The Sooners have won eight consecutive Bedlam games and are 10-2 vs. the Cowboys under coach Bob Stoops.
Sophomore guard Gabe Ikard, from Bishop McGuinness, knows OU owns a sizable edge, but the series is 11-5 since he was in kindergarten, when was introduced to the rivalry.
“OU-OSU like in the past is completely different (than any other game),” Ikard said. “I believe in the psychology of sports, but I don't think they're thinking ‘We've lost (eight) in a row.' That doesn't matter.”
WEATHER COULD PLAY A FACTOR
Stoops said last week's game against Iowa State played in north winds that gusted to 45 mph were the worst conditions he's been associated with since his junior year at Iowa on a blustery Saturday the Hawkeyes hosted Michigan State.
For Saturday's Bedlam game, long-range projections predict the high in Stillwater on Saturday will be in the 40s with winds out of the southeast. But there's a 50 percent chance of rain that might turn into a wintry mix when winds shift to the northwest during the evening.
“You know around here that can change,” Stoops said. “But I'll be darned they were right last week. I didn't think they were going to be (right) on Friday. We just experienced it, so if it's similar to that, hopefully we can make some adjustments and be a little better handling it. ”
If the weather turned nasty, which team would it favor?
“I think we would,” Stoops said.
Because you just played in it?
“Because that's what I would say,” Stoops said, smiling. “It depends on how you manage it. We did just play in it. You'd think in those conditions the running game becomes a little more important and stopping the run, those kinds of things, areas I felt we did well this past weekend that made a big difference.”
WILLIAMS TO RECEIVE MORE CARRIES?
Freshman running back Brandon Williams limped to the locker room slowly after Monday's practice. Stoops was surprised to hear the news.
“I never saw him limping,” Stoops said. “He was running out there today like crazy. He looked good.”
Stoops said Williams, who rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries against the Cyclones, could receive more carries this week.
“He looked really good,” Stoops said. “He's done a good job assignment-wise. We plan on planning on playing him, for sure, a good bit.”
BIG TEST FOR PASS DEFENSE
The Sooners have produced several solid defensive performances this season but have allowed more than 500 total yards three times — Baylor (616) Texas Tech (572) and Missouri (532).
Oklahoma State ranks second nationally in passing offense (402 yards a game).
One major challenge will be OSU junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon, the reigning Biletnikoff winner who announced this is his final Bedlam game. Blackmon plans to be part of Senior Day and play in the NFL next season.
“You look forward to these type of matchups,” said OU safety Aaron Colvin. “Big time players make big-time plays in big-time games. Everybody wants to live by that and go out and play their best...
“For us, 90 percent of it is technique even before the snap happens. Great athletes like (Baylor's) Kendall Wright and Justin Blackmon, they're going to make their plays. We have to minimize them and not help them out with bad technique or have our eyes where they shouldn't be.”
Sophomore wide receiver Jaz Reynolds, who suffered a shoulder injury against Baylor, and was suspended for the Iowa State game for team violations, is back with the team but Stoops said: “It's only Monday.”... Senior offensive lineman Jarvis Jones, who hasn't completely recovered from major knee surgery, hasn't been on the active roster while dealing with compliance issues but it appears to be a minor complication.