by Jenni Carlson Published: November 28, 2008
Add a little Heisman hype to the Bedlam battle.

In a football game that already has more subplots than a Shakespearean play, none is more fun than the race for the little bronze statue. It isn’t as serious as Oklahoma’s national championship aspirations. It isn’t as significant as Oklahoma State’s program building.

But man, oh man, does it add to the cool factor of Bedlam 2008.

And this isn’t just about Sam Bradford.

No doubt the Oklahoma quarterback is one of the favorite for the Heisman. He’s been a strong contender throughout the season, but he was always behind other quarterbacks. First, it was Tim Tebow. Then came Chase Daniel and Colt McCoy and Graham Harrell.

But after OU throttled Texas Tech, Bradford emerged a true frontrunner.

He has thrown for 3,710 yards, 42 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

That isn’t exactly Jason White’s 40-touchdown, four-interception regular-season stat line from the year he won the Heisman. But it’s still darn impressive.

"He’s just a great football player,” Sooner receiver Manny Johnson said. "Of course, you want anybody on your team to win any individual award that they can. We know that if Sam wins the Heisman, it has something to do with us.

"We’re happy that he’s even in the talk right now.”

The Heisman could come down to Bradford and McCoy. By comparison, the Longhorn quarterback had thrown for 3,134 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions through 11 games.

Not bad, but not Bradford.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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