4. OKLAHOMA STATE, NOV. 1, 2003
Under coach Les Miles, Oklahoma State had stunned the Sooners in two straight seasons. Miles poured some gasoline on the rivalry fire after the Cowboys' win the week before Bedlam, when he said of the Sooners, “They're the best team in college football ... we're told.” A couple days later, Miles uttered one of his more infamous quotes during his time in Stillwater: “Next Saturday two teams are going to play. One is maybe the best team in college football and the other one is a darn good football team. We're going to play to figure out which one is which.” With GameDay in Norman, the No. 1 Sooners routed No. 14 Oklahoma State 52-9 to start a Bedlam win streak that lasted until last season.
5. ALABAMA, SEPT. 7, 2002
The storied Alabama Crimson Tide made their first-ever trip to Norman in 2002. The Crimson Tide faithful came in droves, creating an exciting atmosphere for the battle of traditional powerhouses. The Tide was in its second year under Dennis Franchione, and certainly wasn't on par with the elite, Bear Bryant- or Nick Saban-coached 'Bama squads. But it turned into a heck of a game, with the Tide holding a 27-23 lead in the fourth quarter before running back Renaldo Works' last-minute heroics pushed the Sooners over the top. Oklahoma returned the favor, making its first-ever trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., the next year in what became another close, memorable contest.