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Bedlam extra: Matchups between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma pretty even

by Jason Kersey Published: November 22, 2012
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No. 13 Oklahoma and No. 21 Oklahoma State meet Saturday on Owen Field.

Here's a unit-by-unit look at who has the edge in this year's edition of Bedlam.


QUARTERBACKS

Oklahoma: Landry Jones played the finest game of his career last weekend at West Virginia, and even succeeded in an area usually reserved for the Belldozer — the redzone. Jones' excellent play of late has overshadowed Blake Bell's decreased productivity, but Bell is still a threat.

Oklahoma State: After injuries caused a revolving door at the position for most of the season, redshirt junior Clint Chelf has solidified himself as the starter for Bedlam after three consecutive strong performances. Chelf was poised when thrown into emergency duty in a hostile environment against Kansas State three weeks ago, but this will be his first Bedlam start. J.W. Walsh was also used in short-yardage and goal-line situations against Texas Tech, and Wes Lunt is available if necessary.

Edge: OU

RUNNING BACKS

Oklahoma: Damien Williams finally broke off another long touchdown run against West Virginia after a long slump, but was pretty well stuffed other than that. Brennan Clay's improved play has helped make up for Dominique Whaley's continued, mysterious absence. Fullback Trey Millard can also make things happen when he gets carries/catches.

Oklahoma State: Joseph Randle has not reached 100 yards in three consecutive games, but that's likely in part because defenses are focusing on stopping the dynamic back. Still, Randle is a dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands as both a runner and receiver. And power back Jeremy Smith, who has battled a lingering ankle injury for much of the season, appears to have his burst back.

Edge: OSU

RECEIVERS

Oklahoma: The Sooners have stockpiled talented receivers this season, with transfers like Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders becoming heavily involved in the offense and freshman Sterling Shepard emerging. Junior Kenny Stills is having his best season yet and remains the Sooners' leading receiver. Despite losing Ryan Broyles — the greatest receiver in school history — OU's overall receiving corps is exponentially better than it was last year.

Oklahoma State: Despite losing Tracy Moore, who coach Mike Gundy calls the Cowboys' best offensive player, OSU has gotten solid production from its receivers. It doesn't have the dominant pass-catcher like Justin Blackmon, but Josh Stewart has turned into a versatile go-to target that can shake defenders in space. Isaiah Anderson's return from a finger injury gives the Cowboys a speedy deep threat they have been lacking, while Charlie Moore and Blake Jackson are both capable of big moments.

Edge: OU

OFFENSIVE LINE

Oklahoma: Ben Habern, Tyler Evans and Nila Kasitati were lost for the year. Gabe Ikard, Bronson Irwin, Lane Johnson, Adam Shead and Daryl Williams have all been injured at one time or another during the season. Considering all that, the Sooner offensive line hasn't played terrible. Still, it's a thin unit that cannot afford any more injuries.

Oklahoma State: The Cowboys have continued their stout offensive line play under Joe Wickline, opening holes for Randle and Co. and protecting whoever is playing quarterback. OSU ranks fifth in the nation in sacks allowed. The Cowboys have rolled out the same starting five — Parker Graham, Jonathan Rush, Evan Epstein, Lane Taylor and Daniel Koenig — in seven of their 10 games, but Brandon Webb has replaced Rush at left guard in recent weeks and Devin Davis made his first-career start at left tackle against Tech.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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