Why the Bedlam game could be a first-team-to-50 affair

No offense to the defenders, but this edition of the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State Bedlam rivalry is shaping up as a shootout.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: November 24, 2010 at 8:29 am •  Published: November 22, 2010

STILLWATER — Told that college football pundits and prognosticators believe this Bedlam game will be a high-scoring affair, Markelle Martin furrowed his brow.

“I'm a little offended by that,” the Oklahoma State safety said wryly. “I think I should be offended.”

Then, he smiled and laughed.

“I'm kiddin'.”

He knows the score, knows that both teams have high-powered offenses, knows that points are going to be scored in Saturday's game.

Martin and Co. will try to slow the Sooners.

Travis Lewis, Jeremy Beal and the rest of the crew in Norman will try to corral the Cowboys.

But let's be honest — these offenses are going to score on these defenses. The offenses are too good, the defenses too average. Aliens are more likely to land on the 50-yard line at Boone Pickens Stadium than for one of these teams to score a shutout Saturday.

Now make no mistake, this edition of Bedlam promises to be one of the best ever. A divisional crown is on the line. A trip to the Big 12 title game is at stake.

A showdown?

Sure.

But it's going to be a shootout, too.

The Cowboy offense has garnered lots of attention under first-year offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. Rightfully so. OSU leads the nation in total offense, rolling up 552.0 yards per game.

Not even Oregon is averaging that many yards, and the Mighty Ducks been dubbed “Scoregon.”

The reason for the Cowboys' success is no secret.

“The biggest thing is they execute well and they have a lot of good playmakers,” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said. “Put the two of them together, and you have a high-powered offense.”

But while the Cowboys have been lauded for their offense, the Sooner offense hasn't been too shabby either. OU averages 470.0 yards and 36.6 points a game, both marks that rank in the top 20 nationally.


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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PRELUDE TO A SHOOTOUT

This edition of Bedlam promises to be a high-scoring affair. The offenses are great. The defenses? Not so much. Here's a look at some of the national rankings:

Total offense

1. Oklahoma State, 552.0

13. Oklahoma, 470.0

Scoring offense

3. Oklahoma State, 45.3

16. Oklahoma, 36.6

Total defense

62. Oklahoma, 369.0

78. Oklahoma State, 396.1

Scoring defense

29. Oklahoma, 20.4

64. Oklahoma State, 26.0

Passing yards

2. Brandon Weeden, OSU, 3,780

3. Landry Jones, OU, 3,479

Receiving yards

1. Justin Blackmon, OSU, 1,560

3. Ryan Broyles, OU, 1,309

Rushing yards

5. Kendall Hunter, OSU, 1,371

37. DeMarco Murray, OU, 973

HIGH-SCORING BEDLAMS

Bedlam football 2010 is expected to be high-scoring. Only five times in Bedlam history have both teams scored at least 28 points. All five games have been in Stillwater:

2008: OU 61-41 at Stillwater

2004: OU 38-35 at Stillwater

1977: OU 61-28 at Stillwater

2002: OSU 38-28 at Stillwater

1988: OU 31-28 at Stillwater

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