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OSU football: Have coaches drawn up something special for Bedlam?

Last year, the OSU staff dialed up a game plan that included an aggressive, blitz-heavy defense and run-heavy offensive attack.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: December 1, 2013

STILLWATER — It's finally time for Bedlam.

After a bye week over Thanksgiving weekend, Oklahoma State will host Oklahoma as the clear favorite in a Saturday matinee showdown, where the Cowboys can capture their second Big 12 title in three seasons.

Here are five early OSU storylines to monitor throughout the week:

How does the coaching staff utilize the bye week?

Two years ago, the Cowboys were coming off their stunning loss at Iowa State when a bye week over Thanksgiving helped coaches dial up a Bedlam game plan that included an aggressive, blitz-heavy defense and a run-heavy offensive attack.

What will OSU do with the extra time this year?

It's certainly not far-fetched to think more creativity is on the way, particularly after the Cowboys ran out two-tight-end sets and handed the ball to fullback Kye Staley seven times against Baylor.

Chelf repeat?

It's a bit unrealistic to expect Cowboy quarterback Clint Chelf to duplicate his historic performance against the Bears in Bedlam.

But it's not unrealistic to expect a senior playing in his last home game to play well.

Last season in Norman, Chelf completed 19-of-37 passes for 253 yards, one touchdown and one interception. That game is also where he showed his first glimpses of being an effective runner, tallying 63 yards on 12 carries, including an early 38-yard quarterback draw. He even had a 36-yard catch and run in that game.

Does offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich opt to utilize Chelf's legs or arm against the Sooners?

The Cowboys don't have a receiver that can burn a secondary quite like Kansas State's Tyler Lockett — though Jhajuan Seales is the most likely candidate to fill that type of role. But the Cowboys have a greater variety of weapons.

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