The Sooners have won seven consecutive Bedlam games but they're an underdog for the first time in the Bob Stoops era. OU is coming off a 53-24 win over Baylor but the Sooners face an OSU offense ranked No. 1 nationally and led by Doak Walker candidate Kendall Hunter, Biletnikoff finalist Justin Blackmon and quarterback Brandon Weeden. Mike Baldwin looks at five Sooners on the spot:
QUARTERBACK LANDRY JONES
Jones has played well since the second half of a loss at Texas A&M. Over the past 10 quarters, Jones has thrown nine touchdowns with only one interception. Can Jones hit big plays down field and avoid turnovers?
CORNERBACK JAMELL FLEMING
Viewed as a question mark entering the season, Fleming is second nationally in passes defended (four interceptions, 11 pass breakups). Fleming faces his toughest test against Justin Blackmon and OSU's deep receiver corps.
RUNNING BACK DEMARCO MURRAY
OU's all-time touchdown leader has averaged only 62.0 yards rushing the past five games but compiled 182 total yards (120 receiving) last week at Baylor. Effective on bubble screens and swing passes, Murray must help move the chains.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE PRYCE MACON
The undersized Macon was moved from defensive end a month ago to help provide depth inside. The Sooners have been vulnerable against the run up the middle. Kendall Hunter and OSU's O-line is the biggest test OU's defensive tackles have faced.
KICKER JIMMY STEVENS
Stevens is 6-of-7 on field goals the past four games, his only miss being a 36-yarder against Texas Tech. It's a game touchdowns will be pivotal. But missing a field goal and coming up empty could produce a huge momentum swing.