Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy wasn't much of a politician Monday, saying that if he had a vote in the USA Today/Coaches' poll, he would rank Alabama ahead of the Cowboys right now.
Turns out Gundy's players aren't big on campaigning that their team should be in the national championship game over the Crimson Tide, either.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden and defensive end Jamie Blatnick know that the No. 3 Cowboys have no argument if they don't first beat No. 10 Oklahoma.
“I don't know how they figure it,” Weeden said of the BCS standings. “But if we take care of business — and that's the first and foremost rule — the pieces have to fall where they may. It comes back to us. If we win them all, they can't keep us out, but unfortunately, we had a stumble.”
Said Blatnick: “It's out of my hands. I can't do anything about it. I can feel indifferent either way. I would love to go (to the national title game) and would love to get some votes and stuff, but really, right now, if we don't take care of Bedlam, it doesn't matter.”
BILL YOUNG: SOONER PASSING GAME STILL POTENT WITHOUT BROYLES
Less than a month ago, it looked like Bedlam would once again match up arguably the two best wide receivers in the nation in OU's Ryan Broyles and OSU's Justin Blackmon.
But only Blackmon will be on the field Saturday after Broyles tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Texas A&M on Nov. 5.
That has taken one of the Sooners' most dangerous playmakers off the field. But OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young still expects the OU passing game to be potent on Saturday night.
“They are so talented at wide receiver, they can take a great player like Broyles and not really miss a lot,” Young said. “It would be like us losing Blackmon. We have some other really good players. They're very talented, and it won't be much of a drop off.”
OU coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday receiver Jaz Reynolds, who was suspended for the Iowa State game for violating team rules, will play against the Cowboys. Kenny Stills is also a big weapon, hauling in 52 catches for 755 yards and eight touchdowns.
Last season, it was Blackmon who was not healthy for Bedlam. He battled an ankle injury but still caught eight passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.
BLATNICK LOOKS FORWARD TO SENIOR DAY
Blatnick has had quite the journey during his OSU career.
Last August, he was the guy on the StairMaster every practice, serving his punishment after pleading guilty on charges of misdemeanor assault and battery following a bar fight. Today, he's one of the top defensive ends in the Big 12, tying for fourth in the conference with seven sacks.
And before Saturday's game, he will be honored as part of the Senior Night ceremonies before trying to help the Cowboys clinch a Big 12 title in his final season.
“Every time I think about it, I'm like, ‘Wow, that just flew by,'” Blatnick said. “It's nice, but I'm not ready to sit back and look on it just yet. It's not over. Until then, it's just Bedlam, Bedlam, Bedlam. That's all I've got on my mind.”
HOTTEST TICKET AROUND
According to the leading secondary ticket market aggregator, TiqIQ, a ticket to Bedlam is the most valuable college football ticket available this weekend.
The average price for a ticket to the OSU-OU game in Stillwater is $356.92, which is higher than the championship games for the SEC ($296.12), ACC ($180.34), Conference USA ($136.16), Big Ten ($100.64) and Pac-12 ($74.56).
Bedlam still tops all those conference title games even after the ticket price dropped more than 51 percent following OSU's loss to Iowa State.