Oklahoma State's success continues to draw attention and create candidates for awards.
The latest: Mike Gundy's inclusion as a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
Gundy is among eight finalists for the award, which will be presented Dec. 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Joining Gundy on the list of finalists: Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, Auburn's Gene Chizik, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Oregon's Chip Kelly, TCU's Gary Patterson and Boise State's Chris Peterson.
Leave it to OSU's talkative Richetti Jones to put the anticipation level for Saturday's Bedlam clash in a whole new context:
â€œIt's an excitement that you really can't explain,â€ Jones said. â€œIt's an excitement that, if you could sell it in a can, you'd be the richest man on earth, I could tell you that much.
â€œIt's going to be a great game and everyone is excited to play.â€
Bedlam buzz has been building for weeks.
And much of the anticipation centers around the two offenses, suggesting a shootout.
For OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young, it's not so appealing being an afterthought.
â€œIt's a challenge for us,â€ Young said. â€œWe don't want it to be a shootout, we want it to be a shutout. But, hey, realistically, when you're playing against the kind of skill they have and with the tempo that both offenses are playing, you're talking probably 100 snaps that our two defenses are probably going to get.
â€œStats are going to be second to turnovers. You better get some turnovers to give yourself a chance to win.â€
So Young understands the perception. And that a shootout will be the network's promotion plan.
â€œWe'd rather ruin their day on that,â€ Young said. â€œAnd we're going to do whatever we can do to make sure it doesn't happen.â€