STILLWATER — Fans at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday night should realize they will be under a severe storm warning — and not just because of the combination of cold wind and rain expected to hit Stillwater.
A Bedlam showdown between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is enough to create a charged atmosphere, both on the field and in the stands. But also on the line for OSU is its first Big 12 championship and BCS bowl berth.
That makes it the biggest home game in OSU history — one that would cause the fans to storm the field if the No. 3 Cowboys win, even though they are the favorites against the No. 10 Sooners.
“We realize what's at stake,” OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “We realize all what's involved.”
OSU has come close to entering college football's elite club in recent years, winning at least nine games each of the past four seasons. But the Cowboys have never been able to overtake a conference dominated by Texas and OU during the past decade.
“It's been a long time and it's been a tough battle for us to get in position to even talk about saying ‘OK, we need to win a game (to win a conference title),'” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “There's some fight involved in it, now.”