• Oklahoma State football: Lee Corso picks the Cowboys, the best signs and more highlights from ESPN's College GameDay in Stillwater

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 1 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Lee Corso whispered into Kirk Herbsreit's ear moments before choosing between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma on the set of ESPN's College GameDay on Library Lawn. "Could I pull the trigger again? ... Yes I can!" Chaos followed with Corso shooting pistols and and a shotgun before a sea of freezing and screaming OSU fans. Here were some of the best signs from the crowd. Then, there was this guy. // Here's what ESPN's analysts had to say about the matchup.

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    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    One True Champion. Sometimes, a blind squirrel… Bedlam is not just the virtual Big 12 championship game, it’s the literal Big 12 championship game, courtesy of TCU’s victory over Baylor on Friday night. The Bedlam winner is the Big 12 champ, at 8-1. The Bedlam loser ties for second at 7-2. College Football Playoff implications are for after the game and after the results of Saturday. For now, let’s focus on the game itself. Twice this year, OU and OSU have reached a point in the conference season — after three games and after five games — in which they’ve played the exact same Big 12 foes. Now it happens again. They have played the same eight opponents, and

  • OSU basketball: Happy returns for Leyton Hammonds, Cowboys

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Hammonds produced a career-high scoring effort by halftime and finished with 20 points, leading Oklahoma State past Long Beach State for the second time in six days, this time 79-73 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 17 hr ago

    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.

  • Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Mason Rudolph has played his best entering Bedlam despite questions surrounding health

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Coach Mike Gundy called it “a little ankle sprain” on Monday. Reports have since surfaced that Rudolph might have a broken bone. He was not made available for an interview with The Oklahoman this week.

  • OSU women's basketball: Kaylee Jensen, Brittney Martin score 21 points each as OSU trims Oral Roberts

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    The Cowgirls improved to 5-0 on the season. They next play at 7 p.m. Monday against Washington State in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Bedlam football: A look at Bedlam homewreckers through the years

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER – The Cowboys and Sooners stand strong at home, holding overwhelming advantages in their own stadiums this millennium. Except when it comes to Bedlam. Since 2000, the home team has lost eight times, with OU claiming six wins in Stillwater and OSU prevailing twice in Norman. Most of the games have been close and dramatic. And heartbreaking. And some have wrecked championship dreams. Here is a look at some of the Bedlam home-wreckers: 2014: Cowboys, 38-35, OT Mason Rudolph and Brandon Sheperd led the offense, but it was Tyreek Hill – thanks to Bob Stoops' immediately infamous decision to re-kick – who scooted 92 yards with a second-chance punt return to tie it with 45 seconds remaining.

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

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | 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 State, which says the Sooners have won merely 83, that remains a Sooner slanted series. Which makes the record of the home team in recent years stand out like crimson on The Strip. Since Bob Stoops' arrival: the home team is 8-8. Since Mike Gundy's arrival: the home team is 5-5. Home-field advantage? Feels more like a disadvantage. Doesn't matter how you slice it.

  • OU football: Turns out Mike Stoops knows what he's doing

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — Mike Stoops believes in himself. I think we all can agree on that.  For all the many attributes that Ron and Dee Stoops bred into their six children in that house on Youngstown's Detroit Avenue, few were as potent as confidence. But last autumn, Mike Stoops admits he doubted himself. Admits he questioned the coaching acumen he had relied upon for almost three decades. “There's so much noise around you, it'll affect you in a lot of ways,” Stoops said. “The best of us, you'll second guess a lot of things.” The 2014 OU defense was dinged in a 37-33 loss at TCU and dented in a 31-30 home loss to Kansas State. Then Baylor took apart the Sooners 48-14 at Owen Field, and the Sooner defense was under

  • Bedlam football: Our picks, headline suggestions for OU vs. OSU

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Here is a look at our score and headline predictions for Saturday's Bedlam football game between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma:   RYAN ABER, OU writer OU 35, OSU 28 NOW, THEY WAIT Sooners make final playoff case with Bedlam win -------------- JENNI CARLSON, Columnist OU 41, OSU 31 CRIMSON REIGN Sooners win Bedlam, Big 12 title on a cold, wet night -------------- KYLE FREDRICKSON, OSU writer FREEZE FAME OU 42, OSU 35 Sooners make final playoff push in chilly Bedlam victory -------------- JOHN HELSLEY, OSU writer OSU 28, OU 27 COLD FRONT Ogbah, Cowboys harass Mayfield and contain run game to post another dramatic

  • OSU football journal: Cowboys still seeking mix of run and pass

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State's search for offensive balance has shifted and differed as this season has progressed, with creativity necessary to offset a pedestrian running game. The Cowboys have gone unconventional in trying to goose the running game, utilizing receivers as rushers and inserting situational quarterback J.W. Walsh to change the focus of defenses. With OSU facing an improved Oklahoma defense Saturday, expect the creativity to continue. “You want to make sure the defense is honest,” said Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “That's the most important thing.

  • College Football Pregame: Why Les Miles is the coach on the hot seat

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Les Miles' LSU coaching career twists  in the wind, in the same month in which his Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the nation. Such is the pressure of the job in Baton Rouge. LSU has lost three straight — to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss — and Saturday hosts Texas A&M. Miles' record is 110-32 since leaving OSU for LSU after the 2004 season. That's a winning percentage of .774. Better than Nick Saban (.750 at LSU). Better than Charlie McClendon (.692). Better than Paul Dietzel (.650). Better than any coach in LSU history. Miles' fate seems sealed. LSU wants a change. But maybe a victory over A&M will remind the Bayou that winning is not guaranteed, and Les Miles has done an awful lot of winning.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer Kyle Fredrickson

    From Staff Reports | Yesterday

    Join The Oklahoman's OSU writer Kyle Fredrickson at 11 a.m. to talk Cowboys football and Bedlam in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Bedlam Football: The top 5 punt returns in OU-OSU history

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Punt returns for touchdowns have ignited the last three victors in Bedlam. But there were other punt returns for TDs before the likes of Jalen Saunders and Tyreek Hill. Here are the five biggest punt returns for touchdowns in Bedlam between 1943 and 2012. 1. Joe Washington, 1974: Perhaps Little Joe's most magical run came on a 57-yard punt return in Bedlam. He disappeared into a pile of Cowboys, then emerged Houdini-like outside the scrum and scampered to a touchdown that made it 30-13 in the fourth quarter of an eventual 44-13 rout. 2. Cecil Hankins, 1944: The Cowboy speedster grabbed a low OU punt and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown near the end of the first quarter, giving Oklahoma A&M a 14-0 lead.

  • Bedlam football: ABC's Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit in the booth Saturday night

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer, mbracht@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    ABC's No. 1 broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox will call its second OU game this season and first OSU game. The trio also called the OU-Baylor game Nov. 14. Fowler, who this season relinquished his job as “College GameDay” host after 25 years, also broadcasts  Grand Slam tennis events for ESPN. Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, is in his 20th year as a “College GameDay” analyst. Cox, a former standout volleyball player, joined ESPN in 1994.

  • Bedlam Football: How a lopsided series went national

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    STILLWATER — Bedlam football commences Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium, both squads remain in the hunt for the Big 12 championship and it's no big surprise. How did this happen? The state's annual best sports drama no longer is Bedlam hoops in Gallagher-Iba, or OU-Texas in the Cotton Bowl, or Jenks-Union, or Thunder-Spurs. It's Bedlam football, in either locale. Overtimes. Wild finishes. Crazy plays. How did this happen? ESPN's GameDay will be in Stillwater. Since 2003, its most frequent rivalry is Alabama-LSU. Six Bama-LSU games have been the GameDay pick. Next on the list? Bedlam, with five. How did this happen? How did Bedlam football become so dang special? Between 1945 and 1995, OU and OSU played

  • OU football journal: Baker Mayfield has crept his way up Heisman Trophy watch lists

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Oklahoma Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has crept his way up Heisman Trophy watch lists as the Sooners have positioned themselves for a possible College Football Playoff berth. The OU sports information office has been in full-on campaign mode, with press releases and hype videos appearing on the athletic department's official website to promote Mayfield's candidacy. “It's fun to see, especially because of everyone supporting me,” Mayfield said this week. “People are trying to blow it up just because they love it. I enjoy it just because I helped the team out and put them in a situation to be in a playoff spot. “Whenever you're in that spot the quarterback is going to get recognition. So I'm happy with

  • OSU basketball: Olivier providing post presence for Pokes

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    STILLWATER – When Chris Olivier visited Oklahoma State in his search for a final season of college basketball, Cowboys coach Travis Ford plugged in a tape as a selling point. The subject: Marshall Moses. “When I was on my visit, Coach Ford showed me some clips of him and how they ran some plays for him,” Olivier said. And how they could run similar plays for Olivier. OSU hadn't featured a legitimate post scorer since Moses earned All-Big 12 honors as a senior in 2010-11. Olivier looked the part. Looked like Moses in some ways, too, as a left-handed forward with skills in the paint and an ability to get buckets. “They score in similar ways, as far as angles to the basket, things like that,” Ford

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys well aware of defensive fatigue factor in preparation for Bedlam

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    OSU has defended a staggering 368 plays over the past four weeks — an average of 92 per game.

  • OSU football journal: J.W. Walsh's dad appreciates two-QB success

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    WALSH'S DAD APPRECIATES TWO-QB SUCCESS   John Walsh, the father of J.W. and a successful Texas high school coach at Denton Ryan, knows the complexities of managing and offense and players. He knows, too, how difficult it is to juggle quarterbacks. And he marvels at how well OSU has pulled off its two-quarterback approach, with his son and Mason Rudolph forming a potent combination. “It takes special character to make it work,” the elder Walsh said. “And really, it takes special character from the guy who is on top of that depth chart. Mason's done a great job with it. “I think he's smart, he understands the results.” John Walsh said he's enjoyed seeing his son employed in a significant