing our last regular-season game, to be in position to compete for a championship is very, very special. I'm happy for our guys that they've worked hard and have fought through some adverse conditions to put themselves in this position.”