When Brandon Webb cast his signature with Oklahoma State in 2009, he bucked an Oklahoma legacy. His dad, Terry Webb, was an All-American and two-time All-Big Eight offensive lineman for the Sooners in the 1970s.
And while there's some OSU-OU tension in the Webb house back in Owasso, it's not between father and son.
“Between my dad and I, there's isn't too much of a feud, because my dad is always on my side,” Brandon said. “My brother might be a different story, because he grew up the same way I did, as an OU fan.
“He's still an OU fan. He likes to poke fun. But with my dad, he's on my side 24/7.”
This Bedlam clash will be special for Brandon, as he'll play on Owen Field for the first time. And he'll do so as a starter, as he's recently moved into the lineup at left guard, replacing a banged up Jonathan Rush.
“It's been a long process,” said the junior. “I had to adjust to the speed of the game, get my strength up and just learn the offense and learn to play faster.”
For Gundy, a fitting No. 100
Mike Gundy has enjoyed a unique close-up look at Bedlam, as a four-year starter for the Cowboys in the series and as an assistant coach and head coach at OSU.
So perhaps it's fitting that as Gundy reaches a milestone Saturday, his 100th game as head coach, it comes against the Sooners.
And it comes on the heels of a Bedlam win he claims stands as the biggest of his career.
“That was the first time we ever won a conference championship here,” Gundy said. “We had worked hard and talked about it and put it up on the walls, ‘Expect To Win A Championship,' and, ‘Believe.' If you don't ever do it, the kids are like, ‘Ehh.'
“But if you win, you can say this is what happened with what you put into it. That's why it was a big win.”
Kye Staley, heartbreaker
OSU fullback Kye Staley knows the Bedlam rivalry, both as a player and as an Oklahoma kid who mingled with friends who were fans of both the Sooners and Cowboys at Guthrie High.
“It's pandemonium,” Staley said. “Back at Guthrie, there were a lot of OU and OSU fans, it was a school divided. I broke a lot of hearts when I came here. But back at Guthrie, everyone supports me whether they are OU or OSU fans.