Cowboys middle linebacker Caleb Lavey hails from Celina, Texas, where the big rivalry talk featured Hook 'Ems and Gig 'Ems.
After three years in Stillwater, however, Lavey said he has long embraced Bedlam.
“Definitely,” Lavey said. “It's like this week, there's so much emphasis on perfection and going hard and effort. The coaches, they yell a little louder. And everyone plays a little faster in preparation.
“The thing is, we don't even need the coaches yelling at us. It's the big game. It's the rivalry. You want to push yourself and have a good game. You want to win.”
Lavey understands, too, that the heightened enthusiasm spills over into the fan bases.
“It seems like those people don't really get along, either,” he said with a grin. “It's exciting. We've got a good fan base here. We're excited to go down to Norman.”
GONZALES PLANS TO WALK ON
Former Del City quarterback Chazten Gonzales, who signed with TCU in 2011, is planning to walk on for the Cowboys, he said Wednesday.
Gonzales most recently has been taking classes at Rose State and working out with an eye toward returning to football.
As a senior in 2010, Gonzales threw for 1,739 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 734 yards and six scores.
2013 HOMECOMING SET: OCT. 19
OSU's 2013 schedule was released Tuesday, with many interesting tidbits, like three off weeks, one September home game and a Dec. 7 Bedlam clash that will be the latest regular season game in school history.
Now the Cowboys have a homecoming date, too: Oct. 19, when TCU visits Boone Pickens Stadium for a second straight season (a scheduling quirk they assumed in sliding into Texas A&M's slot).
“America's Greatest Homecoming,” as OSU commonly bills its event, reportedly drew an estimated 82,000 spectators for this year's Walk Around, one of the many festivities associated with the weekend.
RANKING BIG 12 QBS … SURPRISE!
OSU has passed around its quarterback job around so much — four games for J.W. Walsh, 3 1/2 games for Wes Lunt, 2 1/2 for Clint Chelf — that none of the Cowboys qualify to be included in the Big 12 passing statistics.
But if they did, here's how they would rank: Chelf first, Walsh second.
In the entire Big 12.
Chelf's passing efficiency rating of 165.89 would lead the Big 12. Walsh's 165.61 would rank second. Texas' David Ash leads the qualified, at 161.7. Here's the rest of the list: West Virginia's Geno Smith 159.3, Texas Tech's Seth Doege 156.3, Baylor's Nick Florence 155.2, Kansas State's Collin Klein 155.0, OU's Landry Jones 151.5, TCU's Trevone Boykin 129.8, Iowa State's Steele Jantz 120.3 and Kansas' Dayne Crist 97.7.
Lunt would rank ninth, behind Landry and ahead of Boykin, if he was included.
“It's been an unusual season, but very gratifying for our coaching staff — myself included — and our players,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. “It starts with the three young men who have played quarterback for us. I think the best way to describe it is sometimes when you have a quarterback controversy or a two- or three-quarterback system, team members can pick a side. That hasn't happened with our team and we've been very fortunate.”
By John Helsley, Berry Tramel and Ryan Aber