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Now this would be Bedlam: Rankings confirm this year's game could be for highest of stakes

by Berry Tramel Published: October 16, 2011

The Cowboys, too, have passed what appeared to be their stiffest tests, at A&M and at Texas. OSU had a gauntlet of four road games that seemed too rugged to sweep. But OSU won in College Station and Austin; next comes Columbia and Lubbock. Neither a pushover, but both navigatable.

Win out in October and November, and Bedlam in December will rank with Games of the Century I and II (OU-Nebraska 1971 and 1987) and OU national championship games (Penn State '85, Florida State '00, LSU '03, Southern Cal '04, Florida '05) as the most nationally prominent football games in state history.

And within state lines, a Bedlam battle of unbeatens would blow the doors off every Oklahoman.

Chances are, Ultimate Bedlam wouldn't be No. 1 vs. No. 2. Both Alabama and LSU would have to lose. Only way that seem feasible is Alabama beating LSU, then losing at Auburn on Thanksgiving Saturday.

But a 1-2 shootout isn't as big as a BCS semifinal. A BCS semifinal in Stillwater would be more than the biggest Bedlam of them all. Just might be the biggest sporting event ever on Oklahoma soil.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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