How Bedlam plays out Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium could be a factor in how coaches and media vote.
Oklahoma State has three candidates in quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Justin Blackmon and running back Kendall Hunter. Oklahoma has two viable candidates in wide receiver Ryan Broyles and quarterback Landry Jones.
If there's a favorite, it's probably Blackmon, who has received some Heisman consideration.
Coaches aren't allowed to vote for their own players. OSU coach Mike Gundy said he could make a case for all three of his players.
â€œIt is difficult,â€ Gundy said. â€œWhen you're determining a player of the year, you're trying to decide at all positions who was the best player in the league. What we try to do is look at each player and how he performed at his position in what he could control.â€
WEIGHING IN ON BEDLAM
Texas coach Mack Brown and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman were asked to analyze Bedlam. Both coaches focused on the high-scoring offenses.
â€œIt's going to be a great game,â€ Brown said. â€œI'll be watching it. Both are great teams. Both quarterbacks are playing well. They both have a great receiver and a great running back.
â€œIn that series, it's been a better game, by in large, in Stillwater. I think it will be a great one between two of the great teams in the country.â€
Sherman said: â€œThey both have dynamic offenses that can put up a lot of points. They're different teams in many ways. I just got done watching the Texas film, and Oklahoma State's quarterback is very comfortable in the pocket, making good decisions. I haven't seen Oklahoma since we played them, but Landry Jones has come into his own.
â€œIt will be kind of like our game (with Texas). Anything can happen in a rivalry game. No matter what you've done means nothing in these types of games.â€
RELAXED BUFFALOES PLAYING WELL
Colorado interim coach Brian Cabral said back-to-back wins over Iowa State and Kansas State can be traced to the Buffaloes playing more relaxed since Dan Hawkins was fired.