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  • Bedlam behavior: A game can be big without getting ugly

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Updated: 20 hr ago

    On a night when the stakes had never been higher in Bedlam, when the winner would claim the Big 12 title and quite possibly a spot in the College Football Playoff, when all of the college football world was watching, a couple knuckleheads sullied the grandeur. They decided to be ugly and foul....

  • OSU football report card: Bedlam ends in disappointment for the Cowboys

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Updated: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    A disappointing end to a solid season for the Cowboys.

  • Bedlam football: Cowboys' defense wears thin in 58-23 beatdown at hands of the Sooners

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    STILLWATER — As the Sooners sprinted, leaped and back-flipped — yes, back-flipped — around them, the Cowboys trudged off the Boone Pickens Stadium turf. This was a worn down bunch. A 58-23 beatdown in Bedlam can have that effect. But the wear and tear evident...

  • Bedlam football: A look at Oklahoma's 58-23 win over Oklahoma State by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel, Columnists | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma's 58-23 win over Oklahoma State by the numbers: 3: Times that OU has scored 40 or more points in a half vs. OSU (45, first half, 1970; 44, first half, 2015; 42, second half, 1946) 5: Touchdown runs of 50 yards or more this season for OU running back Samaje Perine,...

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    It's finally here. Bedlam! This year's game is a big one, as the Big 12 title and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff is on the line. Follow up-to-the-minute-updates on tonight's showdown from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OU vs. OSU football: Bedlam foes on the field; Bedlam bros on the beach

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Ahead of the annual Oklahoma-Oklahoma State Bedlam game, it may be hard for some fans to wrap their heads around a photo of rival quarterbacks spending spring break together on a Florida beach.

  • Bedlam football: Home-field advantage? More like home-field disadvantage

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — Bedlam is a lopsided series. One hundred and nine times the in-state rivals have played, and the crimson has creamed the orange in more than three-fourths of those games. Whether you side with Oklahoma, which says the Sooners have won 84 games, or with Oklahoma...

  • OU football: Zack Sanchez wouldn't be starring for the Sooners without the high school buddy he calls Kev

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Kevin Scott Washington II is the reason Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez wears No. 15.

  • Baker Mayfield and Baillie Burmaster: Love Bedlam style

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The OU quarterback and former OSU soccer player say their relationship works for several reasons -- despite devotion to their respective schools.

  • OSU football: Baylor loss exposes OSU’s flaws

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    On a night that Oklahoma State’s magical season came to an abrupt end with a 45-35 loss to Baylor, we were left to accept a reality that likely gnawed at many. This is a good but not great OSU team. This is a flawed bunch that somehow kept finding ways to overcome those shortcomings.


Jenni Carlson

Reporter and Columnist

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 games. Her mom kept the scorebook during baseball games and yelled her head off no matter the sport. They passed along that passion to Carlson and her two younger brothers.

Carlson played golf in high school and planned to play in college, but when she started at the University of Kansas, she decided to focus her attention on journalism. It’s a decision that she’s never regretted.

Her first big story was a profile on Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams for the yearbook, and Carlson has enjoyed interviewing sports figures and sharing their stories every since.
Carlson is a 1997 graduate of Kansas. She and her husband, Ryan, were married in 2009 and live in Oklahoma City. They welcomed their first child, Millie, in June 2012. Carlson was the president of the Association for Women in Sports Media from 2008-10 and chair of the board from 2010-12.

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