Bedlam football: Sooners find themselves in unfamiliar role of potential Bedlam spoiler

Oklahoma leads the all-time series 83-17-7, and has won nine of the last 10 Bedlam meetings. The Cowboys have had lots of opportunities to spoil potential OU championships, but rarely has the reverse been the case.
by Jason Kersey Published: November 30, 2013

— Is Oklahoma motivated by playing the spoiler role next weekend in Stillwater?

Junior defensive end Chuka Ndulue scoffed at the question.

“No, playing football is something I'm motivated about,” Ndulue said. “Spoiler, underdog, blah, blah, blah. That's just what the media likes to do to make people pay attention, or whatever it is you all do.”

Regardless, the Sooners find themselves in an unfamiliar position for next Saturday morning's Bedlam clash with archrival Oklahoma State. With a win, the Cowboys will claim a Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl berth.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series 83-17-7, and has won nine of the last 10 Bedlam meetings. The Cowboys have had lots of opportunities to spoil potential OU championships, but rarely has the reverse been the case.

In recent memory, Oklahoma's only real spoiler shot came in 2009, when the Cowboys entered Bedlam in Norman with a win all but guaranteeing a Fiesta Bowl berth. The Sooners were laboring through a tough, injury-filled season, but beat OSU 27-0.

After Oklahoma suffered its second Big 12 loss this season — a 41-12 shellacking at Baylor — and OSU routed the Bears only a couple weeks later, the Sooners became the clear underdog for this year's Bedlam clash.


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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