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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


When Mike Gundy became the head coach of OSU football, the Cowboys had a .197 winning percentage in Bedlam.

Yuck. OSU was 16-76-7.

In eight Bedlams, Gundy is 1-7 against the Sooners. That's a winning percentage of .143.

So a lopsided series has become even moreso in the Gundy era.

But the Bedlam Series no longer defines Cowboy football.

During that same span, OSU has gone from mediocre to powerhouse. From the great unwashed chasing the Sooners and Longhorns to a peer of those bluebloods.

The Cowboys host OU next Saturday, are expected to be a healthy favorite and with a victory will win their second Big 12 championship in three years. And make their second Fiesta Bowl in three seasons.

Don't buy the theory that OSU has become a peer of the Sooners or 'Horns?

OU is about to miss out on the BCS bowls for the fourth time in five years.

Texas would miss out for the fourth straight year.

Check out the cumulative Big 12 standings over the last three years: OSU 20-6, OU 20-6, Texas 16-10. The last five years: OSU 32-10, OU 32-11, Texas 27-16.

OSU's success is not tied to one transcendent player or one loaded recruiting class. There's not one game that served as an ignition to greater things.

Gundy and Co. methodically have built a program that's gotten better and better. 2012 was the only season in which OSU's victory total declined from the previous season.

“There's a lot of strength in our program, in our organization,” Gundy said. “I've been here 10 years now (actually nine, as head coach). There's really not anything new in our program. Ultimately, college football comes down to the players.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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