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Bedlam overtakes Oklahoma-Texas as Big 12's most anticipated football game

by Berry Tramel Published: June 11, 2011

Brandon Weeden is OSU's first all-conference QB; OU's Landry Jones is on the Heisman watch A-lists. Meanwhile, Ryan Broyles is the greatest receiver in Sooner history yet was trumped last season by Cowboy Justin Blackmon, who won the Biletnikoff Award.

Those stars helped stage OU's 47-41 gunfight last November, which is merely the norm in Stillwater.

Here are the results of the last seven Bedlam games at Boone Pickens Stadium: OU 47-41, OU 61-41, OU 27-21, OU 38-35, OSU 38-28, OU 12-7, OSU 41-26.

OU-Texas remains the league's best rivalry. It has the pageantry and tradition and revelry.

But you want a game? You want football that will blow your socks off every time? You've got to go with Bedlam in Stillwater.

In Norman, the rivalry is a little one-sided. OU 27-0, OU 49-17, OU 42-14, OU 52-9. Since OSU's epic upset in 2001, Owen Field hasn't seen a decent Bedlam.

But the Big 12 has blessed us in 2011. The revamped schedule has sent Bedlam to Stillwater two years running.

Which means a new No. 1. This summer, Bedlam — saved for last; Dec. 3 — is the most-anticipated game in the league.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

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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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