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Oklahoma State football can 'storm the field' of big-time college football with a Bedlam win

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — If Oklahoma State wins Saturday night's Bedlam matchup vs. Oklahoma, there's likely nothing that can keep OSU fans from storming the field and the OSU program from storming the ranks of college football's elite.
by Berry Tramel Modified: December 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm •  Published: December 1, 2011

Truth is, this Bedlam loser, either way, gets saddled with that tag. This appeared to be an historic Bedlam, a literal national semifinal. Then the Sooners inexplicably lost at home to Texas Tech, OSU inexplicably lost in double overtime at Iowa State and the Sooners removed all doubt by losing at Baylor.

Those latter two games ended with frenzied fans flooding their home fields. Such delirium is reserved for historic victory, which is what Bedlam 2011 would be for the Cowboys.

“We haven't won as much as they have,” OSU grad and defensive coordinator Bill Young said of the Sooners. “Having the opportunity to beat ‘em, steal some of their thunder, it's huge. It's huge in recruiting. It's huge in personal pride.”

The Cowboys have gotten close. 2010 Bedlam was for the Big 12 South title. Over the last four seasons, OU and OSU have the exact same conference record (24-8), and it's not like the Cowboys have taken advantage of a Sooner slump. In three of the last four seasons, OU has been ranked No. 1 at some point.

“It's not been easy for anyone,” said Mike Gundy. “In order for us to win a Big 12 championship, we have to go through Austin and Norman. I don't think that changes until we accomplish the goal.

“We can only state the facts. Our conference has been dominated by those two schools. Until somebody goes through the conference and wins the championship, I don't think anybody has the right to say they've reached that level.

“I don't know that anybody's been as close as we've been. We're right there.”

Ready to join the club. Ready to storm the field reserved for champions.

Only the scoreboard stands in the way.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. 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 newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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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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