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OSU's road to Bedlam starting to straighten out

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 8, 2011

Hours before their team was even set to take the field, Oklahoma State fans were cheering.

Were they warming up?

Perhaps.

Kansas, after all, was in town, and frankly, the hapless Jayhawks give most opposing fans plenty of reasons to cheer.

But this wasn't about the Jayhawks or even the Cowboys. This was about the Sooners. Yes, there were orange-clad Cowboy fans at a watering hole only a few blocks from campus cheering Oklahoma's beatdown of Texas.

Cowboy Nation wants a Bedlam battle of unbeatens.

It looks more like a certainty every day.

On an afternoon when OSU dispatched Kansas with historic authority, 70-28, the road opened a bit wider for the Cowboys. As they embark on their most difficult pre-Bedlam stretch — back-to-back road games at Texas and Missouri — the task doesn't seem as daunting as it once did.

Not after the Cowboys kept rolling right along.

Not after the Longhorns and Tigers stumbled.

Not that the Cowboys are buying such talk.

“They all get tougher,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said of future games. “As the year goes on, no matter who you're playing, they all get tougher.

“We're going to have to buckle down and get focused.”

He's right, of course, but if this weekend of college football is any indication, these next couple games are more winnable than ever.

Texas is vulnerable.

Ditto for Missouri.

When the dawn broke Saturday, that didn't seem to be the case.

Texas was unbeaten, and even though the Horns' high ranking was an aberration — wins against UCLA and Iowa State a top-10 team make? — they seemed much improved.

Then, they played a good team.

The Longhorns got drummed by 38 points on a neutral field.

As for Missouri, the Tigers had lost only to the Sooners in Norman. No shame in that. Everyone loses in Norman. But since the Tigers gave the Sooners fits, you had to wonder about the Cowboys' trip to Columbia.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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