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Bedlam football: Oklahoma State is on par with Oklahoma, Texas

COMMENTARY — Mike Gundy and his staff have built a Big 12 powerhouse, despite the Cowboys' lack of success against the Sooners.
Oklahoman Published: November 30, 2013

“They decided they wanted to be a good football team.”

The Bedlam rivalry seemed at its apex after the 2002 game. OSU had won two straight, both against elite Sooner teams, and was 4-4 in Bedlam starting in 1995.

But six of those eight Cowboy teams finished with a losing record. Those victories over OU certainly helped university morale and showed clear improvement in the program and were better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. But ending Bedlam dominance was not an indication that the Cowboys were on the verge of making national waves.

You achieve that status on multiple Saturdays per season, not on any particular day, no matter the euphoria it might generate.

The Sooners' Bedlam dominance is very real. OU's 83-17-7 record in the series is stunningly lopsided. Even during this golden age of Cowboy football, the Sooners dominate: 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.

OSU has a Bedlam problem.

But the whole Big 12 has an OSU problem.

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