But because the Cowboys have Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and a potent passing game Venables can ill afford to put eight men in the box to focus exclusively on the run.
Most expect a shootout with a ton of yards and points.
"We understand Oklahoma State has an excellent team and they've had a great year," said OU coach Bob Stoops. "But we're going to go in, be excited about it and go after it."
Other observations after watching the film:
When given solid protection, QB Landry Jones rarely throws incompletions, a credit to receivers getting open when given time to complete their routes... Broyles is nearly impossible to cover man-to-man. ... Freshman wide receiver Kenny Stills plays like a veteran. ... Fullback Trey Millard and receiver Roy Finch threw solid blocks on Murray's 14-yard TD run out of the diamond set. Millard's blocking all season has been exceptional for a freshman. ... The Sooners once again rotated eight offensive linemen with success against one of the biggest defensive lines they've faced. Reserve guard Brian Lepak played a lot of snaps. ... Tress Way (49.0 average) is punting as well as he has all season.
Austin Box supplied a huge play, stuffing a fourth-and-1 that helped OU take a 14-0 lead. Box, though, suffered an ankle injury covering a kickoff in the first quarter. Box tried to gut it out but left in the second quarter. His status for Bedlam is uncertain. ... Tom Wort (eight tackles, one sack) played well after replacing Box. ... For the second straight game, safety Quinton Carter was OU's leading tackler (10). ... The Sooners were fortunate Baylor's Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half wasn't a touchdown. Brad Taylor juggled the ball in the end zone, allowing Tony Jefferson to steal the ball for an interception. ... Most of OU's No. 1 defense was on the field during Baylor's two fourth-quarter TD drives. ... Defensive end Jeremy Beal's impact goes beyond stats (five tackles, one sack)... Linebacker Travis Lewis recorded a season low three tackles.