Is Bedlam getting bigger than OU-Texas?

OU FOOTBALL — Beating the Longhorns in Dallas will always be a priority, but with Oklahoma State on the rise, the past two years' Bedlam games have come with higher stakes than the Red River Rivalry.
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 27, 2011

“Obviously they've done a terrific job, particularly since Coach Gundy has taken over. They have so much going for them right now as a program. Obviously our guys recognize and respect what we have in front of us, the challenge that Oklahoma State presents.”

OU freshman running back Brandon Williams, suddenly a key player in Bedlam, gave the rubber-stamp answer that every game is important whether it's Ball State or Oklahoma State.

But Williams, who is from Brookshire, Texas, hasn't experienced OSU students rapping paddles against padded walls.

Williams hasn't experienced diehard OSU fans behind the OU bench constantly reminding the Sooners what they think of players that don't wear orange.

Senior tight Trent Ratteree has experienced Bedlam his entire life. The Weatherford product concedes more is on the line with the Big 12 championship at stake but: “Bedlam has always been big. Regardless of the players each team has it's always a competitive, physical game.”

Throughout the week, matchups will be analyzed. The hot topic will be whether a shootout is inevitable.

“It's going to be a great, great challenge,” Venables said. “Our players are excited. They look forward to it. Obviously a year ago we were in the same situation like Oklahoma State was. It's going to be a terrific matchup.”

A matchup some say is the biggest Bedlam game ever, even bigger than OU-Texas.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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