"Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.” — Jean Cocteau, French writer STILLWATER — Boone Pickens Stadium, where the Bedlam crusade lands tonight, can be tough enough on the invading Sooners. This patch of prairie where no OU football team lost between 1932 and 1966 has gradually become quicksand. The Sooners have won only five of their last eight games in Payne County. Average margin of victory in the most recent four victories: six. But a six-point win might not be enough for Oklahoma today. The Sooners are mired in a BCS mess, a complication not even Jean Cocteau could understand. OU, Texas and Texas Tech are headed for an unbreakable three-way tie in the Big 12’s South Division, if Tech takes care of Baylor today and the Sooners survive the powerful Cowboys. For OU, third in the current BCS, to warrant enough votes in the polls to overtake No. 2 Texas, the scoreboard might not be the only arbiter. Style points could be necessary. "Style is a magic wand and turns everything to gold that it touches.” — American essayist Logan Pearsall Smith The Sooners certainly won in style last week, a 65-21 rout of then-second-ranked Tech that made all of America take notice. A repeat of that dominance in Bedlam — albeit unlikely — would end most debates about the three-way tie. But style points are dangerous. Great bounty when they come, but risky to obtain. The last two times OU went into games needing style points, it came up way shy on scoreboard points. In the 1978 Orange Bowl, Arkansas routed the Sooners 31-6. In the 1985 Orange Bowl, Washington smacked OU 28-17. Both times, the Sooners entered the game amid a national-championship campaign to sway poll voters. Bob Stoops said the Sooners aren’t worrying about style points. "We never worry about that,” Stoops said. "Didn’t last week. Won’t this week. You do all you can to being prepared as you can be, win any way you have to.” Easier said than done. The OU-Texas debate has dominated ESPN airwaves this week. The Sooners know the stakes. Win big and they’re in the Big 12 title game. Lose and they’re out. Win little and wait for a Sunday afternoon of drama. "Just worry about the W,” said OU cornerback Dom Franks. "We can’t worry about the voters and where they’re going to rank us.” "Style is the perfection of a point of view.” — American poet Richard Eberhart At the heart of OU’s case is that the Sooners aren’t the same team that lost to Texas. They run the ball better. Middle linebacker has been patched, after Ryan Reynolds’ injury in the third quarter against the Longhorns opened the floodgates. Win today, and the Sooners would have the Big 12’s best road win. Win big, and most would be swayed to OU’s point of view. Win with style, and the Sooners would end the complication. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080. Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.