Bedlam week can provide plenty of opportunity for verbal sparring matches between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma fans. It can provide bulletin board material, such as Sooner offensive lineman Gabe Ikard scoffing Monday at the suggestion that OU will play the role of spoiler in Saturday's game.
But Cowboy coach Mike Gundy doesn't feed into that type of extracurricular activity, stressing that he doesn't view Bedlam as a “hated rivalry.”
“Our players feel like if they play well and take care of the football that they can beat anybody that they play,” Gundy said. “But we certainly have respect for the teams that we play. I know that the fans, the people, may not want to hear out that, but some of those guys (on the OU staff), most of those guys that I know are my friends. …
“I go back a long way with a lot of those guys and so I certainly don't see it as a hated rivalry. That's just me personally. Do we want to win? Yeah, we want to win. Do we want to win every Saturday? You bet we do. Do we want to play hard? Do we want to be physical? You bet.
“But to feel that way about them, that's just never been my nature. I guess I can say that to make people feel good, but I'm more concerned with tomorrow's practice than I am necessarily that part of the game.”
The Thanksgiving holiday weekend was particularly special for OSU megabooster Boone Pickens, as he announced to family Saturday his engagement to girlfriend Toni Brinker, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Brinker is the widow of Dallas restaurant entrepreneur Norman Brinker. He was the founder of Steak & Ale and spent time as the head of Jack in the Box, Burger King, Chili's, Bennigan's and Brink's coffee shop in Lakewood, Texas.
Pickens and Brinker plan to wed sometime in 2014.
Pickens divorced Madeleine Pickens in 2012 following a seven-year marriage.
SPENCER NOT A FINALIST FOR BROYLES AWARD
After being named one of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's best assistant coach, last week, Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer did not make the cut when the pool was cut to five finalists Monday.
The finalists are Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
SPECIAL SENIOR DAY ENTRANCE FOR LOWE?
Cowboy safety Daytawion Lowe is also an avid horseback rider, spending a large bulk of his free time during the offseason on the country land his family owns in western Oklahoma.
Gary Rose, Lowe's high school coach at Carl Albert, once revealed one of Lowe's dreams was to ride Bullet out of the tunnel in uniform.
Lowe's got one more chance, as he'll play his final game at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.
Could he make a big entrance on Senior Day?
Not so fast.
“I gotta be safe,” Lowe said with a laugh. “I need my legs to stay on the ground. It might be a little slick, too, so I gotta keep my legs on the ground.”
Gundy on another matchup with brother Cale, the Sooners' running backs coach: “The truth is, a lot of times I forget he's even over there.”